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UIL state tournament scouting reports: Kimball, Yates, Denton Ryan, more
Here's a look at each of Thursday's UIL boys basketball state semifinal teams:
Lubbock Estacado vs. Argyle
2 p.m. Thursday (Time Warner Texas Channel)
District: 2-3A (first)
Coach: Tony Wagner
State titles: 1 (2010)
Previous appearances (last): 3 (2010)
Playoff victories: 79-47 over Clint, 79-60 over Seminole, 75-59 over Alvarado, 56-46 over Abilene Wylie
Top players: 6-0 Ryhiem Hunter, G, Sr. (13.8 points per game); 6-0 Anthony Robinson, G, Sr. (13.0 ppg), 6-4 Ti Russell, F, Sr. (11.0 ppg)
Notable: Estacado is at the state tournament for the third time in four years. It was the 3A runner-up in 2009, then won the 3A state title in 2010. Russell, Hunter and 6-4 forward Natrieon Lewis played in the 2010 championship game, combining for 23 points in a 69-63 win over Madison. ... Robinson, who returned two weeks ago after missing four weeks with a broken finger, shoots 55 percent from 3-point range. ... Russell led Estacado with 22 points in a regional semifinal win over Alvarado, then Hunter topped the team with 19 points in the regional final victory against Abilene Wylie.
District: 9-3A (first)
Coach: John King
State titles: 0
Previous appearances (last): 1 (2004)
Playoff victories: 43-29 over Madison, 40-37 over Lovejoy, 49-30 over Texarkana Pleasant Grove, 48-34 over Wilmer-Hutchins
Top players: 6-4 North Texas signee Clarke Overlander, G, Sr.; 5-10 Connor York, G, Sr.; 6-5 Andrew Resch, F, Sr.
Notable: York has averaged a team-leading 14 points per game in the playoffs, and Overlander has averaged 12.5. York scored 18 in the regional final victory over Wilmer-Hutchins, and Overlander had nine points and 10 rebounds. ... Argyle, which was No. 11 in the final 3A state rankings, has playoff wins over No. 7 Madison, No. 17 Lovejoy, No. 16 Pleasant Grove and No. 6 Wilmer-Hutchins and now faces No. 2 Estacado. Argyle allowed just 10 points in the first half against both Madison and Wilmer-Hutchins. ... Three of Argyle's four seniors have started on varsity since they were sophomores, and Overlander started as a freshman.
San Antonio Alamo Heights vs. Kimball
7 p.m. Thursday (Time Warner Texas Channel)
San Antonio Alamo Heights
District: 27-4A (first)
Coach: Andrew Brewer
State titles: 2 1952, 1954,
Previous appearances, last: 4, 1991
Playoff victories: 52-39 against Boerne Champion, 57-39 against Cedar Park, 64-55 against Austin Lake Travis, 72-58 against San Antonio Lanier, 50-39 against San Antonio Edison
Top players: Jeffrey Rodewald; Sr.; G; Ben Lammers; So.; C; Wes Miller; Jr.; G
Notable: This is the first year for coach Andrew Brewer. He replaced Charlie Boggess, who moved to Antonian. ...Alamo Heights outscored Edison 17-4 in the fourth quarter of its Regional final victory. ...Alamo Heights was the No. 2 team in the state in the last poll of TABC. ... Both of Alamo Heights' losses came against San Antonio Brandeis, a 5A school. ...Jeffrey Rodewald led Alamo Heights in scoring in its victory against Edison, with 17 points.
District: 11-4A (second)
Coach: Royce "Snoop" Johnson
State titles: 4 1990, 1996, 1997, 2011
Previous appearances, last: 8, 2011
Playoff victories: 82-70 against Hillcrest, 72-47 against Highland Park, 56-44 against Woodrow Wilson, 85-76 against Manor, 84-63 against South Oak Cliff
Top players: Keith Frazier; Jr.; G; Shannon Lilly; Sr.; G; D'Angelo Allen; So.; F
Notable: Kimball defeated a Region IV opponent, Cedar Park, last year in the state semifinal 50-36. ...Shannon Lilly was the 4A state tournament MVP last season. ... Every time Kimball has advanced to the state tournament, it has won its semifinal game. ... Keith Frazier is sixth in the 4A area in scoring (21.7 ppg), fourth in assists (7.3. apg) and 11th in rebounding (8.1 rpg). ...Kimball lost eight seniors from last year's state title team, including its top four leading scorers in Jordan Williams, Jarion Henry, Jalen Jones and Austin Franklin.
Denton Ryan vs. Houston Yates
8:30 p.m. Thursday (Time Warner Cable Texas Channel)
District: 4-4A (third)
Coach: Bryce Overstreet
State titles: 1 (2000)
Previous state appearances (last): 1 (2000)
Playoff victories: 61-48 over Canyon Randall; 70-51 over El Paso Riverside; 61-59 over Little Elm; 58-56 over Fort Worth Trimble Tech; 71-68 over Fort Worth Arlington Heights.
Top players: 5-11 senior point guard Trey Mohair (19.7 pts., 2.6 assists, 3.1 steals per game) has led Ryan in scoring in every playoff game. 6-3 guard Sam Johnson (11.4 points) and 5-10 guard Marcus Holcomb (10.5) are also double-figure scorers for the season. Another guard, 6-0 senior Trey Cook, leads the team in rebounds with 5.6 per game.
Notable: Ryan finished third in District 4-4A but knocked off district champion Little Elm in the regional quarterfinals. ... Mohair, Johnson, Holcomb and Cook all played for Ryan's football team and Mohair (safety) and Johnson (receiver) were all-district selections. ... Ryan beat Madison, 80-69, to with the 4A title in 2000.
District: 21-4A (first)
Coach: Greg Wise
State titles: 2 (2009, '10)
Previous appearances (last): 3 (2010)
Playoff victories: 125-87 over Houston Wheatley; 99-58 over Manvel; 113-80 over Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated; 68-61 over Humble Kingwood Park; 113-83 over Houston Jones.
Top players: Damyean Dotson, a 6-5 guard who averages 20 points per game and signed with Oregon, scored 26 in a 113-83 win over Houston Jones in the regional finals. Forward Clyde Santee (6-7) is a good rebounder and finisher on fastbreaks. Junior guard Darrion Martin and several other Yates players can score in bunches.
Notable: In 2009 and '10, Yates won its four state tournament games by an average of 22.5 points. ... Yates, which plays full-court pressure defense the entire game, is averaging 104 points per game in the playoffs. ... The only Dallas-area team Yates has played is Flower Mound Marcus, the state's top-ranked 5A team. Marcus won that game in November, 80-67.