On Sunday night, I previewed the first seven boys basketball games of the 2011 Hy-Vee Shootout. I also offered predictions.
With the Shootout opening tomorrow night, here's the final seven boys basketball games and my predictions on them.
Again, all games will be aired on Metro Sports, which is channel 30 on Time Warner Cable.
10:30 a.m. Lee's Summit vs. Blue Valley West: Interesting matchup here. Both teams have two leaders in terms of scoring. Drew Lock and Tyler Smith, who both shoot 45 percent from three, lead the way for Lee's Summit. Both average around 16 points a game. Blue Valley is led by Collin Wiles and Joey Lillis, a 6'7" forward. Lee's Summit has suffered some close losses to competitive teams. Blue Valley West is currently undefeated. If you're looking for a common thing, how about this. Blue Valley West defeated Olathe North by 24 points, while Lee's Summit won by just five. PREDICTION: Blue Valley West
12 p.m. Liberty vs. Aquinas: Liberty is led by Max Francisco and Kyle Rutliff, who were named to all tournament teams in the loaded Kickapoo Tournament. Liberty played competitively with strong teams in Missouri. St. Thomas Aquinas enters the game having just lost to Blue Valley North. They have four players who average at least eight points a game, but give me the team on the Missouri side for this one. PREDICTION: Liberty
1:30 p.m. Rock-Bridge vs. Basehor-Linwood: This is game number three I'm fired up about out of the four I mentioned earlier. This game, featuring two teams who proudly wear the green and gold, could be an offensive show. Basehor is led by the powerful front liine of Colin Murphy, Ryan Murphy and Ben Johnson. Rock-Bridge features future Missouri Tiger Travis Jorgenson. They have a 6'6" forward who's performed well. This one might get fun, but again, I'm sticking with Missouri on this one. Basehor, if they win, would be making a huge statement on how good they are. Rock-Bridge is a favorite to win their class state title in Missouri, so they'll be no pushover. If Basehor wins this game, they'll leap into my Top 5. PREDICTION: Rock-Bridge
4:30 p.m. Grandview vs. Blue Valley Northwest: The #2 ranked team in the 810 Varsity poll returns to action against a wildly inconsistent team from Grandview. Expect a great guard match up between Blue Valley Northwest's Clayton Custer and Grandview's Khalil Davis. However, I expect Blue Valley Northwest to roll. PREDICTION: Blue Valley Northwest
6:00 p.m. Raytown South vs. Wichita Heights: Heights brings in an incredible winning streak into the game. And oh yeah - future Kansas Jayhawk Perry Ellis. Ellis returns to Kansas City in a game that almost paired up Ellis and once future Missouri Tiger Ishmail Wainright. Wainright's transfer eliminates that juicy match up and probably eliminates Raytown South from winning the game. Ellis enters the game averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Terrence Moore averages 16 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds a game. He has a 7-to-1 assist/turnover ratio. Ellis' supporting crew is better than that of Earl Peterson's and thus I'll go with Heights. PREDICTION: Wichita Heights
7:30 p.m. Rockhurst vs. Olathe Northwest: Game number four on my list of "must-sees" this week. Rockhurst, who lost this week to Lee's Summit West, looks to avoid their second straight loss. They go against Olathe Northwest in a game featuring Willie Cauley, who will play college basketball at the University of Kentucky. Pat Jones will lead his players into battle for Rockhurst, but I expect Cauley and Shavon Shields to squeak one out. It will be close, but Olathe Northwest means business this year and Cauley will be too tough inside. PREDICTION: Olathe Northwest in what might be the most competitive game
9:00 p.m. Hogan Prep vs. St. James Academy: Two teams that have been a little disappointing this year for various seasons. First, it's been the Clint McCullough Show for St. James this year. He doesn't have a reliable co-star yet and they suffered a 20-point loss to Ottawa and a few losses at home. Hogan Prep has been a little disappointing simply because of the talent they have. They lost to Sumner Academy after falling behind and not performing well. They lost to Nixa after building a double-digit lead. They barely beat a rebuilding Raytown South team. I think they put it together one night and roll the Thunder. PREDICTION: Hogan Prep