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Nobody asked me but...

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Nobody asked me but...the SEMO Conference Tournament was a rousing success.

Well, at least the tournament itself was a success and major props should go to Sikeston athletic director Brent Keefer, who was the mastermind behind the whole thing.

But you can't blame him for some of the downright bad basketball that was played through the week.

The action early on in the tournament was full of blowouts and poor play. The Cape Central and Poplar Bluff game was the poster child on why high school basketball needs a shot clock.

Cape Central held the ball the entire second quarter against the Mules as the two teams combined for two points in the quarter. I am surprised some fans didn't ask for their money back watching that fiasco.

* The Sikeston-Charleston final was a classic battle. Like I predicted, "The Factory" got amped up for the Bulldogs and took over in the second half. Shawn Sherrell just might be the best pure point guard in the state.

"The Factory" has taken their defense to a new level with Sherrell and Antonio Riggens. They no longer play "in your face" defense, oh no, it is now officially called "in your shirt" defense.

* Final ramblings about the SEMO Tourney...it is official, Michael Porter is the best player in the area, if -- and that is a big if -- he can stay out of foul trouble. Porter had 32 points and 19 rebounds against Charleston, yes Charleston.

The rumblings about switching the tournament hosts between the conference teams is absurd. Imagine the people trying to squeeze into Dexter's gymnasium. They'll only take fans by invitation only.

Just keep the tourney at Sikeston. It is centrally located and has the capacity to hold a big crowd.

Poplar Bluff is too far for nearly every team in the conference and so is Cape Girardeau. Not to mention, if you held the event at the Show-Me-Center, I feel the games would lose the intimacy that so many of us love about high school hoops. Sikeston is the perfect location and the perfect facility for it.

My only complaint about the tournament, where was the all-tournament team? I have some free time, so here you go...

Michael Porter - Sikeston

Shawn Sherrell - "Factory"

Justin Clark - "Factory"

Ty Williams - Notre Dame

Hunter Grantham - Jackson

Yes, only five players selected. I'm tired of the watered down "teams."

* The battle for top seed in Class 4, District 1 should come down to this Friday night. Sikeston will entertain Notre Dame and the two are clearly head and shoulders above the rest in the district.

It should be a great game with extremely talented players on both sides. In addition, Notre Dame has one of the best to ever coach in this area roaming the sidelines in Paul Hale.

The Field House will be rocking as this new, but intense rivalry continues to heat up. Hopefully, many of the Sikeston faithful won't forget how Notre Dame and its fans celebrated a soccer district title on their own turf. Oh yes, it should be a sight on Friday night.

* SEMO has an opening for head women's basketball coach. As always I am solutions-oriented and I have an ideal candidate in mind. Before you roll your eyes, read on savages. This coach would bring energy, discipline and integrity to the program. I believe Gavin Miller, the head girls coach at Dexter, would be an ideal choice if he was interested.

And finally, nobody asked me but...coaching is coaching and a high school coach can do the job at the collegiate level. All they need is a chance. North Texas gave a high school football coach a chance this week to run its football team. Will SEMO give a high school coach his shot?