The Class 5 District 4 Championship took place from SLU High School Friday night featuring a match-up between the #1 seed Chaminade and the #3 seed Webster Groves. The Statesmen hung tough despite giving up significant size and length, but…
The Class 5 District 4 Championship took place from SLU High School Friday night featuring a match-up between the #1 seed Chaminade and the #3 seed Webster Groves. The Statesmen hung tough despite giving up significant size and length, but in the end Chaminade rode suffocating defense and a dominant performance in the paint to a 45-35 victory. Here’s a look at the standouts from this title tilt:
Player of the Game: 6’8 So Tarris Reed | Chaminade
Tarris was absolutely dominant for Chaminade in the win and showed off the versatility and advanced skill set that has him as one of the more coveted front-court prospects in his class. At 6’8 with a strong, thick frame he opened the game with an eye-popping steal, coast to coast drive, spin move and finish that is usually reserved for a point guard. He can stretch the floor, evidenced by beating the first quarter buzzer with a catch and shoot three from the top of the key. He owned the pain as well, being four inches taller than anyone defending him he took full advantage. His positioning and footwork in the post is high level and he has a soft touch off the glass. He dominated the glass and also provided plenty of highlights with several emphatic slams. He finished with a game high 22 points.
High Motor: 6’4 Sr| Chaminade
Harrison didn’t explode on the stat sheet, finishing with just six points on the night, but he was all over the place and instrumental in the win. Vickers was relentless going to the offensive glass and had a pair of key put backs. He played strong and physical inside, muscling his way to the rim for a score in traffic. He handled the ball under control and was very active and intense on the defensive end.
Sophomore Sensation: 6’2 So Damien Mayo | Chaminade
Reed and Mayo make up possibly the best back-court/front-court sophomore duo in the state. Mayo is a gifted combo-guard that gets after it on both ends. He has good lateral quickness and upper body strength that gave Webster Groves guards fits, they just simply couldn’t get by him off the bounce. He’s a joy to watch in the open floor offensively. He knocked down a stop and pop jumper, buried a smooth runner, finished in transition, and threw down an alley-oop from Vickers. He finished with 10 points on the night.
Another Youngster to Watch: 5’10 So Matt Enright | Webster Groves
Matt was giving up a lot of size, but made up for it with effort and heart. He was constantly on the move trying to free himself up for open looks and ran Chaminade guards ragged chasing him all over the floor. He got loose for a pair of quick release threes and put it on the floor for a nice floater over the Red Devils front line. He finished with 9 points.
Intriguing Forward: 6’4 Jr Luke Maupin | Webster Groves
Luke is a long, bouncy forward that pitched in 9 points and several rebounds for the Statesmen. He has some quick-twitch athleticism and good second leap ability that makes him tough on the glass on both ends. Did a nice job of positioning himself for offensive rebounds or dump offs and although Reed had a big game inside for Chaminade, Luke did an admirable job with him on the block for stretches.