Posted On: 12/2/19 11:00 AM

Saturday's Breakdown Big 12 Classic pitted many high-level teams against each other for season openers. We run down first impressions from the final three games here.

Prior Lake: big game backups. Most nights, the focus is on Dawson Garcia and Tyree Ihenacho for the bulk of production. And most nights, that will be enough; it's gravy to have multiple guys after them to fit smoothly into the system like Malcolm Jones, Kyle McCulloughTommy Mestnik and Nate Bach. The Lakers made very few mistakes with the ball and moved it quickly to get open shots around the arc and at the rim. Scorers 3, 4, and 5 on this team will make more of an impact than expected and put this team over the top next to the two D1 signees.

East Ridge: color change. Losing Kendall Brown to prep school hurt the Raptor star power and overall expected winning percentage. But Kendall Blue looked superb in his place running the point on Saturday, scoring 19 points and delivering the ball to the right spots. Ben Carlson is an incredibly skilled player in his own right, but he won't be able to create for everyone and himself all the time, so Blue's emergence is much needed as a second star. Ben North and Brody

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