TMI cagers win Hawkins tournament

The varsity basketball team of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas celebrates victory at the Hawkins tournament Dec. 14 at Hawkins High School with Head Basketball Coach Bob Pels, left, and Assistant Coach Gerald Alsheimer.

The boys varsity basketball team of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas won four games against tough teams to clinch the Wolfpack Classic Tournament, played Dec. 12-14 at Hawkins High School.

The Panthers pushed past local rival Antonian College Preparatory High School by 50-45 ; dominated nationally recognized Sunrise Christian Academy of Belaire, Kan., 52-34; bested defending champions Redemption Christian Academy of Houston, 55-47; and won the championship when they put away San Antonio Can Academy, 77-39.

TMI sophomore LeSean Brown – recipient of one of the school’s Alkek Scholarships, a four-year, full-tuition merit award – led the team with 17 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist. Junior Nelson Black of Corpus Christi scored 12 points and got four rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Both Brown and Black were named to the tournament all-star team. Other TMI high scorers included junior Brendan McLaughlin with 12 points, Miguel Ahlers and Nick Ramey with seven points each and senior JT Plummer with six.

“We played inspired basketball and upset three excellent teams to win the tourney,” said TMI Head Basketball Coach Pels. “We played great defense, had very few turnovers and outrebounded them. The key to the tourney was that our team did not allow any team to get to 50 points against us.” While two of his players were named tournament all-stars, “All the boys really played at that level.”

This was the Panthers’ second tournament win of the season; they also won the Marlin Classic Tournament on Nov. 23 in Port Aransas.