by David Brox, email@example.com, follow me on twitter at @OdoggBrox
I wanted to provide some feedback on what I saw last night at Sumner Academy before moving on to planning next Tuesday's broadcast. Like I said last night on twitter I have never had so much fun and I am hopeful that I am able to improve the quality of the video and content of the broadcast over the coming weeks.
1. The season will need to unfold but specifically because of the Vernon Vaughn injury Benny Parker almost by default is the most valuable player in the city. He is a small point guard but he carried Sumner last night and I could not be more impressed with his heart and effort. There were periods that he looked very tired but he kept coming. I don't know his final rebound totals but there were at least 3 situations he rebounded and went the other direction to score or get to the free throw line.
2. I could not help but have a feeling of tough luck for Alex Garvin for Sumner Academy. I want that young man to know that there will be nights like last night but at no point did I think he was taking bad shots. He has a very clean stroke and very easily could have made half of those jump shots. Alex I would not change a single thing. Keep stepping into those shots.
3. Benny Parker sparked the Sabres but I wanted to give a bit of credit to the twins Adrian and Sam. I have watched these two for years now and they are 2 of the scrapiest defenders I have come across. Sumners press really took hold with these two in the line up with Benny Parker. I am hoping I see this line up later in the season as well.
4. Nick mentioned the annimation on the side line from coach Parra and staff. Especially on a late break where Sam Falcon was clearly fouled which resulted in a turn over. It was very clear on our side that there was a hold and the Sumner bench reacted that way. I couldn't help but notice that it was the same ref who called an intentional foul on Parker last year in Washington. It was a huge miss call as Sumner had the ball 2 on 1 with the lead in single digits. Huge play.
5. Speaking of twins I would like it noted that we had something extremly rare. 2 sets of twins saw significant minutes in this game. Sam and Adrian Falcon and obviously Colin and Ryan Murphy.
6. I said this on the broadcast but thank you Colin for the haircut. It helped me a lot.
7. I got to meet and talk with coach McBride while we were setting up. I asked about his starting lineup and he indicated that the 5th starter was Chase Younger. I looked down and saw the 6'0 sophomore next to his name and immediately responded "point guard". He responded to say essentially that we don't necessarily just stick our smallest player at point guard.
This comment did not hit home until late second quarter when it became clear that Colin Murphy was playing point guard. Not only was he handling the ball against the trap he was setting up the offense and doing everything you would expect your point guard to do. Yes that includes lights out shooting from 3-point range. So what was obvious to everyone were the 6 3-pointers however Vernon and I noticed something a lot more important. Colin frustrated Parker in the first half with his size. Basehor surprisingly played man and Colin was tapped to hold Parker.
Colin won the battle in the first half which ultimately turned out to be the difference in the game. However Colin had 5 points in the second half and I think the fatigue associated with chasing Parker for the entire game set in during the second half. He had a few more turn overs as well in the second half but everyone that has watched and was there live got a treat in seeing that matchup. Kudos to coach McBride for doing that.
Colin wins the GET HYPE! Play of the Game award. If you get me out of my seat during the broadcast then you are a no brainer to win this award. Congrats Colin!
8. This game goes into the files for game of the year. It reminded me a lot of the game that won the award this year in football. Schlagle jumped all over Harmon to go up big just as Basehor did Wedensday night. Only to see Harmon come back and tie it only to have Browning clinched it with a big run. Same flow and exactly the type of atmosphere and energy I am looking for in that award.
9. I don't know the final numbers but Sumner will have to clean up their free throw shooting. They lost the game missing some point blank layups and free throws. This will be a key for them as they enter league play.
10. Thanks again to coach Parra for his support and allowing us to come to practice. I understand there is some history as Nick noted in his article about coach but I am hopeful to be the bridge to keep the relationship between all the coaches and KCK Preps solid.
11. The Basehor girls won 35 to 25 against Sumner. Sumner coach Allen has a very young team and I am hopeful they can get something going during league play.
12. Hit me on twitter @OdoggBrox and don't forget to like KCKPreps on facebook. We have to drive awareness which in turn provides exposure. I saw today a conversation spawned because Vernon Birmingham spoke about our broadcast and site. A coach of a womens basketball team and baseball team at a college was looking for some players. Share the link, like articles and retweet articles you like. Trust me the benefits will be beneficial for all of the young people in our area.