Time flies when you’re having fun. The final basketball contests of January ’18 take place tonight. As district wins become more important, the lights shine brighter. Get out tonight and support the squad! On the eve of Signing Day ’18, let’s relax and enjoy an evening of hoops.
Quick Synopsis: With five/six games in district remaining, Rouse is the favorite to win it all at 11-0. However, don’t rule a Connally challenge. If the Cougars beat East View tonight, that sets up a huge game between the top seeded Raiders and Connally (a match up that Rouse won 77-62 back in December). The most important game of the evening involves a Georgetown program looking to leapfrog Hutto (and possibly Cedar Park) to sneak into postseason. The task is tall, as they’ll play district perfect Rouse. Hutto is holding the fourth and final playoff spot currently, hosting a Bastrop team that has dropped 12 games in a row.
Rouse (11-0) @ Georgetown (6-6)
Cedar Park (9-3) @ Cedar Creek (1-11)
East View (3-8) @ Connally (8-2)
Bastrop (1-9) @ Hutto (7-4)
Quick Synopsis: How big was Austin High’s win over Lanier last week? It kept the Maroons playoff hopes alive, and gave the rest of the district hope that they may can at least tie for share of the district title. In 25-5A, anything can happen, which makes tonight’s slate a sleeper. Can Austin High keep it rolling at Rae Harvey and LBJ? Crockett needs a dub tonight, but faces Viking team in a bounce back spot. Reagan holds a 1 game lead over McCallum and Austin for the 3rd seed, and plays a young Travis program tonight.
LBJ (5-2) @ Austin High (4-4)
Lanier (7-1) @ Crockett (2-5)
Reagan (5-3) @ Travis (0-8)
Quick Synopsis: The playing field is even, past the halfway point of the 13-6A district slate. No team in the Top Four seeds has less than 2 losses. Tonight is paramount for Cedar Ridge versus a younger Stony Point program. They sit two games outside the 4th and final playoff spot, having lost 2 straight. McNeil is in similar need of a dub, facing a Westwood team that has dropped the first 2 road games of a 4-game away stint. Quietly, Round Rock Hoops is the hottest of the bunch, ringing off 3 straight wins (@ Hendrickson, v. McNeil, v. Stony Point). The final game of their 4 game home stand is tonight versus ‘tied for first place’ Pflugerville.
Cedar Ridge (3-5) @ Stony Point (1-7)
Westwood (4-3) @ McNeil (3-6)
Round Rock (4-3) @ Pflugerville (6-2)
Quick Synopsis: Second half of district play begins tonight for 14-6A! San Marcos has been the area’s biggest surprise, and faces a Manor team looking for consecutive dubs. Akins heartbreaker versus Anderson last week gave the team more confidence as they hit the road versus Del Valle. Tied for top seeded Anderson gets bottom seed Bowie in a rematch of their district opener.
Akins (2-4) @ Del Valle (4-2)
Bowie (1-6) @ Anderson (4-1)
San Marcos (4-1) @ Manor (2-4)
Quick Synopsis: For all the greatness Westlake has accomplished over their 8-0 district run, Lake Travis still has a chance to share a piece of the 25-6A title if they score an upset in ‘Part Deux’ of 2018’s Basketball Battle of the Lakes. The Chaps took Round One 65-51 during the their January 6th Saturday match up. Meanwhile, Leander looks beat Vandegrift for the 2nd time this season – but the Vipers have home court advantage in tonight’s match up. Whomever loses between Leander/Vandy will pick up their 5th district loss, putting them in jeopardy of mssing the 4thh playoff spots. Hays has a shooters chance to get in, but have lost four straight since they beat Leander.
Westlake (8-0) @ Lake Travis (6-1)
Leander (3-4) @ Vandegrift (4-4)
Lehman (1-7) @ Hays (2-6)
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