East falls in both games to open Tournament
Dec. 28, 2017 at 10:12 p.m.
Quincy Johnson is one of two Victoria East players with varsity experience.
The 5-foot-4 sophomore finds himself leading the Titans during what's been a rebuilding season.
"I let the guys know to keep their energy up," Johnson said. "To keep the pace and not let up when we get on a run."
The Titans suffered a 67-54 loss to Corpus Christi King in the opener of the Mike Smith Classic before dropping a 78-55 decision to Austin High on Thursday at the District Event Center.
"We start off bad, but in the middle of the game we start to pick it up and it's too late," Johnson said. "It's all fundamental."
Johnson led the Titans (2-14) with 16 points against the Mustangs and 10 points against Austin High.
Behind Johnson and Ed Clay, (14 points) the Titans scored 19 points in the fourth quarter.
"We are yet to put four quarters together," said East coach Peter Staackmann. "Once we do, we'll be a tough team to beat."
In the second game against Austin High, the Titans were a different team at the free throw line.
East connected on 10 out of 15 free throws but couldn't get going offensively behind the Maroons' offense, which connected on nine three-pointers.
"Offensively and defensively, we break down," Staackmann said. "Once we get that going, we'll be all right."
The Titans trailed 15-5 to start the game before J'Den Miller scored at the basket while getting fouled.
After his free throw, the Titans found themselves within six.
Miller, a sophomore in his first year on varsity, finished with eight points.
"I feel I'm getting better with every game," Miller said. "We still need to be better at making our shots, and we need to get offensive boards, box out more and penetrate."
The Titans came within five points before the Maroons closed the quarter on a 4-0 run.
Joe Kinkade scored three of his five three pointers in the quarter.
He led all scorers with 17 points.
In the second quarter, the Maroons pulled away behind Aleu Aleu and Calvin Williams, who combined for 13 points in the quarter.
"It's a tough tournament," Staackmann said. "But it's a time for us to get five games in against really good competition so we can work on our game."
The Maroons took their largest lead at 55-35 in the third quarter before scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to assure their victory.
"We can't let up," Johnson said. "We have to play better defense as a team."
The Titans now turn their attention to Day 2 of the tournament.
They'll face Kerville Tivy at 10 a.m. Friday and Kingwood Park at 3 p.m.
"I want to see them do the best they can," Staackmann said. "They're very good teams, but I think we match up well against them."
Mike Smith Classic
Corpus Christi King 67, Victoria East 54
Points - (East) Quincy Johnson 16, Ed Clay 14, Wallace McNary 8, Jaren Wilson 6, J'Den Miller 2, Austin Allen 2, Elijah Hooker 5, D'ary Patton 1. (King) Kenyatis Turner 23, Andre Rivera 8, Josh Auzenne 7, Mikhail Morin 5, Nacho Garza 3, Chris Manyeki 1, Alberto Quintanar 6, Isaiah Martinez 14. Halftime - King 35-28. 3 - pointers - Wallance McNary 1, Quincy Johnson 2, Josh Auzenne 1, Andre Rivera 2, Isaiah Martinez 3.
Records - East 2-14, King 12-6.
Austin High 78, Victoria East 55
Points - (East) Quincy Johnson 10, Ed Clay 3, Wallace McNary 7, J'Den Miller 8, Austin Allen 1, Elijah Hooker 4, D'ary Patton 6. Andrew Alexander 7, Zane Yates 8. (Austin) Aleu Aleu 15, Joe Kinkade 17, Josh Jones 5, Colby Kalbacher 6, Sawyer Berry 11, Calvin Williams 12, John Schneider 8, Lucas Renfroe 4. Halftime - Austin 40-24. 3 - pointers - Joe Kinkade 5, Josh Jones 1, Sawyer Berry 1, Calvin Williams 2, Wallace McNary 2, J'Den Miller 2, Andrew Alexander 1, Zane Yates 2.
Records - East 2-14, Austin 10-5