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Findlay too much for Yates, 95-69

Here’s how bad it got for Houston (Texas) Yates in its highly-anticipated nationally-televised matchup with Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep Thursday night.

Midway through the fourth quarter, it wasn’t a question of whether Yates would get its trademark 100 points, but whether the team would get even a single basket in the quarter.

It finally did – with less than three minutes to go. But by that time the game had long been over as Findlay Prep easily won the battle of the past two national champions, 95-69, at Texas Southern University in Houston.

The loss ended Yates’ 66-game winning streak – a run that lasted nearly two years. But most of those victories came with the 12 players who finished their careers last season, when Yates won its national title.

Nick Johnson

Findlay Prep's Nick Johnson was perfect from the field against Yates' relentless pressure.

This year’s team, though athletically gifted, isn’t ready for prime time just yet.

Yates ran out to a 27-17 lead with less than a minute to go in the first quarter before Findlay Prep’s polished and patient backcourt of Texas commit Myck Kabongo and Arizona commit Nick Johnson proved to be the difference.

Findlay Prep (15-1) closed the opening quarter with a 5-0 run. Then used a 20-6 burst to start the second to pull out to a 42-33 advantage.

From there the gap kept widening – 56-42 at half to 76-63 after three quarters to 94-67 after Yates finally got that fourth-quarter basket.

Johnson finished with 24 points. More impressively, he did not miss a shot from the field, going 8-for-8. Kabongo added 18.

But it was their poise and presence against Yates’ press that was the difference. The two had few turnovers – thus limiting the number of easy baskets for Yates. Instead, it was Findlay Prep which had the easy shots, many of which went to St. John’s commit Amir Garrett, who finished with 22 points.

The loss was Yates’ first since Dec. 20, 2008, when it fell to Houston (Texas) Alief Elsik, 78-76.

The point total (69) was its lowest since the 2007-08 team beat Beaumont (Texas) Ozen, 62-60, on Feb. 29, 2008.

For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Houston Chronicle.

For complete coverage of Texas high school hoops all season long, check out TexasHoops.com.

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