As expected, junior star Tyrel Reed played his usual solid game but it was senior Geoff Reeves a 6-4 WG who will hoop at Cornell next year who stole the show for Burlington as they smacked around Neodesha (KS) High.
REEVES EXPLODES IN BURLINGTON ROMP
Burlington head coach Stacy Reed warned that Tuesday evening’s game may not be a pretty one. According to Reed, he expected Neodesha to slow the ball down and run a lot of three man weave in an effort to stifle Burlington’s high octane attack. Sure enough, after Reeves scored around the hoop just 10 seconds into the game, Neodesha came down looking to stall and eventually turned the ball over.
After another quick Reeves hoop, Neodesha again ran some clock this time scoring off a short jumper to cut the lead to 4-2 a couple of minutes into the game. The bucket would be their last of the quarter as Reeves and Reed scored 18 of their team’s points -- the last three coming courtesy of a 32 foot bomb by Reed at the quarter buzzer -- to race ahead to a 20-2 lead after one quarter.
It didn’t get any better from there as Reeves heated up from downtown and cruised to a career high. In fact, Reeves hit his tenth three of the game to notch a career high 40 points and push the Burlington lead to 66-19 before getting a well deserved rest. The thing is there were still four minutes and 19 seconds left in the third quarter.
Reeves would return to hit one more three -- he hit on 11-14 total threes -- and finish with 43 points in an 80-30 laugher that wasn’t as close as the score might indicate. Not even considering this game, Cornell got a major steal in Reeves and it’s a wonder why teams from the Missouri Valley and similar conferences didn’t get more involved with the athletic shooter in their own backyard.
For his part, Reed was effective as well. The 6-3 PG’s trademark jumper didn’t fall with the regularity that it usually does from deep but he adjusted. With shots rimming in and out, Reed used his ability off the dribble to get to the rim and he also created easy buckets with his defense. For the night he finished with 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals to only one turnover.
Perhaps the most noticeable thing about Reed is his improved physique. Thanks to three times a week workouts with a personal trainer he’s added about 10-12 pounds of muscle since the end of the summer and is much more athletic. He’s changing directions quicker, getting up and down the floor faster and jumping much better than before. Reed has always been a good leaper off of two feet, but he’s exploding off of one or both now and narrowly missed finishing what would have been an impressive alley oop jam early in the fourth quarter when he went from a near standstill position to catch a poorly thrown lob with one hand and nearly threw it down tomahawk style.
Schools in attendance- Oklahoma State sent assistant James Dickey to scout Reed.
- Total teams seen - 87
- Total games watched - 57
- Total miles traveled - 8,115
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