December 16, 2013
Galena Park North Shore and Plano West provided an exciting championship game in the Cypress Hoops Invitational, with North Shore winning 62-58 in overtime.
Dec. 16, 2013—The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) raised more than $18,000 for student scholarships and teacher excellence grants through the fourth annual Cypress Hoops Invitational, held Dec. 12-14 at CFISD campuses and the Berry Center.
The 24-team tournament was underwritten by North Cypress Sports Medicine Center and featured five teams ranked in the top 20 in the state.
Galena Park North Shore High School won the championship, defeating Plano West High School 62-58 in overtime on Saturday night at the Berry Center. North Shore senior Brandon Green was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Beaumont Ozen High School won the third-place game, 78-72, over Cypress Lakes High School. Texas City High School won the fourth-place game, 52-42, over Cypress Falls High School. Cypress Woods High School won the fifth-place game, 66-54, over Plano East High School.
“I thought the tournament was outstanding. It was a first-class field of teams,” said Cypress Woods head coach Chris Draudt. “It was filled with top-ranked teams, top-ranked players and game after game of close, competitive action. The championship game was an overtime thriller matching up two state-ranked teams—not much more you could ask for in your tournament.”
The tournament featured a promotion from Northwest Dodge in which three contestants had the chance to make four shots in 30 seconds in order to win a new car. The championship game featured a game of H.O.R.S.E. pitting Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry against former Cypress Creek High School principal Jim Wells and community member Kenneth Gamble.
North Shore High School celebrates winning the Cypress Hoops Invitational at the Berry Center on Saturday night.
Employees and students in CFISD’s Club Rewind before- and after-school programs provided halftime entertainment for the Friday night and Saturday afternoon games at the Berry Center, while also leading cheering sections on both sides of the court.
“I thought the hospitality of the event staff and sponsors was first rate. CFISD was well represented in every way,” Draudt said. “The addition of the Club Rewind kids made a lot of the action feel like each team had their home fans cheering along with them. I thought it was great!”
The following sponsors helped make the event a success:
Nick Garth (3) and Cypress Lakes High School played the Beaumont Ozen Panthers in the third-place game, losing 78-72 on Saturday.
Club Rewind staff members and students provided halftime entertainment during some of the games at the Berry Center, and led cheering sections for each team.
Retired Cypress Creek High School principal Jim Wells (left) and Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry participated in a game of H.O.R.S.E. during the Cypress Hoops Invitational championship game on Saturday.