It was a perfect start for Baytown-area basketball teams on day one of the Lee College summer basketball tournament,
The Goose Creek Memorial, Sterling Blue and Sterling White teams went a combined 3-0 on day one to start the summer-long league.
Lee and Barbers Hill, who are both involved in league, had byes.
GCM rolled to an easy win over Pasadena, 51-37, as they used a balance of outside shooting and strong play on the inside by the few post players available.
“I think we did a really good job defensively,” GCM head coach Marcus Ebow said. “I really want our guys to get accustomed to playing an up-tempo style of basketball and applying full court pressure. Sam Bradford anchored the defense and had several steals and deflections.”
The defensive effort came in handy when the team didn’t fill the bucket in spurts.
“Offensively we started the game off shooting the ball very well from three with Javier Torres nailing two to start the game,” Ebow said. “Dariyus Woodson also added multiple three balls. Jaylon Thomas and Jesiah Haye also connected from downtown.
“It was a great team effort and it’s always good to start summer league off with a win. Hopefully we can continue to get better and build some team chemistry heading into the school year.”
RSS Blue started the day off with a 35-32 win over Dayton.
“I thought we came very rusty and lazy,” RSS head coach Greg Smith said. “Dayton came out with a lot of energy and making high quality shots. We played from behind the majority of the game, barely squeaking it out at the end with a few big plays including an out of bounds play to Kevin Kirkland.
“Defensively we have a lot of work to do as we didn't do much to contest shots and communication was non-existent.”
Smith liked the efforts of RSS White as they rolled past Dayton to finish out the first night.
“We came out with a lot more energy and intensity,” Smith said. “It was nice to see some of the younger kids playing at that level and competing for spots. There are a few kids in this group that have some things to prove, and this is a good time for them to do so.
Drake Jackson and Jacob Wood hit multiple three-pointers while Kyle Arclies and Kevin Kirkland patrolled the paint for the Rangers.
Gavin Hebert, Jonah Montgomery and David Foxworth played key roles on the defensive side of the ball.
“Overall communication was still the weak point on the day and something that we will have to build on moving onto next week,” Smith said.