Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 SHUKC Player Spotlight: Darnell Miller (Turner)

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Darnell Miller was a member of our All SHUKC Special Teams unit this past season but he is also having an impact on the basketball court.  I was watching the Lansing vs Turner game and wanted to share a few plays from Miller who has shot well from outside for the Bears.  He has routinely been their leading scorer and the favorite to represent the KVL at our All Star game.  Miller has developed into a very good athlete over the last few year.  Below the highlight will be a link to his game by game football film.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Scores 1/27/2015

Madison Brox

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com 

I will be M.I.A for a few days at the very least as I have to focus on my daughter who is having surgery tomorrow.  All thoughts and prayers are certainly welcome.  We expect everything to go well but it rips me up knowing the pain she will have to go through.  So this post is dedicated to my baby girl Madison Brox.

The final score didn't really tell the story of our SHUKC Game of the Week.  Piper got the win on the road 82-68.  I am not going far out on a limb in saying that this is the first of two match ups between these two teams.  Barring an unfortunate bus accident Basehor-Linwood would face Tonganoxie and Piper would have to play Sumner Academy.  Hopefully the rematch is just as entertaining.

Vince Eskina was our player of the game and I can't stress enough how much I like watching him play.  He is constantly hustling, diving for loose balls, rebounding his own miss and is a talented scorer.  We had him at 19 but he flat took over in the second half of the ball game.  I don't know his final line but he is one of the top talents in the area and now the answer to SHUKC trivia.  Who was the first player to secure two player of the games on our game of the week?

Scores 1/27/2015

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Part 3 of a possible 5 match ups between Piper and Bonner Springs took place in the first round of the Wellsville Tournament.  Bonner Springs claims a low scoring victory 36-32.  The Braves are now 2-1 against Piper and own a league win at Piper.  They will play again in February.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Brox Rankings

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

I am not going to go 1-14  as there is little need for me to runbut here are my current top 5's.

Boys:

1. Basehor-Linwood - This should be obvious at this point.  They are undefeated and have one of the best trios in the area.  Jack Dale is no longer flying under the radar.

2. Washington - They have played a very tough schedule but have a couple of issues to work out before state.

3.  Wyandotte - Theo Bass is one of the top players in the area and will help keep the Bulldogs relevant.

4.  Atchison - I really like the Redmen.  They play good defense and have arguably the best point guard in our area. 

5.  Piper - I really like the Pirates who play a scrappy style of game.  Meaning they are going to take your cookies and play uptempo on offense.  Showcase game Tuesday at Sumner Academy.

Outside looking in: Bonner Springs, Mill Valley, Lansing

Scores 1/24/2015



by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

I want to let all the teams know just how proud I am of there efforts this weekend.  SHUKC teams represented themselves extremely well and we have reason to celebrate.

Let's start with the game of the night between Basehor-Linwood and Park Hill.  The Bobcats claim their own tournament title with a 69-61 win.  This is a signature win for the undefeated Bobcats who have enough star power to hoist another trophy in a few months. 

Jack Dale has quietly come into his own and I was watching him last night thinking how important he will be to their final stretch run.  The added work in the weight room is easy to see but his explosion around the rim was very good last night.  He becomes another player emerging as a candidate for All SHUKC honors which I am now really starting to think about. 

Congrats to the Bobcats and Patrick Muldoon for claiming MVP honors.  All my pictures can be found here.  If you want an original you are welcome to them.  Just send me an email.  I am waiting for someone to make a fathead!

The Duel in Basehor


by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

There is an old saying I live by.  95% of things that you worry about never happen.  If anyone lost any sleep wondering if Basehor-Linwood vs Park Hill would be a solid match up, then you worried once again for nothing.  Not only did the two teams play a thrilling game of basketball which the Bobcats won 69-61 but the match up in the game between Patrick Muldoon and Landry Shamet was very intriguing.

I said a few times last night that the 6'7 Patrick Muldoon was the best player on the court last night.  Once again his effort and skill around the basket shined bright in the Basehor win.  That effort along with the rest of his work through out the tourney earned him MVP honors.  Some players wither under the pressure of a game like that but Muldoon elevated his.  Muldoon is very talented with his back to the basket which always impresses me at this level.  It is a lost art for high school players.


Shamet was fun to watch and his D1 caliber skill showed through out the night.  Any time I get the opportunity to watch players that are already selected to play at the highest level, it usually doesn't take long to find out why.  Early in the first half Shamet broke out on a steal.  I was a couple of steps ahead of what happened next.




The kid can jump which should be an obvious trait D1 coaches look for.  The second thing that jumped out at me was the ball handling.  Late in the game especially he moved to the point guard position.  I can't stress enough my thoughts that length alone is not enough.  At 6'4 you better be able to handle the basketball and effectively get to the rim.  His catch and shoot ability was very good even last night in the loss.  He has one of the quickest triggers I have seen so far this year for sure.  His parameter defense was plenty good enough but got exposed a bit against Muldoon in the post.  On the way home I likened him to Klay Thompson of Golden State.


I really enjoyed the match up between these two kids that both played with high intensity.  We won't see a part two so we will be left with the memory of this great game.  A duel that our guy won!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Scores 1/23/2015

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

I have to lead off with the Atchison Redmen who secured a spot in the Tonganoxie Tournament final by defeating Wamego.  Wykeen Gill hit a shot at the buzzer in OT to secure the 1 point victory 50-49.  Jerel Rawls led the way with 19 points.  Gill finished with 18.  The Redmen will face defending 4A-II champs Eudora in the final at 6:30.

I have not gotten confirmation just yet but the Wyandotte Bulldogs led with .8 seconds remaining in the semi-finals of the Vikings Classic 57-55.  If that score holds up they will get a very stiff test in the final against Blue Springs South.

Sumner Academy took one on the chin against Blue Valley Southwest 63-39.  It got away from Sumner fast as they never really got things going.  The Sabres claim second place in the Spring Hill Tournament so it is always good to bring home some hardware.

The Schlagle Stallions lost tonight 74-49.  Jordan Young led the way with 14 pts and Ladarius Brooks contributed a double double 11 points and rebounds. They will play tomorrow at 4:00 PM for third place.

Speaking of 3rd place the Piper Pirates molly whopped Liberal to take home some hardware from the Spring Hill Invitational 70-50.  Vince Eskina led the way for the Pirates.

Lansing got a win 52-51 over KCMO Central High School.  Sam Lorenzen led the way 17, Kenneth Banks had 12 and Trevor Young scored 12.  Lansing will play tomorrow for 5th place tomorrow. 

The Harmon Hawks defeat Baldwin 75-52.  Robert Holliday with 21, DeAngelo Bell with 16, BJ Heard with 15 and Lorenzo Cheatom with 10.  They will play the Bonner Springs Braves in a SHUKC match up in the final.

The Bonner Springs Braves won 79-66 to setup the match up between the two leagues.

The last update I had on Washington against Lawrence was not a good one.  48-33 Lawrence who came out of the half with a 13-4 run to build this lead.  I will update with a final tomorrow.


Girls:

The lady Wildcat fall in the final of their tournament 59-48.  The Wildcats only trailed by one at the end of the 3rd quarter but Van Horn claims the championship.

First I want to say congrats to Kiara Brown who was named the KC Star athlete of the week.  The lady Stallions however fall 58-31 to a very talented team from Colorado.

Basehor-Linwood defeated Harmon but I do not have a final score.