eBoss Road Show - English Lessons at BVNW

So far this season, Ed Fritz's Blue Valley Northwest Huskies have rolled without much hype. Last week they knocked off the number one team in Kansas 6A, Wichita (KS) Southeast, to capture the championship at the Valley Center Tournament and claim the number one spot for themselves.

Friday night, the Huskies hosted a talented, more hyped and struggling Bishop Miege squad who came into the BVNW looking to get back on track. In front of a rowdy crowd, Fritz’s gang extended their record to 12-0 by taking control late in an entertaining 67-62 win.

FRIDAY NIGHT PERFORMERS

Alex English - This was the Alex English that everybody has been waiting to see. The 6-5 sophomore has shown plenty of glimpses of his potential, but Friday night may have been his most complete game of his high school career. After talking trash all week long about what BVNW and he were going to do, the excitable young forward backed it up in a big way. Not known as a jump shooter he stuck a couple of huge threes, scored tough baskets in the paint, rebounded and scored a big bucket late on a sweet drive to his left. When he’s on top of his game like he was Friday, he can be one of the best young players in the city.

Logan Hawley - The 6-2 senior for BVNW is one of those kids that has a penchant for making big plays. He already beat Liberty earlier this year with a late second baseline drive in overtime and Friday night he had a few huge buckets and rebounds down the stretch. He doesn’t always put up huge numbers, but the Huskies can generally count on him for 12 or so points a game and a bunch of plays that can be measured in the stat sheet.

Chris Combs - Miege’s 6-1 senior shooting guard came out smoking early as he hit on three straight deep trifectas. He looks unassuming, but he’s got a quick trigger and the confidence to take a shot with defenders closing quickly. Late in the game as Miege tried desperately to free him up for a deep look, Northwest did a terrific job of denying him the ball and without Combs stretching the defense, things really bogged down for the Stags.

Travis Releford - Everybody knows that Releford has received the most attention from college coaches and scouting services of any player in the metro area. The long and wiry 6-4 junior certainly showed why, but only in a few short flashes. There was an effortless full speed split and hop to the bucket in transition, and a few nice drives where he showed a gear that nobody else on the floor can reach. But, there were also times where he looked passive and content to pass the ball around the perimeter. The fact is, Releford can score whenever he wants to off the dribble and at times he needs to be a little more selfish.

Willie Reed - The ultra thin 6-10 junior from Bishop Miege had a rough night defensively as Northwest senior Caleb Harlan powered through and around him. But, for his struggles defensively (much of which will be rectified when he adds some much needed weight) he also tantalized with his potential on the offensive end. He’s got big soft mits, good touch to 12 feet and he’s surprisingly quick on drop steps and spins to the hoop for jams. There aren’t many people who got a good look at Reed last season at Hickman Mills or the year before at Ruskin, but those who have watched his development closely know just how staggering his rate of improvement has been.

MORE NOTES FROM BVNW VS. MIEGE

Pint sized floor general Aaron Washington experienced something that he doesn’t get all that often on Friday night, a size advantage. The thin 5-9 sophomore was checked for large stretches by Miege’s 5-7 freshman Trevor Releford. Washington doesn’t score a ton of points, but he controls the flow of his team and gets the ball where it needs to be. He’s quietly emerging as a very solid floor general. … For his part, the younger Releford showed flashes of brilliance as well. He handles the ball as well and is as creative a passer as there is in the KC Metro. Given more time to mature and learn that he doesn’t have to go a million miles per hour on all of his jaunts into the lane and he’s going to be a nightmare for opposing points to deal with. … He’s not the world’s greatest college prospect, but Caleb Harlan was terrific in a 20 point outing for BVNW. He hit on short jumpers, scored around and over a much taller player and made big play after big play for the Huskies. He’s the type of kid that high school ball is all about and it’s always fun to watch an aggressive and hard nosed kid leave everything he has on the floor. … Finally, we want to be sure to mention the emergence of BVNW senior shooting guard J’Ryan Lott as a scoring threat. The athletic six foot wing can create off the dribble or score from deep. Matched up with Trevor Releford late he took advantage of his size and strength advantage scoring a couple of tough and needed baskets as the Huskies seized control. …

Total teams seen- 175.

Total games watched- 102.

Total miles traveled- 10,101.

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