Throwdown in D-Town
Findlay Prep and Flower Mound Marcus to square off in early December
The chase for a mythical national high school title will make a pit-stop in Dallas on December 3 as Findlay Prep will visit Flower Mound Marcus in a highly anticipated showdown.
Lancaster Coliseum will serve as host for a five-game slate over two days, headlined by this nationally recognized match-up.
Findlay Prep, a modern-day basketball factory, has produced three one-and-done prospects in recent years: Avery Bradley (Boston Celtics), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavilers) and Corey Joseph (San Antonio Spurs).
And this year's roster is bolstered by 6-8 Arizona-commit, Brandon Ashley and top-10 nationally ranked power forward, Anthony Bennett, along with the heralded duo of Dominic Artis and Winston Shepard on the perimeter.
Flower Mound Marcus features a dynamic and talented trio in Marcus Smart, Phil Forte and Nick Banyard. Smart, an Oklahoma State-commit and top player in the state, should be a shoe-in McDonald's All-American wing player. Fellow OSU-bound lead guard Phil Forte is a top notch shooter and Banyard, a New Mexico-commit, has a lethal midrange game.
Full schedule of games:
Friday, December 2, 2011
5:00 p.m. Flower Mound Marcus JV vs. Lancaster JV
6:15 p.m. God’s Academy vs. El Paso Burgess
7:30 p.m. Flower Mound Marcus vs. Lancaster
Saturday, December 3, 2011
5:00 p.m. El Paso Burgess vs. Lancaster 5pm
6:15 p.m. Findlay Prep vs. Flower Mound Marcus
NOTE: Lancaster Boy’s Basketball Program will be retiring the jersey of Marcus Smart's older brother, Todd Westbrook, before Friday night's 7:30 p.m. game.
Westbrook played for Lancaster from 1986-1988, earning district 7-4A Sophomore of the Year Award and First-Team Honors.
After missing most of his junior year with a cancer diagnosis, Westbrook made a remarkable recovery and returned to the court during his senior campaign to lead his Lancaster Tigers to a No. 2 ranking in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 4A polls and to the 4A semifinals, where they lost in overtime against Port Arthur Lincoln. After a lengthy battle with cancer, he passed away at age 33 on January 9, 2004.
Coach Douglass of Lancaster: "When I see Marcus Smart play, it is like seeing Todd [Westbrook] play."