One thing about basketball played indoors during the summer, you are thankful for air conditioning. On a hot & steamy day outside, the basketball play of incoming Cyclone Shawn Taggart was as Dan Patrick of ESPN says, En Fuego!
Taggart was sizzling as he led Ev Cochrane & Associates with 43 points in a come from behind win Sunday night 106-104 in OT, to win the Championship of the YMCA Des Moines Capital City League over Kin Folk BBQ.
Ev Cochrane was down by as many as 11 points in the final three minutes, but the play of Drake's Al Stewart and Taggart tied the game and Ev Cochrane had a chance to win in regulation but a shot by Lloyd Flanders of Minot State fell off the rim.
In the overtime, it was too much Taggart as Kin Folks center, Aliou Keita from Drake, fouled out after giving Taggart some fits with his more than aggressive physical play which bothered Taggart and most of the Ev Cochrane players.
Shawn's team played in a
semi-final game just before this and looked tired in the early stages of the
Shawn showed his offensive skills as he made three 3-point baskets during the game and has good range for a 6-foot-11 freshman to be. He ran the floor very well despite playing back to back games. Drake's Keita made his presence felt down low as he showed strength around the basket, clearing out the lane in the early stages and lead the league in rebound/game. Fouls plagued him late in the game as his aggressive nature caught up with him.
It was good to see Taggart in that
circumstance as he will be facing strong post players in the Big 12 such as
Joseph Jones with A&M, Kevin Bookout with OU, Brad Buckman & LaMarcus
Taggart has very long arms but
will need to avoid reach over fouls and create an obstacle for his opponent with
them raised. His range was surprising and will be a benefit in allowing Curtis Stinson penetration since
On a side note, those wanting to see Theo Davis were disappointed in that he did not play for Kin Folk BBQ. No word on why at the time of this report.