Tuesday’s meeting between Episcopal HS and Lamar HS comprised a list of greater Houston’s most promising Soph’s and Jr’s. Lamar’s 2021 stud Isaac Heron gave LHS an early lead by knocking down 2 early 3’s. His big shots combined with Dennis Sharps’ offensive aggressiveness gave Lamar a slight edge early on. Episcopal’s “never rattled” approach forced a 13-13 tie to end the 1st quarter, settling down after a slow start. The 2nd period featured EHS’s Jackson Cokinos drilling two trifecta’s of his own and a nice floater to the rack giving the Knights a four point lead midway through the period. Episcopal’s zone/man trapping defense led by junior D’Avian Houston’s pressure and 6’8 junior DJ Nussbaum’s inside presence created turnovers and stretched the lead to 11 at the break.
The 3rd quarter began with the same relentless defensive pressure applied by Episcopal, increasing the lead to 18 at 2:26 mark of the 3rd. Lamar’s Herron, Sharp, and Mario Davis did there best to keep their squad within reach, but the Texans still were behind, 51-29.
The 4th quarter highlighted EHS’s consistency on defense and their balanced approach offensively, featuring a dunk by Adam Kanafani(8 pts). Nine different Knights Scored. LHS’s Ives Bankita (5 pts.) and Nick Harris (5 pts.) contributed in the 4th, but wasn’t enough to prevent an Episocpal victory 62-46. Episcopal’s leading scorers were Jackson Cokinos (13 pts) and D.J. Nussbaums (10 pts). Lamar was lead by Dennis Sharp (14 pts) and Isaac Heron (11 pts).