TexPreps Basketball

National Hoopfest Tourney Rolls Through Texas

The weekend before Christmas is typically a relatively quiet one on the holiday basketball tournament front.

But the weekend of December 17-18 was anything but at Dallas Highland Park’s Highlander Fieldhouse as not only was the National Hoopfest Tourney played there, but featured a number of the country’s top programs battling some of our own state’s very best.

Two-time defending Class 5A champion Lancaster had the most eyeballs glued to its game again powerhouse Huntington (WV) St. Joseph Prep, which came in with a dominant second half to knock off the Tigers, 73-62. It is usually Lancaster imposing its athletic will on the opposition, but for this contest it was St. Joseph which put on a display of power, athleticism and, yes, some rim-rattling dunks.

The Tigers have started the season 7-5 while playing a grueling schedule. Texas A&M-bound T.J. Starks had 23 points for Lancaster while promising freshman Mike Miles added 15.

In other action for the tourney that benefits St. Jude Children’s research, Chicago Simeon beat the host Scots, 71-63. Simeon is best known as the alma mater of New York Knock Derrick Rose and has reached the Illinois state tournament five times in the last eight years.

In other action, Chicago Whitney Young beat defending Class 6A state champion, 71-53, while Bel Aire (KS) Sunrise Christian defeated Irving Creative Young Minds Academy, 68-37.

The National Hoopfest Tourney started in 2011 and, with a rotating national schedule, was making its first Texas appearance.

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