by David Brox, firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to wish everyone a happy new year. 2017 has a lot of potential in basketball to provide a lot of entertainment. I made it to Piper to watch the boys game against Turner and the game was competitive for sure as Turner is young but scrappy. They had a lot of energy through out the game and showed very well in my opinion.
Ryan Hintz has taken over as the head coach and I caught myself watching him on the sideline and I really liked the energy. Not quite like Coach Potts but effective in firing up his players to compete in the game last night. I am going to be a bit hamstrung here with names because they were not in the program last night and there is no roster on Maxpreps.
The Bears played well as a team moving the ball to get a lot of open shots under the basket. Rinne and Burge led the Bears with 14 a piece and most of those off open layups. #32 Richardson played with a lot of energy and with a chip on his shoulder. Was interesting to watch him go back and forth with Doc Covington. It was more a verbal battle as either player went off but it was friendly competition I thought was fun.
The story of the night though was Jalen Taylor. 20 points to lead Piper to the 58-51 win at home. Taylor is long, athletic and able to get off the floor quickly. He is averaging a double double with a good portion of those rebounds coming on the offensive end. Following Covington and Letcher to the rim is a profitable proposition in the rebounding the points department. This is a powerful weapon for Piper when you have someone cleaning the glass this effectively. It allows the guards to leak out a bit. 4 for 4 from the line capped a solid night for Taylor.
I was watching the first half thinking to myself that Piper subs a lot. I wasn’t watching fouls that closely but either it was incredibly effective in wearing Turner down or hopefully still working on a rotation. Piper has had a history of inclusion meaning trying to get everyone some minutes but if Piper wants to get where they are wanting to go the rotation will need to trim down a bit. I try to mention what I am thinking and the atmosphere was pretty laid back last night so it allowed my silly thoughts to wander.
Good win for Piper and good showing for Turner. Turner is going to be an X factor in determining the league champ for the KVL.
Basehor-Linwood 62-31 over Spring Hill
Basehor-Linwood falls to Spring Hill 55-28.
Piper 83-24 over Turner – Ali Vigil with 20 points. Vigil is an incredibly skilled freshman on a talented Piper team.