Led by perhaps the top senior in the Metro area -- 6-8 Louisville bound George Goode -- Raytown South is once again loaded with plenty of athleticism and quickness. Also, it was a chance to check out South’s new coach Brad Oestreich who has the daunting task of replacing retired area coaching legend Bud Lathrop.
Headlining for LS West was sophomore playmaker Michael Dixon who was looking to lead a young and undersized group to a big early season win. It just so happened, that the 6-1 point guard was celebrating his 16th birthday as well.
Interestingly enough, Raytown South assistant Kirk Fergusson has coached Dixon for the past couple of summers and his knowledge of the talented 10th grader’s game was evident as Ray South opened by face guarding Dixon all over the court. As a result, he didn’t get many early touches and LS West struggled to handle the ball.
On the other end, Ray South’s junior guard tandem of Dominique Newton and Mike Gholston was getting to the rim at will, but struggling to finish. Add in a quiet Goode during the first half and the result was an ugly up tempo affair with lots of missed shots.
In the second half, Goode decided to take matters into his own hands. He swatted away LS West shots with vigor, soared for jams, stroked some deep threes and got after it on the glass. By the time he jammed home a monstrous alley-oop at the buzzer to give Ray South an 86-68 win he’d finished with 32 points (10-19 FG, 3-7 3PT, 9-9 FT), 13 rebounds (six offensive), four blocks and a couple of steals. However, it’s important to note that 25 and 11 came during a second half explosion that proved exactly why Rick Pitino made Goode’s signing a priority.
Not to be outdone, Dixon managed to score 30 points of his own (7-14 FG, 2-5 3PT, 14-15 FT) while dishing out four assists, grabbing four boards and getting four steals while only turning the ball over once.
OTHER NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS
It wasn’t a great shooting night for Ray South’s Dominique Newton, but the 6-0 combo guard -- and nephew of UMKC star Quinton Day -- still managed to score 16 points (6-21 FG, 1-6 3PT, 3-4 FT) while grabbing five boards. Newton is a quick and powerful guard who has a nice pull-up game off the bounce and is capable of getting to the rim. Even though the numbers might suggest he was jacking shots, the fact is he didn’t really force much and it was just one of those nights where wide open looks and layups had a way of falling off the rim. … Judging by his 25 second half points, it’s obvious that George Goode had it rolling after intermission. But, it was a change in the way he was playing that allowed him to catch fire. After playing soft on the glass and settling for jumpers and stick backs during the firs half, Goode went to work in the paint and took the game over. After scoring some easy buckets on the interior, it wasn’t a surprise to see him swishing 22 footers from the right corner as his confidence built. … Unless you were keeping track, you probably would have never figured Michael Dixon ended up with 30 points for LS West and that’s part of what makes him such an intriguing prospect. Sure the slender point guard needs to get stronger, but he’s got a confidence and ease about his game that makes him play like somebody much older. While other young players might have become frustrated by the face guarding and double teams, Dixon remained patient and found a way to work through it. The answer was to set his men up with screens and then blow by them to draw fouls and go to the free throw line for easy points. … There were a couple of pre-season All Metro picks in the building as Bishop Miege’s Travis Releford and Hogan Prep’s Marcus Denmon were in the house. Releford was scheduled to open Thursday night against Spring Hill but the game was cancelled because of the snow. As it turns out, he’ll have to wait until next week to hit the court because Miege’s scheduled Saturday game with KC Harmon has already been cancelled. Denmon can feel his summer teammate’s pain. The 6-3 WG is currently sitting out the first semester after transferring from Lincoln Prep. Denmon will be eligible to play his first game on January 5, 2007 when Hogan tangles with Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge. …
- Total teams seen- 20
- Total games watched- 15
- Total miles traveled- 2,942
Up Next- Coffeyville Shootout (juco), Dec. 2-3.