Saturday, February 28, 2015

Piper Sub State (Boys)


by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

2 teams in this bracket went to state last year in 4A.  It is no secret that Basehor-Linwood is the heavy favorite to win this bracket and go back to Salina.  Piper or Sumner Academy however would need to play extremely well to prevent it.

Lets start however with the rematch between Piper and Sumner Academy.  Piper pulled away from Sumner Academy earlier in the season.  The Sabres will be without Jalen Taylor with his elbow injury.  Sumner Academy behind Derek Sykes has played well in the last few weeks.  He has the ability to be the best player on the floor if he attacks the Pirates.  This will be one of the better match ups in the first round of sub state.

Who wins would depend on which Piper team shows up?  All things being equal Piper should win and I am picking it to go that way.

Basehor-Linwood vs Piper part 3 for a second year in a row and I would expect Basehor-Linwood to make it 6 straight.

I don't want to completely dismiss Tonganoxie out of respect.  This team has some kids with a lot of heart and I am sure they will come play very hard.

Good luck to all the teams.

Blue Valley West Sub State (Girls)


by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Mill Valley secured a 2 seed with their 17-3 record which has afforded them to play a 1 win team in the first round.  Short of a tremendous upset in the first round they will face a 6 loss Blue Valley Southwest team.  I honestly don't know much but hope that home court advantage and Jabria Leggett's leadership will be enough to earn them a trip to Topeka.

Turner and Harmon have both struggle this season and won't likely be a threat in substate this year.

Good luck to all the teams.

Blue Valley West Sub State (Boys)


by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

If you are Mill Valley you can't be upset with your draw at all.  This should be a competitive bottom of the bracket but the good news is there is no dominant team in this draw.  Aquinas was at the state tournament last year and fought some injuries this year.  Mill Valley however have the players to get hot and at least get that first win at home against Pittsburg.

Turner and Harmon can't be that upset with their draws either.  They haven't won many games but they have been competitive and getting to play teams with 7 and 8 losses should make these substate games no different.  My message to both is why not?

Good luck to Mill Valley, Turner and Harmon.

Lansing Sub State (Boys)


by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

A good chance we see one of our local teams come out of the bottom of this bracket.  The question however is who will that be.

The Lansing matches up with the Schlagle Stallions.  The Lions will be the favorite at home against Schlagle but if Lansing doesn't execute the Stallions could have a rainbow of hope.  Lansing has become a big 5 as they have 4 players that can consistently get into double digits.  Schlagle will need to create some foul trouble for Lansing specifically with Krystian Abbott.  Abbott has been the primary ball handler for the Lions with little depth behind him.  I would expect Lansing to get this win with the emergence of Trevor Young.

Washington has home court advantage at the bottom of the bracket and face a 4 win Topeka West team.  I expect little trouble for Washington.

I am picking a Lansing vs Washington match up for a return to Topeka.  Lansing would have to have a magical performance shooting the basketball because they will be negated on the front line with Washington's size.

My Pick: Washington

Lansing Sub State (Girls)


by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Schlagle's loss on the road yesterday has sent them down a very ugly path for an opportunity at going to Topeka.  Sure in the first round finds them matched up with Washington who they have blown out twice this season but are starring at a match up with the defending 5A champion Leavenworth.  We play the games for a reason so there will be little pressure on Schlagle but need to focus on getting past the Wildcats.

Lansing finds an opportunity at the bottom of this bracket where 4 teams with similar records will match up.

Good luck to Schlagle, Washington and Lansing.

Scores 2/27/2015

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Girls:

Top news of the night is the Sumner Academy Lady Sabres who fought off a double digit deficit in the first half to defeat Schlagle 62-58.  The Sabres claim a share of the league title with Schlagle.  This was a fantastic win for Sumner who now claims the 1 seed in their substate, which will earn them a first round game with Tonganoxie. 

Schlagle came into this game loose and confident and outplayed Sumner through 2 and a half quarters when Sumner started their change.  Samia Roark went off for 33 points and solidified a strong regular season.  She is certainly talented enough along with other key pieces to challenge for a trip to state against likely Piper opponent in the final.

For Schlagle this can not be the end of the world and certainly is not a time to hang their heads.  We will have to follow the injury to Kiara Brown and hope she is ready to go for substate.  My message is simple.  You are a good team and do not let one tough road loss turn into an early substate exit.

Piper molly whops Lansing 78-53.  Haley White led the way with 20.  Jessica Wayne finishes an excellent regular season with 18.  Lexi Owens with 15  and Maya Morrow with 13.

Mill Valley had to work a bit harder than expected against Basehor-Linwood, winning 47-36.

Boys:

Sumner Academy defeated Schlagle 49-43.  Derek Sykes is making a late season charge for the Sabres and led them with 20.  Ladarius Brooks led the Stallions with 9.

Piper wins 71-61 at Lansing.  I can not figure Piper as Vince Eskina went off and helped led the Pirates to the win. 

This sets up a first round match up and rematch between Piper and Sumner Academy in the first round of Substate.  Definitely one of the more intriguing games of the first round as Piper will look to defeat Sumner Academy again.  The Sabres will be without Jalen Taylor.

Basehor-Linwood man handled Mill Valley 55-31.  Great game by Carson Fliger who looked like a new player in the post for the Bobcats.  They will be incredibly hard to beat if he is going to maintain this level of play.  For Mill Valley they were simply over whelmed and simply make many of the jumpers that they took. 

If you can't see the difference between an Alpha Dog and a regular player then you need to watch closer.  Logan Koch and Patrick Muldoon are Alpha Dogs and it could not be any more evident from their play last night.

Basehor-Linwood will play Tonganoxie in the first round and will be a huge favorite to head back to Salina.

Bonner Springs defeats 69-55.  Antonio Roark with 17 and Brenden Dotson with 16.  Andre Jackson led the Bears with 14 and Darnell Miller had 12.

Bonner is starring at a very tough task in their substate as Eudora and Miege share the stage for a trip to state.

Washington blasted Harmon 71-36 and head into substate with a positive.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Scores 2/24/2015

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Boys:

The Wyandotte Bulldogs took the trip to Atchison and claim the road win 72-56.  2015 KCAL All Star Theo Bass led the way with 21 while Todd Kennedy added 18.  Wykeen Gill paced the Redmen with 23 points.

The Lansing Lions claimed a road win at Bonner Springs 69-63.  The Lions had 5 players in double figures.  2015 KVL All Star Kenneth Banks led the way with 17.  Trevor Young posted a double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.  2015 KVL All Star Brenden Dotson paced the Braves with 22 points.

Piper hangs on to beat Bishop Ward 65-63. 

Basehor-Linwood wins 64-47 over a very game Turner squad.  2015 KVL All Star Patrick Muldoon scored 27 points to help keep Basehor undefeated.

Mill Valley gets the win against Tonganoxie 60-46.

I am looking forward to the game Friday at Mill Valley.  SHUKC's Game of the Week between the Jaguars and Basehor-Linwood.  Quietly the Jaguars have won 8 in a row with Logan Koch getting stronger.  This is going to be a fun game.


Girls

Piper wins big against Bishop Ward 77-45.  Jessica Wayne with 13, Haley White with 11, Lexi Owens with 10.  I posted some info about Cyclone sophomore Sa'Mone Springsteen and she responded with 5 3's last night.

Bonner Springs defeated Lansing 40-35.  Julianne Jackson led the way with 17 for the Braves.  2015 KVL All Star Kija Cammock paced the Lions with 12 points.

Mill Valley 61-30 over Tonganoxie.

Atchison defeats Wyandotte 62-20.  2015 KCAL All Star Laurene Cushinberry led the Redmen with 16.  Chesney Downing with 13 points.