Westside to face Madison
Bellaire's six-year reign atop the District 20-5A boys basketball standings could be tested. Based on midseason form, the league favorites aren't the Cardinals, but Madison and Westside.
The Marlins and Wolves will meet on Wednesday at Butler Sports Complex, with the winner getting the upper hand.
Madison has played the best ball of any team in the league. Coach Craig Maura's squad finished fourth at the recent Houston ISD Boys Basketball Tournament after winning the Aldine ISD event a few weeks earlier.
Westside hasn't made the playoffs in a few seasons, but head coach Deon Williams has the Wolves competing hard.
ABOUT THE GAME
• Matchup: Madison Marlins vs. Westside Wolves
• When: 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6
• Where: Butler Sports Complex
• What's at stake: The early District 20-5A lead is up for grabs. With a young Bellaire team still maturing, the opportunity is there for a team like Madison or Westside to take advantage of the situation and win the league title.
• Madison players to watch: G C.J. Shelvin, G Jonathan Barefield, PG Dedrick Basile, F Roderick Smith, F Daniel Wilson, G Everett Anderson, G Jordan Kelly, F Ashton Richardson.
• Westside players to watch: G Michael Gholston, G Robert Hatter, F Jamarcus Williams, G Kofi Anane-Sekyere, F Sidney Pritchett, G Stefon Rhodes, G Cleveland Batiste, F Roddrick Trimont, F Travis Timothy, G Jaylun Jones, P Davis Iheanacho, P Nijiel Jones.
• Madison: The Marlins won three games at the Houston ISD Tournament, beating Scarborough 94-62, Jones 83-79 and league foe Chavez 69-50. Madison pushed eventual tourney champion Westbury Christian 80-66 in a semifinal loss before falling to Wheatley 76-72 in the third-place game. The Marlins rely on an explosive backcourt, led by Shelvin and Barefield, while Smith and Wilson provide the inside scoring and rebounding.
• Westside: At the Houston ISD Boys Basketball Tournament, the Wolves edged Washington 62-59 and came up just short in a 57-55 defeat to St. Thomas in the second round. Gholston, a standout guard, leads a deep, balanced Westside attack.