The Cinco Ranch Cougar boys basketball team is gunning for another District 19-6A title this year. After completing the first go-around in District, the Cougs are 6-1. Last year Cinco Ranch was undefeated in District and on a 23 game winning streak when they were defeated by Davis, 65-61. The goal this year is to go even further.
The Cougars graduated six players from last year’s team, but forward Marcus Jones was the only starter. Returning this year are senior guards, J.R. Adams and Tyrus Perez; junior guard, Jay Jay Chandler and senior post Zack Zeller.
Head coach Neil King said Adams picked up where he left off, scoring 20 points per game. King is playing ‘hard-nosed’ defense. Six-foot three Chandler has increased his scoring from 12.2 points per game last year to 20 this year and Zeller is making his presence known on the inside. Tyrus Perez is scoring 20 points per game from the outside.
The Cougars only loss this season at press time was to Seven Lakes, 61-57 on Jan. 8. Mayde Creek pushed the Cougs into overtime, with Cinco Ranch coming out on top, 72-66.
Mayde Creek Rams say they will be in the playoffs this year
The Rams finished fifth in District 19-6A last year. At press time, Mayde Creek is 12-9 overall and tied for fifth place at 4-4 in district play with Taylor. The big thing in Mayde Creek’s favor as they fight for the last playoff position is the ability of the Rams to score big. Averaging right at 70 points per game, they are the highest scoring team in the District. Presently they have 538 total points as compared to the next high scoring team, first place, Cinco Ranch with 507. Seven Lakes, who is now in fourth place has 467 and Taylor with 395.
The Rams graduated eight players last year from the team, including guards Demarco Enoch and Kalu Idika, but Jvon McCormick is back, leading the team in points, rebounds and assists. The senior guard is a two-time First Team All District player and the 2012-13 Newcomer Of The Year for 19-6A.
The Rams promoted six seniors from junior varsity and added senior point guard Dezmond Barnes, a transfer from Cypress Lakes. Ram head coach, Nicholas Barosh, describes Barnes as a player who brings defensive energy to the Ram game, a good three point shooter, averages 10 points per game and with five assists.
Another returning player, senior guard/forward, Keinann Ayers averages 16 points per game and is second in rebounding.
With Barnes leading the way on defense, Mayde Creek needs to cut down the points scored against them. They lead the district with 540, with second place being Morton Ranch at 496 who is in last place in the district.