eBoss Road Show - Releford, Miege Roll to Win

Originally, Bishop Miege was supposed to open their season on November 30th by tripping south in Johnson County to play Spring Hill. However, that game was cancelled due to snow. In the meantime, Miege rolled to three straight blowout wins to capture last weekend's Bonner Springs Tournament as junior star Travis Releford was named the tourney's Most Outstanding Player.

Tuesday night, Travis Releford and his Miege teammates finally made it down to Spring Hill where instead of opening their season, they were tuning up for a Saturday night tussle with Rockhurst in the Hy-Vee Shootout.


He probably wouldn’t admit it publicly, but Bishop Miege coach Rick Zych has himself one talented and deep squad. The Stags have size, quickness, depth, shooters and a star player in Releford. The crazy thing is they aren’t even fully loaded yet and they are awaiting the arrival of a few more talented transfers at the beginning of the second semester.

After watching Miege jump all over Spring Hill in rolling to a lopsided 91-60 victory that could have been much worse, you’ve got to credit Zych for adjusting his team’s style to suit it’s makeup.

Thanks to an aggressive 1-2-2 press, the Stags force turnovers all over the court and with jet quick junior PG Jason Payton pushing the tempo, the result is lots of easy buckets. Releford streaks to the hole for easy jams, senior shooter Chris Combs gets plenty of clean looks from deep and freshman big man Justin McKay is garbage man deluxe who eats up rebounds and scores on easy hoops from close range. All of that is complimented by a deep bench spearheaded by 5-7 freshman PG Trevor Releford, a quick and deadly ball handler and passing wizard.

On the evening, Travis Releford went for 25 on an assortment of gliding dunks, hanging finishes and dribble drives. He didn’t get much of a chance to show off his shooting because he didn’t need to do much more than grab a rebound and dribble the length of the floor as shook defenders jumped out of his way. He scored his 16th and 17th points on a dunk with 4:58 remaining in the second quarter to give Miege a commanding 48-27 lead and scored at will during the seven or eight minutes he played the rest of the game.

The 6-4 WG knows that this is just the start for his team.

“It’s real fast paced, running, getting out and defending, we’re a complete team,” said Releford. “We’re going to be better when we get Willie (6-10 junior big man Willie Reed) and Raph (5-11 junior PG Raphael Brown) back.”

The senior shooter, Combs, went for 24 of his own in just under three quarters of actual game time and looks very comfortable playing in the uptempo system as well.

“This is a lot of fun,” Combs told Phog.Net. “This is a great fit for me, and everybody else.”


Most people who follow local hoops in Kansas City knew that Chris Combs was one of the more deadly marksmen in the area. But, the new uptempo system allows the 6-1 WG to show that he’s a lot quicker and more athletic than given credit for. Combs is looking to play college hoops and this system will showcase his strengths and get him some more looks as he works to earn what he hopes is a division one ride … Speaking of Willie Reed, the junior big man is only allowed to play junior varsity hoops until the second semester. According to Reed, he was good for at least 30 and five jams during the jv game. He’s being scouted heavily by Midwest mid and high major programs and the addition of his skill and size will be a scary thing for future opponents to deal with. Even though he’s only 6-4, freshman power forward Justin McKay is a load to handle. He’s got long arms, strong hands and he flat out wants to grab every rebound in the gym. He runs the floor extremely well and is a good enough athlete that he should be able to develop into a wing player if he stops growing. Should he add a few more inches while keeping his intensity, he’ll easily develop into one of the top big men in the area. … Speaking of Rockhurst – who Miege will play Saturdday night – the Hawklets won a tight one in incredible fashion according to a source that phoned in from their game against Lee’s Summit (MO) West. After nailing his 12th straight late game free throw to give Rockhurst a two point lead with under ten seconds left, senior wing Conner Teahan gave up a tough driving bucket to West sophomore sensation Michael Dixon with just 1.1 seconds on the clock. Then according to our source, Teahan “Laetnerred them” when he caught a long pass, squared up and scored his 26th, 27th, and 28th points and a three pointer that swished home as the buzzer sounded. Kansas State head coach Bob Huggins, his assistant Frank Martin and Wichita State assistant Mike Rohn were on hand to watch Teahan and more than likely Dixon as well. … There were no coaches out to see Travis Releford on Tuesday night, but Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend was out last Thursday. According to Travis there have been no changes in his favorites and he isn’t sure when he’ll make a decision. He wants to visit more schools before making a decision and mentioned North Carolina, in particular, as a campus he’d like to take a trip to. ….

  • Total teams seen- 75
  • Total games watched- 45
  • Total miles traveled- 4,195

Up Next- Hy-Vee Shootout, Saturday, Avila College in Kansas City (MO).

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