North Shore, Fort Bend Christian take top honors at Medina Christmas Classic
For the first time in the short history of the Eric Medina Memorial Christmas Classic, Pasadena High School head coach Jason Pillow gladly had to give two short speeches to teams that won championships.
Representing a growth by the tournament, there was a Platinum and Gold division for the third annual event this weekend and Pillow was one busy man handing out the hardware.
Saturday night at Phillips Field House, North Shore completed a two-day, 4-0 record when it toppled Cinco Ranch 58-53 to win the Platinum Division, while Fort Bend Christian Academy defeated Alief Hastings 55-44 to claim the Gold Division.
North Shore, a 21-6A foe that could be returning to Phillips for a bi-district game against a Pasadena ISD team, only enjoyed a five-point lead entering the final eight minutes.
But solid fourth-period foul shooting enabled the Mustangs to keep the Cougars at bay. The team scored 15 points in the final stanza and nine of the 15 was due to successful free-throw attempts.
The team was strong from the foul line all game long. From the second period on, North Shore scored 20 points from the charity stripe.
K.J. Smith led North Shore in the scoring column with 18 points. Keiman Capers tacked on 12.
Cinco Ranch received 17 points from Braedon Edison, a 6-1 sophomore and 15 points from Derek Dickenscheidt, a 6-5 junior.
Edison netted nine fourth-period points and his final goal of the game got his teammates within 54-52, but no closer.
in Fort Bend Christian Academy’s victory, Timi Ibdapo-Obe netted 22 points, while Chuks Uzoka scored 12 and Damian Adams notched 10.
Hastings shot well from the foul line, sinking 13-of-16, but Fort Bend Christian was 8-of-9.
The Pasadena ISD teams had a rough tournament. Dobie, Rayburn and Pasadena all competed in the Gold Division and none came close to reaching the Final Four.
Pasadena did play for fifth place, but lost to Houston Heights. The Eagles opened with a win over Aldine MacArthur, before dropping a 53-48 decision to the eventual champs, Fort Bend Christian Academy.
Pasadena defeated Mickey Leland High School, before losing to the Heights team.
Rayburn fell 61-56 to Friendswood Friday morning and then to Northside. The Texans and Dobie were slated to meet in a meaningless game but because they’re district foes, they called off the Saturday morning contest.
Goose Creek Memorial and Galveston Ball were scheduled to meet in the Gold Division’s consolation finals, but because those two are district foes, that game was never played.