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Posted On: 11/30/18 7:21 AM
Prep Hoops Missouri was in attendance for the semifinals of the People’s Bank and Trust Tournament in Troy, Mo. Francis Howell defeated Hazelwood West in the first semifinal game and McCluer North defeated Rock Bridge in a very high-level second semifinal contest.
Here is a look at some of the top standouts from the Troy Tournament semifinals:
Dajuan Harris 6’2″ Rock Bridge (’19) – The Missouri State commit was a disruptive force on both ends of the court. He scored a game-high 22 points, with many coming on nice slashing drives to the basket. He also had several steals and created many other turnovers with his length and ball hawking ability. He is a smooth point guard who plays a very unselfish brand of basketball.
Mekai Ray 5’8″ McCluer North (’19) – The smallest player on the court made the biggest impact on the game as he tied Harris for game-high honors with 22 points and provided a big spark on both ends of the court. He made three 3-pointers, including the one that gave the Stars the lead to stay with two minutes left in the game. He is quick and aggressive and he sets the tone for the Stars’ high-tempo style of play.
Isaiah Mosley 6’6″ Rock Bridge (’19) – The top tier talent scored 16 points and really made an impact in the fourth quarter where he scored on three consecutive possessions in a bid to take the game over. He didn’t have his 3-pointer working like he normally does, so he adjusted and started going to the basket where he scored on an array of drives and short jumpers in the lane, including a pretty turnaround mid-range jumper late in the game.
Daylan Dalton 5’7″ Francis Howell (’19) – The little quickster of the point guard scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Vikings to an easy victory over West in the semifinals.He knocked down a couple of 3-pointers, but L’il DD is at his best when he is pushing the pace and finding open teammates all over the court with his excellent passing skills. He makes it happen.
A’Tavian Butler 6’2″ McCluer North (’19) – The dynamic wing player scored 13 points and led the Stars in rebounding in the big win over Rock Bridge. He is an athletic force who plays much bigger than his actual height. He does most of his offensive damage in the paint where he can shoot over bigger defenders. He also did a nice job of pushing the ball on the break and making good decisions with the basketball.
Matt Schark 6’4″ Francis Howell (’20) – The burly combo forward scored 14 points in the victory over Hazelwood West. He is one of the most unique players to watch in the state. He is one of the few players I’ve seen who can knock down 3-pointers on a consistent basis, yet go inside and display a well-rounded low post game with power, footwork and finishing ability. He is a match-up problem at the high school level.