Posted On: 01/10/17 3:49 PM
OLATHE, Kan. — In what was the most entertaining game of the night at the Best of the Midwest Showcase presented by 810 Varsity, Blue Valley Northwest was able to hold on to a 79-68 victory over Lee’s Summit North on Saturday night.
Here we breakdown our Top Ten from the game.
Blue Valley Northwest: AJ Pleasant 6, Jamichael Morgan 8, Parker Braun 14, Darien Jackson 18, Joe Pleasant 17, Christian Braum 5, Jacob Clark 9, Jackson Heath 2.
Lee’s Summit North: Emil Spriggs 9, Javaunte Hawkins 25, Logan Jenkins 5, Jordan Bynum 4, Elijah Farr 12, Cameron Hairston 9, Tyler Aeilts 2, Justin Root 2.
Blue Valley Northwest: These guys are fun to watch — one of the most talented teams in the entire state of Kansas from top to bottom easily. Northwest head coach Ed Fritz demands greatness from his players and I really do think that is what makes this team run. Any given night you can have someone different go off on you.
Lee’s Summit North: The Broncos held their own on Saturday night and really impressed me. They have a sophomore guard in Javaunte Hawkins who is fun to watch. They are physical and will make you pay for your mistakes.
MVP: Darien Jackson (Blue Valley Northwest). Jackson finished with 18 points on the night and really started getting hot in the fourth quarter. At one point he scored six points in a row for the Huskies in a tight game down the stretch and really changed the momentum. He picks and chooses his spots to turn it on and when he is on fire he is hard to stop.
Best offensive performance: Javaunte Hawkins (Lee’s Summit North). A 5’10 2019 guard, Hawkins put up a 25, using his ball handling to create space for his shot. He shoots the ball as well as anyone I have seen this year and can run off screens and hit shots as well. Finished the game with six 3-pointers.
Best defensive performance: Parker Braun (Blue Valley Northwest). Braun is an exciting player to watch. He is vocal on the floor and is the defensive stopper that every coach dreams of having. The 6’8″ junior can block shots like there is no tomorrow and he moves like a guard. He even has the ability to step out and hit the outside shot. Braun finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds, five rebounds and had three key blocks.
Best rebounder: Elijah Farr (LSN) and Joe Pleasant (Blue Valley Northwest). These two battled it out in the paint on Saturday night. Each player finished with six rebounds. Farr was able to corral four offensive rebounds and create second chance points for his team. Pleasant is an all-around monster. He reads the ball well off the rim and can board with the best of them.
Best shooter: Javaunte Hawkins (Lee’s Summit North). Six 3-pointers. Enough said. See above for rest.
Best underclassman: Jacob Clark (Blue Valley Northwest). While this accolade could easily go to Hawkins, Clark played really good basketball for the Huskies on Saturday night off the bench. Clark finished with nine points and four rebounds off the bench and has a lot of potential.
Name to remember: Christian Braum (BVNW). A 6’2 2019 guard, Braum came off the bench and gave the Huskies some nice minutes. He was able to finish the game with five points, but the way he lead the team when he came on the court is what impressed me the most.
Play of the Game: Oral Roberts commit Jamichael Morgan was relatively quiet on Saturday night … Until this poster in the fourth quarter was the dagger.
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