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Huffman/Houston Yates basketball preview

Huffman-Hargrave v Houston Yates
Thursday, February 20,2014
North Shore High School 7PM

The first meeting ever between the Huffman-Hargrave Falcons (26-5) and the Houston Yates Lions (19-9) will be for an opportunity one or the other to continue their quest for a 2014 3A state high school basketball title.

Huffman-Hargrave 25-6
Head Coach Scott Barrett
Huffman enters the contest on the heels of a thrilling 95-94 overtime win against 16th ranked Hardin-Jefferson on Tuesday night, February 18, 2014. Zach Dumas led the Falcons with 47 points. The Falcons have now won six in a row.
Huffman averages 75.3 points per game behind the all around scoring of Dumas. The Northwestern Oklahoma State commit averages nearly 28 points per game.
Defensively, the Falcons have been as sound as any team in the state allowing 51.4 points per game. Strong board play and quick hands have given the Falcons opposition in check. Senior Kyle Richardson (6 rebounds per game) leads a team that averages 22 glass cleanings per game. Dumas (3.23), Darion Gray (2.43) and Blake Wilson (2.06) steals per game lead the quick hands unit.
Keys to Victory:
Control the Houston press
Slow down the Lions in transition
Get Houston in foul trouble as early as possible
Limit the Lions second chance opportunities

Houston Yates Lions
Head coach Greg Wise
Houston Yates, a perennial basketball powerhouse having been to the state finals three out of the past four years easily got by KIPP Sunnydale 116-59 to advance to their ninth consecutive Area round berth. The team recently concluded its seventh consecutive undefeated district season notching more then 100 wins along the way and two state titles along the way..
The Lions feature a potent offense having passed the century mark in scoring ten times this season. The Lions led by J.C. Washington average 88.1 points per game. Washington is pumping in nearly 24 points a night leads a trio of players averaging double digits including Melvin Swift (16.2ppg) and Lorenzo Phillips (16.2ppg).
Defensively, the Lions can clog up the middle and have the length to cause problems on the perimeter with Melvin Swift and Daquarious Tucker (both 6’7”) and J.C. Washington (6’5” 205lbs).
Keys to Victory
Keep Zach Dumas in check
Protect the basketball
Make Huffman beat them with the jumper

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