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McKinney edges Cy Falls in Cy-Hoops Invitational final, wins title

McKinney High School defeated Cy Falls High School, 48-47, for the Cy-Hoops Invitational title.
McKinney High School senior Ja’Kobe Walter, left, drives to the basket against Cypress Falls High School senior Russell Moore during the championship game of the 12th annual Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational at the Berry Center on Dec. 11. McKinney defeated the Golden Eagles, 48-47, for the championship and Walter was named the tournament MVP.

Dec. 14, 2021—McKinney High School defeated Cypress Falls High School, 48-47, in the championship game of the 12th annual Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational on Dec. 11 at the Berry Center to win the 22-team tournament.

It’s the first Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational title for McKinney. The Lions are the ninth different champion in the tournament’s history.

Cypress Falls finished as the invitational runner-up for the third time (2011, 2016 and 2021). The Golden Eagles defeated Spring (56-48), Humble Summer Creek (62-55), Cypress Springs (42-23) and Mansfield Summit (43-41) to reach the championship game.

The McKinney Lions celebrate after winning first place in the 12th annual Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational.
The McKinney Lions celebrate after winning first place in the 12th annual Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational on Dec. 11 at the Berry Center. McKinney is the tournament’s ninth different championship in its history.

Dickinson High School placed third in the tournament, while Cy-Fair High School won the consolation championship by defeating Cypress Creek High School, 62-55.

McKinney senior guard Ja’Kobe Walter was named the Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational Most Valuable Player. Cypress Falls senior guard Jesaiah McWright won the inaugural De’Aaron Fox Most Outstanding Player Award. Named after the former Cypress Lakes High School basketball standout and current NBA star, the honor will be awarded to a player who excels on the court but also embodies the spirit of a student-athlete.

Cypress Falls High School senior Jesaiah McWright won the inaugural De’Aaron Fox Most Outstanding Player Award.
Cypress Falls High School senior Jesaiah McWright poses with Charles Ament, CFISD associate director of athletics, following the Golden Eagles’ runner-up finish in the Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational. McWright was presented with the inaugural De’Aaron Fox Most Outstanding Player Award. Named after the former Cypress Lakes High School basketball standout and current NBA star, the honor is awarded to a player who excels on the court but also embodies the spirit of a student-athlete.

“This is incredible,” McKinney Head Coach Wes Watson said. “We knew coming in how difficult a tournament this is. It’s one of the best tournaments in the state and we were thrilled to get the invitation to come play here. Some of the best teams in our area have been coming down, and for us to get that call was special.”

Said Cypress Falls Head Coach Richard Flores: “For us to have the success that we did and be able to play in a championship game, it speaks to our guys’ commitment to the things we talk about day to day. It takes a lot of quick adjustment because there’s a quick turnaround potentially, so I’m proud of our guys and the effort we had.”

Cy-Fair High School senior Brady Smith, right, drives to the basket while Cypress Creek High School's Noah Martin closes in.
Cy-Fair High School senior Brady Smith, right, drives to the basket while Cypress Creek High School junior Noah Martin closes in during the Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational consolation championship game on Dec. 11 at the Berry Center. The Bobcats won the game, 62-55, to claim the consolation title.

The three-day tournament in partnership with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Houston Methodist West Hospital benefits the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF). Sponsors included:

  • De’Aaron Fox;
  • Spradley Endodontics;
  • Spring Cypress Oral Surgery & Implant Center;
  • Wainwright Dental & Associates, PC;
  • Xerox Business Solutions Southwest;
  • Barcelona;
  • Bridgeland;
  • Houston Basketball Academy/Cleveland Stiff Insurance;
  • Raising Cane’s;
  • Spring Creek Barbeque;
  • Community Impact Newspaper;
  • Academy Sports & Outdoors;
  • Hellas Construction;
  • Hunton Group;
  • PBK;
  • Pride & Recognition;
  • The Backyard Grill;
  • Estrada Hinojosa & Company;
  • Northwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram;
  • Railroad Infrastructure & Terminal Development, LLC;
  • Station & Ayers Insurance Planning Services, LLC;
  • Alpha Electric Company;
  • HCL Mechanical Services, LLC;
  • Lone Star College—CyFair;
  • Page;
  • Sani-Weld, Inc.; and
  • True Image Orthodontics.

Cypress Springs and Cypress Ranch play a championship bracket contest on Dec. 10.
Cypress Springs and Cypress Ranch high schools play a championship bracket contest on Dec. 10 in the Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational.

 Team meals and hospitality donations were provided by:

  • Chick-fil-A;
  • Jersey Mike’s;
  • Rudy’s;
  • PJ’s Coffee;
  • HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress;
  • Jason’s Deli;
  • Taco Cabana;
  • Panera Bread;
  • Clean Juice;
  • McAlister’s Deli;
  • Newk’s Eatery;
  • Firehouse Subs;
  • Carl’s BBQ;
  • Pluckers;
  • Alpha Pizza;
  • The Lost Cajun;
  • Giannina’s Pizza and Catering;
  • Buffalo Wild Wings;
  • Texas Mesquite Grill;
  • Chuy’s;
  • Andy’s Kitchen;
  • Creekwood Grill;
  • Cypress Trail Hideout;
  • Bluewater Seafood;
  • Ambriza;
  • Taco Casa;
  • The Union Kitchen;
  • The Station Seafood Co.;
  • Raising Cane’s; and
  • The Backyard Grill.

Mansfield Summit and Dickinson high schools compete in the third-place game at the Berry Center on Dec. 11.
Mansfield Summit and Dickinson high schools compete in the third-place game at the Berry Center on Dec. 11 in the Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational. Dickinson won the contest, 72-68.

 A completed bracket with results from the tournament is available on the Berry Center website. Tournament photos are available on the CFISD Facebook page