The standout point guard, Chris Saiz, at Cinco Ranch High School was killed late Tuesday in a one-vehicle car accident around 11:30 p.m. The accident has left the Cinco Ranch community numb.
Chris was such a fine young man, an intelligent young man, said Cinco Ranch basketball coach Neil King. He was a great student-athlete. He did everything in the classroom that was ever asked of him.
He's a very talented young man on the court. He comes from an outstanding family. His mom and dad and brother are just unbelievable people, King told Your Houston News.
The Cinco Ranch junior was in a car with fellow teammate Derrick Jones when the car spun out of control. According to Cinco Ranch athletic coordinator Don Clayton, Jones had been driving, but lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree.
The two players were then taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Jones survived the accident, but Saiz was pronounced dead.
It's a sad day, King said. We're just trying to lean on our Cinco family and try to get through this.
A memorial service will be held in the Cinco Ranch gymnasium to commemorate the life of the team's second leading scorer who averaged 15.4 points per game.
Saiz was a talented point guard and he was also talented at sharing the ball on the basketball court. Saiz and one of his teammates, Garrett Wilson, formed a dynamic duo in games for the team.
Garret's a great shooter, so he stretches the floor, Saiz had said in the past. So when he's shooting well, it opens up the floor for me and when I'm driving, I can kick it to him. So it's just hard to guard both of us at the same time.
A candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cinco Ranch gym, King told the Houston Chronicle.