Kyle Dow scored 20 points and Jalen Flowers added 19 points, five steals and seven rebounds Thursday to lead the Union Grove seventh-grade A-team Grizzlies to a 55-35 victory over Liberty Hill in their conference opener.
Chanon Lacewell had five points, including a 3-pointer midway in the second quarter that allowed Union Grove to pull away for good.
The Grizzlies outscored Union Grove (3-2) 20-3 in the second quarter and led 31-13 at halftime.
Liberty Hill cut the deficit to 10 in the third quarter, but never got any closer.
Devyne Williams led the Lions with 14 points. Other scorers were Tamoi Williams (11 points), Jordan Braithwaite (seven) and Alex Rivera (two). Michael Adams, Jalin Dillard and Alex Rivera were defensive standouts.
The seventh-grade Lions host Nolan on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the first round of the Invitational Tournament. The eighth-grade game will follow at 7 p.m.
PALO ALTO 7A 34, PATTERSON 7A 28: Ta’Veon Sevaaetasi scored 14 points and the Patriots outscored Patterson 13-4 in the fourth quarter to win their conference opener.
Sevaaetasi also had two rebounds, and four steals.
Other contributors for Palo Alto were Tavon McCorvey (10 points, three rebounds, five steals), Dayshaun Young (six points), Khalil Grant (four points, three steals) and Darius McLeod, Patrick Davison, Romeo Postell and Joshua James.
Damon Hewing led the defeated Cavaliers with eight points.
Chandler Sutton had six points. Amir Davis and Javier Molina-Oquendo had four each. Elijah Hicks scored three.
The A-team Patriots host Copperas Cove Junior High on Wednesday in the KISD Invitational tournament.
MANOR 7A 52, NOLAN 7A 40: Ricardo Rivera-Lewis led the defeated Mustangs with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Other contributors were Janhanselor Curry (eight points, 10 rebounds), Lee Martin (seven points, seven rebounds), Dvaugh Kent (four points) and Omari Brathwaite (two points).
Trelon Saddler was a defensive standout.
PALO ALTO 7B 27, PATTERSON 7B 16: Carl Dickens had eight points, six steals and two assists to lead the Patriots to a conference-opening victory.
Other contributors for Palo Alto were Jaquietin Taylor (seven points), Scotty Eddings (five points), Nehemiah Brown (five points, three rebounds, three steals), Carlon Rivera (two points, four rebounds), Joshua Newman (three rebounds, three steals) and Gregory Cook (two rebounds, one block, five steals)
Julien Jimenez led the defeated Cavaliers with six points.
Jervaughn Walker, Brian Gardner and Angel Rivera scored four points each. Preston Mills had two.
MANOR 7B 38, NOLAN 7B 19: The Rams outscored Nolan 20-4 in the third quarter to erase an 11-8 halftime deficit.
Jaylin Eddie led short-handed Nolan with 15 points and three steals. Johvanny Raminez and Daniel Mathney each scored two points. John Whitmire and Aaron Nicoll were defensive standouts.
Manor had just five players available.
LIBERTY HILL 7B 24, UNION GROVE 7B 10: Elijah Whatley scored six points as the Lions won their conference opener.
Other scorers for Union Grove (2-3) were Nathaniel Meteyor (five points), Dorian Black (four points), Taluai Histake, Austin Young, Chris Han and Thian Pate (two each) and Damien Curley (one).
Shacobe Marzett and Jonathan Lindsey were defensive standouts.
Liberty Hill led 15-4 at halftime.
Jordan Vales led the defeated Grizzlies with five points. Kainoa Rillera added four, and Satchel Bellard had one.
PALO ALTO 8A 47, PATERSON 8A 38: At Palo Alto, Darius Black led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points in the Patriots’ victory.
Other scorers for Palo Alto were Keoni Quartero (10 points), Leonard Penick (nine), Caylon Moten (eight) and Ne’andre Wilson (six).
Brandon Johnson, Kareen Paton and Kemarrian and Moses Ross were defensive standouts.
Jakari Thomas scored 10 points to lead the defeated Cavaliers.
Other scorers for Patterson were Xavier Wilson (eight points), Ka’Rahn Salter and Avante Bell (six each), Maurice Berry (four) and Tayon Hill and William Duran (two each).
NOLAN 8A 52, MANOR 8A 45: At Manor, Jyaire Shorter had 17 points and six rebounds and the Mustangs rallied from a halftime deficit to win their conference opener.
Trayvon Todd added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Demontrion Curb and Marcus Eiland had two points each and forced several turnovers in the second half to help the Mustangs take the lead.
Shon Holloway grabbed four rebounds off the bench.
Jaden James had 11 points, four assists and nine rebounds for Manor (3-1). Jhared Collins added 11 points and three rebounds.
Montego Mulcavaney finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks. Elijah Moleon had eight pooints, 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Other Manor contributors were KJ Green (three points, three rebounds), Bryan Brock (two points, eight rebounds, two blocks) and defensive standouts Demarcus Leach, Ashton Vories, Christian Epting and Sydney Monroe.
The A-team Mustangs travel to Liberty Hill on Wednesday to begin play in the KISD Invitational tournament. Manor opens play at Audie Murphy.
PALO ALTO 8B 32, PATTERSON 8B 17: At Palo Alto, Jordan Jimerson scored 10 points as the Patriots remained undefeated in conference play.
Other standouts for Palo Alto (6-1) were Daron Allman (five points), Andrew Bailey and Keoni Curry (four each) and Tarek Coleman, Carlos Rivera, Darrell Crowder, Koshon Williams, Robert Moore, Mi’idris Guy and Jordan House.
Tim Reed and Jaysian Tyson each had four points to lead the defeated Cavalier.
Reginald Evelyn, Darodrian Jones, Brandon Harrison and Elijah Santiago each scored two points. Tyrese Felder scored one.
MANOR 8B 31, NOLAN 8B 20: At Manor, Micah Owens had eight points, seven steals and five assists, and Andreus Williams added eight points and 12 rebounds to lead the Rams to a conference-opening win.
Other contributors for Manor (4-1) were Alfred Lafayette (seven points, three assists), Lorenzo Hampton (four points), Brandon Banks (two points, four steals), Joedecy Sharp (two points, eight rebounds, three blocks) and defensive standouts Dequan Williams, Vontavious Pearson, London Bennett, Dominic Bacon, Bre’Shun Fennell and Rafael Berstain.
Manor’s next game will be Jan. 23 at Audie Murphy.
Dominick Gross led the defeated Mustangs with seven points and four rebounds.
Other contributors for Nolan were Tavis Johnson and Jamarious Terry (four points each), Kris Melgar (three points) and Titus Brooks (two points, four steals).
MANOR 8A 44, NOLAN 8A 3: Alia Vines hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to account for the defeated Lady Mustangs’ points.
Vines also had two rebounds. Shamira Peters had two offensive rebounds. Hillary Henyo had two steals. Other standouts were Ivana Kombet-Odango and Shayla Williams.
MANOR 8B 35, NOLAN 8B 3: Ahleeyah Brown led the defeated Lady Mustangs with two points. Remani Slater added one.
Katrina McMillin grabbed three offensive rebounds. Brown, Slater, Tatum Knox and Alayna Nunn each had two steals.
NOLAN 7B 22, MANOR 7B 6: Jaqueisha Montgomery scored 12 points to lead the Lady Mustangs to a victory.
Other scorers for Nolan were Jaycie Amezcua (eight points), Makala Marsh (four) and Kayla Davis and Kristina Jenkins (two each).
Tynasia Thomas, Rhonda Ellis-Tinsley, Karen Ortiz, Samantha Atkins and Chyna Rackley were defensive standouts.
MANOR 7A 42, NOLAN 7A 6.