Boys Basketball Player of the Week
Week 1 star: Tony Crocker
led Warren to the North East Tournament title, averaging almost 20 points in the four victories and winning the MVP award. Crocker, a 6-foot-5 senior, scored 22 each against MacArthur and Southwest, then had 18 against Churchill in the semifinals and 17 against Boerne in the final. He started the week with 25 in a loss to Lanier.
Other standouts: John Gonzales, Harlandale (averaged 25 points in two games); Jarrett McGriff, Stacey (averaged 24 points in two games)
; Michael Rocha, Edison (averaged 30.5 points in two games).
Jay uses comeback to topple Reagan
Guard Jesse Gonzales
led a second-half comeback that gave Jay a 64-59 victory Reagan in boys non-district action at Paul Taylor Field House on Tuesday night.
hit his first four shots in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer, then added seven more in the fourth, including 5 for 6 at the free-throw line, to spark the Mustangs.
Reagan, No. 7 in the Express-News area rankings, led 16-7 at the end of the first quarter and 27-23 at halftime before the Mustangs had 22-16 and 19-16 advantages in the last two quarters.
"Jesse stepped up," Jay coach Romy Vela said. "We finally started taking care of the ball. Normally we make 15-18 turnovers a game but had only 11 tonight. And we also made our free throws."
The Mustangs (3-2) hit 19 of 21 at the line, contrasted with 10 of 19 for Reagan (3-3), which lost its third consecutive game. In the fourth quarter, Jay was 13 of 14 at the line, the miss breaking a string of 16 straight. Reagan failed on 6-of-8 free shots in the third period.
Reagan coach Jimmy Littleton said, "The key for us was that we didn't rebound on either end of the court, which killed us. No. 10 (Gonzales) made a difference. He sees the floor real well and kept going to his left instead of right like we wanted him to. Their quickness also took us out of our game in the second half."
Forward Paul Ferguson and post Shawn Rouse added 12 points each for Jay. Ferguson was 8 for 8 at the free-throw stripe and Rouse put two rebounds back in. Raymond Crawford had two baskets off offensive rebounds in the second quarter as Jay began its comeback.
Center Cory Griffin led the Rattlers with 16 points, 14 in the second half, while Brandon Wilson tallied 13, including three 3-pointers that led a 7-1 Reagan bulge in that department.
Wilson's last 3-pointer tied the game at 35-all with 3:15 left in the third quarter before K.C. Rainey scored on a drive to put Jay ahead to stay a minute later.
A three-point play by Griffin cut Jay's lead to 55-54 with 2:35 left in the game, but Jeremy Barnes hit two free throws and Crawford converted a steal to make it 59-54.
Jay's lead was 60-58 with 47 seconds left when Gonzales
hit a baseline drive, Reagan 1-of-2 free throws, then Ferguson both free throws after a steal. Rouse had a defensive rebound on the game's last shot.