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Posted On: 12/16/17 6:31 PM
FIVE TAKEAWAYS: Blue Valley North (Kan.)-Park Hill (Mo.)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In what can only be described as a offensive struggle, Blue Valley North won a hard fought contest 38-37 in overtime on Saturday over Park Hill as part of the two-day Cable Dahmer Shootout held at Avila University in Kansas City.
Here, Prep Hoops takes a look at five things that stood out in the contest.
Bell a KC Player of the Year candidate
Just days after announcing his de-commitment football, Park Hill 2018 guard Ronnie Bell had it all working on the hardwood. The KC area football player of the year recently picked up an offer from Michigan football, but he showed on Saturday he might be a player of the year candidate on the hardwood this winter as well. He four of the Trojans nine points in the first half, then scored 10 of Park Hill’s 12 points in the third quarter. With time running out in regulation, Bell knocked down a contested 3 to tie the game and send it to overtime. He finished with a game-high 23 points in the loss.
Miles Emery comes up big late
After mostly putting together a quiet game at the offensive end, Emery came up big late in the fourth quarter. He had a key three-point play with two minutes remaining that gave the Mustangs a 28-27 lead, then moments later had a breakaway layup after a steal. That bucket gave BVN a 30-27 lead with 1:20 remaining in regulation. He finished with nine points for BVN and added six rebounds.
A freshman leads them
Although he’s not very big, Blue Valley North 2021 PG Luke Adams led everyone not named Ronnie Bell in scoring with 11 points, including a 6 for 6 performance at the free throw line in the fourth quarter and overtime. He also knocked down a 3 and handed out two assists while bringing some much needed calm to the Mustangs’ backcourt.
Football game breaks out
Bell wasn’t the only football recruit in Saturday’s contest and BVN featured Miles Emery and Nick Orr and perhaps others who will likely play the sport at the next level. The end results was a physical contest that saw few fouls called and a contest in which both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket.
Blue Valley North played everyone that brought a pair of shoes as 12 players got game time, and all but one played at least six minutes. However, the bench ended the contest outscoring the starters as the BVN starting five put up 17 points in the contest. Freshman Luke Adams led that group with 11, while 6’7 2019 forward Luke Vlasic and 6’4 2018 guard Dylan Freeberg also gave the team solid minutes, scoring four points each.