Several ranked teams opened their seasons Tuesday night, with one taking a major beating.
Texas was the biggest hub of activity, where No. 9 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas), No. 25 Fort Bend Bush (Richmond, Texas) and Yates (Houston, Texas) all tipped off.
Marcus dropped Heritage (Colleyville, Texas), 54-40, behind 21 points from star junior Marcus Smart, and Yates stormed past Dickinson (Dickinson, Texas) 128-65 [More from the Houston Chronicle]. But the big story was La Marque (La Marque, Texas) taking Fort Bend Bush behind the woodshed, 103-71 [More from The Daily News].
The Broncos are missing several players still making the transition from basketball to football, including the coach's kid and point guard, Travis Courtney.
In Memphis, No. 4 Melrose (Memphis, Tenn.) disposed of Fairley (Memphis, Tenn.) 66-34 [More from The Commercial Appeal] behind 20 points from Adonis Thomas, prompting this quote from Fairley head coach Sylvester Ford;
"They've got guys who play above the rim and we're pretty much below it."