Find My Team >>

Log in to High School OT with one click using your favorite social network:
Log in using your High School OT account:

Wrong email/password combination.

Forgot password?

Register with High School OT using your favorite social network:
Register for a High School OT account using our web form.
Log In

2012 Holiday Invitational Live Blog

FINAL: DeSoto (TX) wins Summit Hospitality title

Published: 2012-12-29 19:11:00
Updated: 2012-12-29 21:16:47

Dec 29, 2012 Holiday Invitational logo Holiday Invitational

FINAL, DeSoto 45, St. Josephs 42 : The DeSoto High School Eagles held on in the final minutes to defeat St. Josephs High School and win the Summit Hospitality Championship on Saturday evening.

St. Josephs scored well in the second half but could not come up with enough stops on defense to battle back into a winning position. The team had multiple chances to hit a game-tying shot in the final seconds, but multiple misfires doomed the Falcons as the buzzer sounded. 7-footer Karl Towns Jr. finished the game with 13 points and 8 rebounds. He shot 3-6 from 3-point range. Also taking on scoring responsibilities for the Falcons were James Ziemba and Marques Townes, each with 10 points in the losing effort.

For the champion DeSoto Eagles, it was Matthew Jones making clutch free throws at the end of the game, just as he has been asked to do all through the tournament. He finished with 9 points, and Terry Masten finished with 14.

ESPN has consistently ranked the DeSoto High School Eagles of Texas as one of the best high school basketball teams in the country. Now, they will have a Holiday Invitational title to add to their already impressive resume. 

END 3Q, DeSoto 31 St. Josephs 30 : A duel between two offensively skilled teams has become a defensive showdown through three quarters. Both schools have seemed rather sluggish coming out of the half and have each missed several easy shots from the field. A highlight of the third quarter came when DeSoto's Matthew Jones leaped up to snag a missed Eagle shot and score on a put-back dunk. In the final three minutes of the quarter, Karl Towns knocked down two consecutive three-pointers for St. Josephs, showing off the range on his jumpshot and bringing the game to within a point.

HALF, DeSoto 21 St. Josephs 16 : DeSoto has executed the gameplan to perfection in the first half, holding the threat that is Karl Towns to just the two points. Towns picked these points up at the end of the 2nd quarter at the foul line.

Devin Wyatt has scored 5 points for DeSoto in an impressive team display that has not seen a single dominant scorer. The Eagles have done an exceptional job of sharing the ball around the court in all three of their games so far. To this point, they have seemed to be the deeper and more 3-dimensional team on the floor.

Center James Ziemba leads St. Josephs with 6 points. Karl Towns has not found penetration in the post and is having trouble getting the ball in scoring position. Credit the Eagles for attempting to get the 7-footer and foul trouble. They are also laying down smothering defensive coverage on the Falcon star when he is on the court.

END 1Q, DeSoto 9 St. Josephs 5 : It took St. Josephs over 4 minutes to score their first points and the DeSoto High School Eagles shot out of the gate to take a quick lead after one quarter of play. Starting guard Matthew Jones scored 4 points for DeSoto. The combination of Terry Masten and Devin Wyatt has done a good job defending Karl Towns to this point. Towns is scoreless, and sat on the bench a bit in the first minutes. The Falcon coaching staff needs to use Towns intelligently, as his foul trouble has been something to watch in St. Josephs' first games.

PREGAME : The championship game of the Summit Hospitality Bracket is all set to begin. The game will feature two out-of-state schools with some big-name recruits, as St. Josephs High School (NJ) and Karl Towns Jr. will face DeSoto High School (TX) and Matthew Jones. Towns is a 7 footer heading to Kentucky, and Jones will suit up for the Blue Devils next year.

The DeSoto Eagles have impressed many on their road to the final game. In their first game of the week, the Eagles defeated defending North Carolina 3A State Champion Kinston High School. Later, they beat a talented Hampton, Virginia team despite hot shooting from NC State recruit Anthony Barber. DeSoto is a team trending upwards. So far they have gotten a good amount of scoring from Jones, a starting guard. The Eagles have also owned the paint this week with big men Terry Masten and Devin Wyatt. 

However, Karl Towns Jr. and St. Josephs might have something to say about this post dominance. The Falcons have had an easier road on their way to the finals, winning a coin toss to defeat Holly Springs after weather and travel problems canceled the game on the first day of the tournament. Since then, the Falcons have played just one game, in which they downed the Broughton Capitals. Towns, one of the top ranked high school players in the nation, will look to assert his dominance and live up to his high expectations by winning the Summit Hospitality Bracket.


Back to 2012 Holiday Invitational Live Blog


This blog post is closed for comments.

More HSOT Today
More On The Trail
HighSchoolOT Forums
More HighSchoolOT Forums
  1. Chris__Edwards: Happy birthday, @braydensims_ hope it's been a great day. Keep doing your thing!
      — Sunday, September 14, 2014 7:54 PM
  2. JamesAlverson: Man, some stellar QB play on NFL RedZone Channel right now. Rams, Bucs, Jets ... Ick
      — Sunday, September 14, 2014 7:37 PM
  3. Chris__Edwards: RT @kellymo85: @Chris__Edwards is all ready for Halloween!! #LoveHimAndHisHumor
      — Sunday, September 14, 2014 7:15 PM
  4. NickStevensHSOT: Me looking at my fantasy team today...
      — Sunday, September 14, 2014 6:10 PM
  5. JamesAlverson: RT @daringantt: So, today in a nutshell for Cam Newton.
      — Sunday, September 14, 2014 6:04 PM
  6. JamesAlverson: RT @ESPNStatsInfo: Kirk Cousins passed for 250 yds, 2 TDs and zero interceptions today. RGIII had only accomplished those numbers in a game…
      — Sunday, September 14, 2014 5:59 PM
  7. NickStevensHSOT: #Panthers #KeepPounding
      — Sunday, September 14, 2014 3:42 PM
  8. NickStevensHSOT: Hello, Kelvin!
      — Sunday, September 14, 2014 3:32 PM
  9. JamesAlverson: My take on Triangle area HS FB statements made in week 4 #HSOTScores
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 9:43 PM
  10. JamesAlverson: Longer than 140 characters on Duke's dominance of Kansas today. Blue Devils by a 41-3 count. #DukeVsKansas
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 9:41 PM
  11. Chris__Edwards: Friendly reminder, we are exactly 5 months away from the start of @Duke_BASE season!
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 7:53 PM
  12. ZachMayoHSOT: RT @LRHSnews: Congrats to Braxton Berrios for his first career college TD today! Leesville's finest has 3 catches for 44 yds.
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:42 PM
  13. HighSchoolOT: Statement week in Triangle for a few teams
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:26 PM
  14. JamesAlverson: Devils lead Jayhawks 20-3 at the HALF.
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 5:12 PM
  15. JamesAlverson: 56 yard FG attempt for Kansas as Half expires ... Duke should have put someone back to return it. Had no chance of making it.
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 5:11 PM
  16. JamesAlverson: It hasn't been pretty performance for Anthony Boone, 9 of 20 for 63 yards as we tick under 2 min, but Duke's up 20-3 so yeah, just win baby
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 5:02 PM
  17. JamesAlverson: RT @_JoshDGraham: Ruff on why he decided to score TD, rather than kick last-second field goal: "That's what we do, dawg."
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 4:59 PM
  18. JamesAlverson: Crowd not happy with the Off PI call against Duke, but he did throw up the stiff arm (more than push off) that allowed him better separation
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 4:57 PM
  19. JamesAlverson: RT @lebrownlow: Down 20-3 facing 4th and 12 at the Duke 37, Kansas punts and it bounces easily into the end zone for a net of 17 yards. #th
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 4:53 PM
  20. JamesAlverson: RT @MarkPacker: I always thought the UGa-South Carolina game should be played in primetime...apparently Mother Nature agreed. #Section91
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 4:52 PM
  21. JamesAlverson: RT @TMitrosilis: Pretty funny: #Vandy DL gave #UMass kicker a hug after missing FG to tie game. Vine:
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 4:51 PM
  22. HighSchoolOT: Did you miss #FootballFriday on @WRAL last night? Watch the full show here: #HSOT #WRAL
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:18 AM
  23. HighSchoolOT: 40 photos from Clayton's 38-21 win over Smithfield-Selma: #HSOT
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:13 AM
  24. HighSchoolOT: 34 photos from Northwood's 56-14 win over Carrboro: #HSOT
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:10 AM
  25. HighSchoolOT: 36 photos from Orange's 54-14 win over Graham: #HSOT
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:08 AM
  26. HighSchoolOT: 27 photos from Millbrook's 46-7 win over Northern Durham: #HSOT
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:07 AM
  27. HighSchoolOT: 47 photos from Panther Creek's 41-0 shutout of Jordan: #HSOT
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:04 AM
  28. HighSchoolOT: 50 photos from Garner's 48-0 win over Cary: #HSOT
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:02 AM
  29. HighSchoolOT: 61 photos from Corinth Holders' big win over Bunn, 61-27: #HSOT
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM
  30. HighSchoolOT: 51 photos from Dudley's 12-9 win over Hillside on Friday: #HSOT
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 9:57 AM
  31. HighSchoolOT: 53 photos from Holly Springs' 17-7 win over Sanderson on Friday: #HSOT
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 9:55 AM
  32. HighSchoolOT: 49 photos from Cleveland's 35-21 win over Green Hope: #HSOT
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 9:52 AM
  33. HighSchoolOT: 63 photos from East Wake's 34-29 win over Heritage on Friday: #HSOT
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 9:49 AM
  34. HighSchoolOT: Corinth Holders drubs Bunn, 61-27
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 4:32 AM
  35. HighSchoolOT: Northwood continues winning streak in a 42-14 win over Carrboro
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 3:27 AM
  36. HighSchoolOT: Dudley nips Hillside, 12-9
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 3:27 AM
  37. HighSchoolOT: Lee County stays undefeated after a 43-12 win over Western Harnett
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:11 AM
  38. HighSchoolOT: Hertford County gets past Nash Central , 20-18
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:11 AM
  39. HighSchoolOT: @ebonyy2001 @cb_brody @wralsportsfan You can see it online:
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:09 AM
  40. HighSchoolOT: RT @D_Shawdy: Yer boi and company were bout it on #FootballFriday @HighSchoolOT @GreenArmycghsnc s/o Tom Suiter
      — Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:09 AM