After helping his Burlington (KS) High teammates cap off an undefeated season with a state championship as a freshman, Tyrel Reed has experienced the bitter taste of disappointment each of the last two years. After an undefeated regular season as a sophomore, he and his teammates bowed out in the substate round and last year after a third straight undefeated campaign, Burlington suffered a first round loss at the state championships.
Once again the number one seed in the class 3A state tournament, Reed and his teammates were determined not to suffer a third straight early exit.
REED STRUGGLES FROM FIELD, SCORES 23 AND A VICTORY
The first time Reed touched the ball on the offensive end, the 6-3 point guard let a 21 footer fly from the the right wing that drew nothing but net. It would be the last triple he’d make in the first half as he missed his next six looks from beyond the three point line.
Reed did, however, defend as he and the swarming Burlington pressure defense forced turnover after turnover. And despite only going 4-13 from the field (1-7 3PT) Reed finished the first half with 10 points, a pair of assists, a couple rebounds a block and five steals as Burlington clung to a 25-23 lead over 8th seeded Riverton (KS) High.
“I’ve been shooting the ball real well lately, I don’t know what happened,” said Reed. “They felt like they were going in, but I was just missing them.”
In years past, struggles from the field might have caused Reed to go into a bit of a shell and away from taking his shots. That wasn’t the case on Thursday night as the future Jayhawk stayed aggressive and kept looking for his shot.
Although the shot never started falling like it usually does -- Reed is shooting well over 50% from the field and over 40% from three point land on the season – the senior stayed in attack mode as he kept freeing himself for open jumpers and getting into the lane with ease.
When Riverton tied things up at 34 with a few minutes remaining in the third it was Reed who helped deliver the knockout blow. He hit a three, had a few steals and had back to back drives to the line where he dropped of a slick no look dish and then finished with a tough floater off the glass after a quick spin move.
When it was all said and done, Burlington had exercised those early round demons with a 58-41 win as they move on to play Scott City (KS) High in the semifinals.
MORE NOTES FROM THURSDAY NIGHT
Take away an abnormal shooting night -- 8-22 FG, 2-11 3PT, 5-6 FT -- and Reed had a very solid 23 point outing. He made up for his off shooting by coming up with 8 steals and also dishing out five assists in what was a very sloppy game. Reed also showed that he’s simply on a level that both his teammates and opponents struggle to match at times to the detriment of his own game. There are passes that should be easy scores that get dropped, or have to go unmade because nobody is in position yet. He often finds clogged driving lanes as he races by teammates and defenders because nobody else has made it into position. While he’s not Sherron Collins with the ball, Reed is plenty quick and will be a welcome part of the Kansas backcourt because of his ability to play either the one or the two. …
- Total teams seen- 182
- Total games watched- 108
- Total miles traveled- 10,710
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