FIVE TAKEAWAYS: Blue Valley Northwest (Kan.)-Park Hill South (Mo.)

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Posted On: 01/8/18 10:54 PM

FIVE TAKEAWAYS: Blue Valley Northwest (Kan.)-Park Hill South (Mo.)

OLATHE, Kan. — Park Hill South rallied from a big third quarter deficit in the sixth game of Saturday’s 810varsity Shootout to knock off Blue Valley Northwest in a 56-52 win.

Park Hill South 2019 point guard Lamel Robinson went for 17 points for the Panthers, including nine in the fourth quarter as PHS erased a 15-point third quarter deficit.

Here, Prep Hoops takes a look at five things that stood out about Saturday’s contest.

PHS emerging as a contender

The Panthers have climbed into the state rankings at No. 9 in Missouri Class 5 despite suffering three losses this season. They have terrific guard play in Lamel Robinson and Desi Williams, a versatile and athletic wing player in Saadique Perkins and emerging big men in 6’6 2020 forward Dylan Brougham and 6’3 2019 post CJ Lee. And … the Panthers have lots of depth with Dawson Owens and Joe Badalucco coming off the bench to help spark its rally on Saturday.

Ward continues to impress

Blue Valley Northwest 2018 point guard Sam Ward is a talented lead guard who at 6’2 combines good athleticism, handles and the ability to make shots. He can shoot from distance and has some swagger and shake-and-bake in his game. He went for a game-high 17 points, including three 3-pointers.

Panthers tough in the paint

Have to give it Park Hill South 2019 post CJ Lee. Built like an offensive lineman, Lee is strong, physical and tough and doesn’t back down from a challenge in the paint. And while he didn’t put up huge offensive numbers, scoring seven points on Saturday, Lee hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds and battled a pair of future NCAA Division I players in the paint in BVNW 2018 forwards Joe Pleasant and Parker Braun.

Dawson Owens, Joe Badalucco big off the bench

The Park Hill South bench largely outplayed the Huskies’ bench, especially down the stretch as 5’11 2019 guard Dawson Owens went for seven points, including a 3, and 6’2 2018 forward Joe Badalucco knocked down three 3-pointers and scored nine points, all in the second half.