by David Brox, firstname.lastname@example.org
I apologize I am so late getting the scores and some opinions out there to discuss from Friday. Not long after I got home I had an outage at work that had me up till 8 the next morning. With my kids both having games yesterday I honestly am just now getting my feet under me. To all the kids interested in getting in IT I say be prepared for some all night events. I do have a lot to discuss so lets get to the action.
By now I am sure everyone knows that Sumner Academy claimed a league championship Friday night by defeating Washington in the second best game I have witnessed since starting SHUKC. Piper vs Basehor 2013 is still tops but what we saw Friday had a bit more significance. Piper and Basehor have some of the best support structures in the area. Win or lose these programs have involvement from the community and the student body. I have followed Sumner Academy since 2008ish and simply put that was support was not there for the Sabres. There is no blame to be passed out for it but it lacked. There have been incredible games and great crowds over that time but not like Friday.
This will be the point where I take a moment to gush over my friend Moses Wyatt and what he has accomplished in just his second season as head coach. He claims his first league title but if you look closer he has done so much more for this program and school. Many of you are likely going to see this article and read this based on seeing this on Sabre Nation facebook page. He has built a social media presence that is likely unrivaled at this time from a reach stand point. Schlagle is also doing very well in this regard specifically but my point being is that he is putting time in off the court. He personally hyped that game up Friday and created a legit buzz. It resulted in one of the hype filled student sections I have seen. Not just in the KCAL where I have never seen such a thing until Washington’s a few weeks back but in the KVL as well. All of that spilled onto the floor after the game was over and I couldn’t be happier for Wyatt. He has been relentless in passing the credit to his assistants and players but I officially say he will be a SHUKC Coach of the Year candidate.
Onto the game which where you could cut the drama and intensity with a knife. I thought Coach King looked incredibly focused before the game. I went so far as to make a predication before the game and obviously I did so without key information. I really believed that experience would win out. Sure Sumner Academy had made a great run through the league but surely Washington would find a way. If Washington was going to prove me right they were going to do so without Josh Wilborn who wasn’t even on the bench the best I could see.
The Sabres came out in the first half looking like an All Star team with defense seeming like a mere concept. The Sabres were relentless on the glass and in transition to the tune of 48 points and double digit leads in the first half. If you read my keys to the game before coming to watch you would think I was a psychic. Vance Jackson was great knocking down shots and taking care of the basketball. Theron Sanders was not contained and worked the glass. De’Auan McClaine knocked down 3’s while Saadique Perkins scored and rebounded. They easily played their best half of basketball. The problem was they were only up 4!
There were two moments in that first half that I thought Washington was going to get run out of the gym but DeMarco Smith, JaMarkus Dawn and Randy Campbell simply would not have it. Smith finished the game with 35 points and while we don’t have the final numbers I am curious now that I think about it if he gets damn close to a triple double. He played a Russell Westbrook style of game as he drove relentlessly to the rim. Some of the passes his inexperienced bigs weren’t ready for. The kid was 100 MPH but under control. I said he had to be special but he was great on Friday night. Smith is a college guard without a doubt mainly because of the vision, speed and ball handling. The spin move and dish he had in the second half sealed that opinion for me. He shot well from outside as well which I view as a weakness he will need to build on and ultimately will determine the level he plays at. He is that good though and is on my All SHUKC watch list. Campbell’s steal and buzzer beater at the half provided a bit of optimism for the Wildcats heading into the locker room.
The Sabres however on this night simply was not going to have it. They built another double digit lead in the second half only to see the Wildcats storm back. For all the effort Washington put into answering every run by the Sabres they simply could not get over the hump. Perkins who finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds simply wasn’t going to allow it. 6 Sabres finished with double figures.
Congrats to the Sabres and I thank both teams for the incredible effort. Props as well for a wonderful display of community involvement and atmosphere. A great night for the KCAL!
Before I get to the other scores I want to share some info from a conversation I had with a member of the Washington girls staff. I won’t use a name here because I didn’t ask for permission. I know I don’t make everyone happy with my comments and opinions but the conversation offered me a bit of perspective. All feedback about what I do and say is appreciated and everyone should know positive and critical feedback is ok. I may or may not do anything with it but it is heard and taken seriously.
I truly do understand the challenges for some of the KCAL girls teams but in doing this I have to report the scores no matter how bad they are. What adjustment I can and will make is providing smart ass comments along with it. It wouldn’t be fair to those that are winning and working toward scholarships not to have their successes heard or celebrated. I admire all the ladies that fight through a season with little success and I have a new perspective on it now.
Schlagle Stallions defeat Wyandotte 72-66. Kansas City remember the name D’Monte Gaw who generated a lot of buzz with a 26 point, 14 rebound performance against the Bulldogs Friday. Young man is coming on late in the season for the Stallions and is doing all star work in the class room. There is some young talent on this Stallion squad offering some optimism for the next few seasons.
Atchison defeats Harmon 61-55. Wykeen Gill continues to strengthen his POY claim with 27 points in the win.
Basehor-Linwood blasts Lansing 69-29. Basehor-Linwood looks to be getting better out that funk they appeared to be in for a game and a half.
Mill Valley hits the road and defeats Piper 74-57.
Bonner Springs 57-20 over Bishop Ward.
Turner 50-26 over Tonganoxie.
How about Mill Valley knocking off Piper in what was described as a very competitive game? Mill Valley won 62-59.
Sumner Academy wins against Washington 67-12.
Schlagle defeats Hogan Prep 58-28. Riana Lawson 16, Nisha Owens 12 & Kiara Brown with 10 to lead the way. The Stallions are now 14-3 and looking at a good seed in substate but have some unfinished business with the Sabres the final week of the season. I will say that Coach Western was a topic in my conversation I referenced earlier. I will say publicly that he has done an excellent job in just two seasons for the Stallions. Following up last year with this type of results is going to make him a Coach of the Year candidate. Another share of the league title and hopefully a trip to state may lock that one up.
Bonner Springs 80-9 over Bishop Ward.