Taggart delivers in championship game

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 half, but Flanders, Stewart, Taggart and another Drake player, Bill Eaddy played tough in the overtime and held on for the victory.


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 Aldridge with Texas and Aleks Maric with Nebraska. Getting stronger and rebounding positioning is just a couple of big factors in how the Cyclones will do this year.


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 Iowa State hasn't had a big man with that kind of range in some time. The more outside threats there are will allow the slashing ability of Anthony Davis, Rahshon Clark and Stinson to get in the lane, drawing fouls and easier point opportunities.


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. 


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