Brandeis, Fulmore ride to titles at Brahma Bowl

Brandeis Orange rebounded from a disappointing season-opening tournament, surging through the playoffs to the Brahma Bowl high school division title. Brandeis defeated John Jay in the final, 300-185, while Fulmore A erased a 105-point deficit in the final four tossups to edge Holy Family Blue, 280-265, in the middle school championship match.

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St. Dominic Savio and Clark were the other nationals qualifiers from the high school division, while Fulmore B and St. Theresa Red were the semifinalists in the MS field.

Full statistics from the event are available, as is a photo gallery from the day.

The leading scorer in each division propeled his team to the final: John Jay’s Aeddon Chipman (90.5 PPG) and Holy Family’s Johnny Miri (87.22 PPG).

img_5902Fulmore A was led by Nic Currie and Maverick Trumpler with 52.14 and 50 PPG respectively.

Next Saturday, TQBA will be at Lovejoy in North Texas for the Leopards’ Lair high school event.

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Lamar IB triumphs at inaugural Rio Grande Valley Bowl

McAllen’s Lamar International Baccalaureate Academy won all nine of its matches at TQBA’s first Rio Grande Valley Bowl, taking the final 350-150 over Juan Diego Academy A on Saturday at McAllen High.

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Lamar and Juan Diego were joined in the semifinals by Weslaco East and Lamar’s B team. Those four teams are eligible to register for the High School National Championship Tournament.

After a 60-point victory over Juan Diego A during morning preliminaries, Lamar’s Jonathan Galvan ensured there would be no revenge in the final. He scored 115 points to propel Lamar to a more comfortable victory in the second meeting between the event’s top two teams.

Galvan was the event’s leading scorer, with Weslaco East’s Isaiah Maldonado, Lamar’s Gabriel Ramirez close behind. Juan Diego’s Mary Graham and McAllen’s Garrett Garzoni were fourth and fifth respectively.

Statistics from the event are available here. A picture gallery is available at our Facebook page.

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Lovejoy Invades Alamo City, Edges St. Stephen’s for Title

Lucas Lovejoy got hot when it mattered, going from a 3-3 9th seed in a 12-team playoff to the championship at Alamo City VI. They won a tight final over Austin’s St. Stephen’s, 315-295, on Saturday at Brandeis.

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Clark and Strake Jesuit Ignatius were the other semifinalists in a tournament where the top tier of teams were tight throughout. The average margin of victory across the final three matches was 50 points.

Statistics from the event are available here. An extensive picture gallery is available as well.

img_5241aIn the end, it was Noah Corbitt (right) and Lovejoy that surged late to claim the final, scoring 175 consecutive second-half points to erase a triple-digit deficit and claim the top plaque.

It was a tough ending for St. Stephen’s, which won its quarterfinal on overtime, then claimed its semifinal by scoring 125 points on the last three cycles.

img_5167John Jay’s Aeddon Chipman (left) was the individual leading scorer, with just over 100 points per game. John Luke Broussard and Joshua Hew, who each led a split-squad Strake Jesuit team, were second and third.

The next local tournament for the San Antonio area is Brahma Bowl, a dual HS/MS event at MacArthur on November 12.

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John Paul II repeats as Sparkling City champion

Corpus Christi’s St. John Paul II High School retained its Sparkling City title Saturday in the tournament’s third iteration, defeating Mission’s Juan Diego Academy 355-70 in the tournament final.

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The semifinalists were London and Port Aransas, while Flour Bluff, Carroll, Sinton and Rockport-Fulton reached the quarterfinals.

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Here is a link to complete tournament statistics. There is also a photo gallery from the tournament playoffs.

Alex Kimmel (left) from JPII was the tournament’s leading scorer with 121 points per game. Flour Bluff’s Hallie Trial was second, while Mary Graham from Juan Diego was third.

Next on the slate is Alamo City VI at Brandeis on Oct. 22, followed by our first Rio Grande Valley event on Oct. 29 at McAllen High.

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Taylor repeats as Kickoff champion

Congratulations to Taylor High School who defeated St. Mark’s School of Texas 480-180 to win the 2o16 TQBA Kickoff Classic XII event at Seven Lakes High School in Katy. Taylor and St. Mark’s defeated St. John’s Red and Strake Jesuit Green in the semifinals.

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Quarterfinalists were LASA B, LASA D, St. Thomas, Debakey A. All quarterfinalists qualified to attend the 2017 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament.

Here is a link to the complete tournament statistics. There is also a photo gallery from the semifinals and finals of the tournament.

This is the second consecutive year that Taylor has won the Kickoff Classic. Last year, Taylor defeated St. Thomas in the final of the event. Strake Jesuit White went unbeaten to win the novice division.

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St. Mark’s, Coppell West win season-opener at Greenhill

Congratulations to St. Mark’s A, winners of the Hornet Hullabaloo varsity division via a 440-245 final victory over Strake Jesuit A. Other varsity semifinalists were Cistercian B and Windhaven Park B; rounding out the HSNCT qualifiers were quarterfinalists St. Thomas, Cistercian A, Cistercian C and Windhaven Park A.

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Windhaven Park D wimg_4511on the novice high school division, while Coppell West won the middle school division. Coppell West, losing finalist Greenhill A, and semifinalists Plano St. Mark and Frisco Nelson qualified for nationals.

Full statistics from the event can be found here.

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LASA wins PACE NSC

Congratulations to the LASA team of Trevor Binford, John DiCarlo, Ethan Russo, and Corin Wagen who defeated a team from Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 500-310, today in the final of the PACE National Scholastics Championship in Chicago. This is LASA’s second PACE NSC championship. The school previously won in 2014 and was runner-up in 2015.

27387769022_7334e8f3b1_hThanks to Colin McNamara for the photo.
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Led by LASA, Texas contingent excels in HSNCT playoffs

LASA A (14-2) led the TQBA contingent with a fourth-place finish at the 2016 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament on Sunday in Dallas, as the Texas delegation occupied six of the top 33 and 11 of the top 76 spots — both highs among all states.

Though LASA became the first team since 2011 Dorman to run the table 10-0 on Saturday, the fourth-place finish ended their remarkable streak of 11 consecutive top 3 finishes at HSNCT and NSC. Corin Wagen went 40-43-11 for 55.4 PPG over two days; Ethan Russo scored a nearly identical 39-42-11 for 53.98 PPG. Wagen was the 16th-ranked individual scorer on Saturday; Russo was 26th.

Katy Taylor and St. Mark’s each went 10-5, placing among eight teams that tied for 13th. Freshman William Golden (77.25 PPG) and departing senior Eric Liu (27.74) paced the Mustangs. Golden with the ninth-ranked individual scorer Saturday. Junior Patrick Magee paced a relatively balanced Lions squad also featuring Brent Weisberg, Tim O’Meara and John Crawford.

Reagan, St. John’s and LASA B were all 9-5, finishing among 13 teams tied for 21st. Senior Sam Lin, the 29th-ranked Saturday scorer, scored 54 PPG for Reagan, with balanced support from senior Abhi Rao, junior Michael Lange and junior Meg Burns. Junior Andy Huff had 55.63 PPG over the weekend for St. John’s, with freshman Shomik Ghose adding 31.79 and junior Aileen Zhang contributing 20.86. LASA’s second team was remarkably balanced, with Nishanth Kalavakolanu, Graham Stockton, Cass Plowman and Ujwal Punyamurtula all scoring 25 and 29 PPG.

Vishal Puppala scored 59.51 PPG to lead Village to an 8-5 record, tying for 34th. Seven Lakes A, St. Thomas A, Cinco Ranch and Bellaire were all 7-5 to tie for 53rd, each lasting two rounds on Sunday. Cinco’s Amol Patil was Saturday’s #8 scorer with 80.19 PPG.

DeBakey, Cy-Fair, LASA C and St. Mark’s B rounded out the playoff contingent, finishing 6-5. DeBakey’s Gram Brinson was Saturday’s 10th-place scorer with 73.02 PPG.

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Follow TQBA’s teams at HSNCT this weekend!

TQBA will once again be updating a Texas Team Tracker spreadsheet during HSNCT on Saturday and Sunday to make our teams’ results easily accessible throughout the day. Use the above link to view our Google sheet as it updates. Navigate between geographic regions via the Austin / Dallas / Houston / Katy / San Antonio tabs. We hope to keep it accurate within 30-45 minutes of results as they are posted by NAQT.

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Nine Texas teams advance at MSNCT

Nine Texas teams have advanced to the playoffs at MSNCT in Atlanta. The nine are: Kealing (7-1),  T.H. Rogers A (6-2), Plano St. Mark (6-2), St. John’s A (6-2), St. Mark’s (6-2), Village (5-3), Parish (5-3), T.H. Rogers C (5-3), and Fulmore A (5-3).

During tomorrow’s playoff rounds you can continue to use our Texas team tracker to keep up with our teams’ progress.

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