Posted On: 03/18/21 6:07 PM
Prep Hoops Missouri takes a look at the Class 4 Final Four, which will begin on Friday at the JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. And of course, we have our fearless predictions.
March 19 (Semifinal)
Vashon vs Blair Oaks, noon: A great matchup between two teams that were in he Final Four last season and are also celebrating the 20-year anniversary of a state championship. Top-ranked Vashon relies on its speed, defensive pressure and the excellent pair of 6’6 VCU recruit Nick Kern and 6’4 UNLV recruit Keshon Gilbert Keshon Gilbert 6'3" | PG Vashon | 2021 State #202 Nation MO . Blair Oaks will counter with one of the state’s top scoring duos in 6’9 2022 Luke Northweather Luke Northweather 6'10" | PF Blair Oaks | 2022 State MO and 6’1 2022 guard Quinn Kusgen Quinn Kusgen 6'1" | SG Blair Oaks | 2022 State MO . They combine to score nearly 50 points a game. (Prediction: Vashon)
Note: The second semifinal game between Westminster and Barstow will not be played. Barstow had to withdraw from the tournament, thus Westminster automatically advances to the state championship game.
Championship Game, 2 p.m. (Prediction: Vashon)
(Nick Kern photo, Courtesy of Wiley Price, St. Louis American. Luke Northweather Luke Northweather 6'10" | PF Blair Oaks | 2022 State MO photo courtesy of Blair Oaks Basketball)