The high school basketball season is nearing an end. In Missouri, district play began this week while on the Kansas side teams are wrapping up their final games of the regular season before moving into substate play next week.
Tuesday night the Road Show made a stop at Center High on the Missouri side for a first round district matchup between O'Hara and Center. After that, it was back over to Kansas to watch the second ranked big class team in the City, Bishop Miege, take on the top ranked small class team, Sumner Academy, at Miege.
In each case, the catholic school came out with a victory over their public school competitors and there was lots of enjoyable guard play.
Tuesday Night Performers
Trevor Releford- Bishop Miege's floor general continued his sparkling junior campaign with an effective 25 points, four assist, four rebound and three steal outing. Facing a quick and athletic Sumner squad that features plenty of talent in the backcourt, Releford was the best guard on the floor. His handle allowed him to get to the rim where he wanted. Package that ability with supreme quickness, an ability to change gears in the middle of his stride and an improved jumper. His play of late should earn him serious consideration -- along with Lee's Summit West's Michael Dixon and Grandview's Alec Burks -- for any player of the year awards in the KC Metro.
Mark Braden- Despite several baskets that crawled off the rim, the 6-4 do-it-all wing had an impressive evening for O'Hara. The junior can put the ball on the floor and attack in transition, rebounds his position and always seems to be tipping passes or knocking rebounds away from opponents and to teammates. He has added some much needed rotation and arch to his shot which should help in the long run. As he continues to add strength and confidence he should see his profile grow.
Neil Watson- Quietly, this 5-10 PG from Sumner committed to Toledo and he's had a solid senior campaign. Quick to the rim, he can also knock down some shots from deep and he even buckled Releford with an open court crossover. He'll need to add strength before getting to school but has the IQ and feel to help out down the road.
More Tuesday Night Notes
Center's Cortez Barrett didn't probably didn't have the kind of finish to his senior season that he was hoping for. A pretty explosive 6-3 WG, the slender scorer had a tough night from the field and was frustrated playing mostly at the free throw line against O'Hara's zone. … Credit O'Hara sophomore D.J. Jackson for keeping his intensity. Despite missing most of the third quarter due to foul trouble, the super tough 5-11 guard got back into the game and made things happen as a scorer and a distributor. His biggest three points came on a deep bucket right before the first half buzzer and he did a nice job of creating for others. … Davonte Chaney of Sumner is one explosive dude. A sub six footer, the junior finished a strong drive down the middle with the lane with an absolutely ferocious two handed slam that should have drawn a foul as well. … Chipping in with 23 points of his own for Miege was junior shooting guard Rodney Givens. The 6-1 guard is benefitting from added strength and a much improved ability to attack off the dribble. … A pair of college coaches were in the house at Miege as Ben Betts of Oklahoma and Mike Gibson of Drake stopped by to check on Releford and others. Also spotted in the house was Kansas freshman wing Travis Releford who checked in on the first half of his younger brother's game. … Finally, it's hard not to like the way Sumner's Reese Holiday gets after it on each end of the floor and their freshman point guard Bennie Parker is definitely a guy for local fans to keep their eyes on in the class of 2012. …
Total teams watched- 183.
Total games watched- 110.
Total miles traveled- 16,561.