High-flying Friars off to great start

High-flying Friars off to great start

The Friars may have lost their entire starting lineup to graduation, but that doesn't seem to matter to the players that returned to win six of the first seven games of the new season.

The fast-paced, high-flying Friars (6-1) opened with a pair of blowout wins at home, 82-59 over Rockwall-Heath and 71-55 over Arlington Lamar, then won three of four games at the Spring Creek Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by Arlington Martin.

Jake Milkereit pumped in a game-high 30 points against Heath on 11-of-13 shooting while Zach Muller added 23. Milkereit also pulled down eight rebounds and dished four assists.

Muller hit 11-of-15 shots against Lamar for a game-high 30 points while Imo Essien added 20 and Milkereit posted a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The Friars' lone loss to this point came against Mansfield Lake Ridge (89-71), despite 24 from Milkereit, 19 from Muller and 13 by Essien. Milkereit grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Ethan Stock handed out six assists.

Eight different players scored in the Friars' 43-point win over Spruce (86-43), led by Milkereit's 26 and 16 from Muller. Essien added 13 and seven assists. The Friars shot 67 percent from the floor in the contest (32-of-51).

Essien tossed in 21 points to go with six assists in the 75-48 win over Ranchview. Milkereit added 15, Muller had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Lou West added nine points. Milkereit had a game-high 22 points in a win over NCTA (59-57), and Muller added 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Friars faced NCTA against last night and earned a 49-40 win behind 18 from Milkereit and 16 from Muller.

The boys are in San Antonio this weekend to compete in the South San Tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They'll open the event at 6:30 pm Thursday against San Antonio MacArthur. The Friars are one of just two TAPPS schools competing in the 32-team tournament.