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January 29, 2013

PREP HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Scoring trends in 21-5A

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Scoring trends for 21-5A boys

As we did last week, it’s time to delve into the scoring trends this season for the District 21-5A boys. What’s interesting here, though, is that unlike the 20-4A boys, there wasn’t a ton of movement between the season averages and the last 10 games for much of this district.

Like the Central boys, North Shore clearly is at the head of the pack. The Mustangs are scoring more points than anyone else at 61.3 per game and have one of the best defenses at 51.0 points allowed per game.

Three teams have allowed fewer points than the Mustangs, including Channelview at 50.4 ppg allowed and Port Arthur Memorial at 50.8 ppg allowed. But, the cream of the defensive crop is Baytown Sterling, who is allowing just 49.1 points per game this season.

Following North Shore in points per game are Channelview at 58.6, La Porte at 55.5 and Memorial at 55.0. Interestingly, the district’s second place team, Beaumont West Brook, finds itself fifth in both scoring average and scoring defense at 54.7 ppg and 53.1 points allowed.

Most of the district remained relatively stable in the last ten games from their overall numbers. Sterling saw the biggest collapse in scoring, seeing its point per game total drop 5.3 points to 45.7. That may explain why the Rangers jumped out to a big non-district win total at 15-7 but have gone just 1-7 in district play.

North Shore saw the biggest increase, upping its total points per game by 3.3 to 64.6. The Mustangs also saw a drop in their scoring defense, allowing 48.9 points per game, which is second best in the district over the last 10 games.

Which leaves the three other playoff teams. La Porte is fighting to get in, but sits two games behind both third place teams in Memorial and Channelview. The Bulldogs have a better scoring offense than Memorial at 55.5 per game, but have the second worst defensive average in the league.

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