Frazier from the Field: Men’s Basketball approaches 3rd consecutive State title

Men’s basketball is on it’s way to winning it’s third consecutive State championship. Who might stop the Statesmen?

Senior guard Malachy Simpson holds the ball against a sea of Miller Career Academy opponents on Feb. 8. The Statesmen won 81-41. Photo by Jaden Fields

Head Coach Jay Blossom said, “Our biggest challenge will be against Chaminade at Districts. With McCluer and everything, it’ll be one of the hardest Districts to get through in state history.”

And a challenge it was. Going into overtime after losing a 14-point lead, the Statesman defeated Chaminade 76-74.

The Statesman have only been defeated twice this season, against Ladue on Jan. 22, and against Staley in Indiana on Jan. 26. Their record as of March 1, stands at 22-3.

Blossom said, “It’s easy to get worse when you win, but it’s also easy to get better when you lose.”

It’s difficult to compare this year’s team to last year’s team. This year, they will have a better record going into playoffs, but they also lost three starters: R.J. Wright, Courtney Ramey and Carte’Are Gordon. The Statesmen’s record is better likely because they didn’t travel to top ranked schools around the Midwest to compete.

Senior guard Malachy Simpson said, “We know as long as the Webster is on our jersey, we’re going to get everybody’s best game, but I have full confidence in our team that we’re capable.”

Simpson said, “The odds are stacked against us. Winning State, much less three times in a row, is difficult to do.”

Webster plays tonight for the District final against McCluer North in Robert’s Gym at 7:30 p.m. My prediction is 63-78 McCluer.

 

Greg Frazier – Sports Editor 

This is Greg Frazier’s third year on ECHO staff.  This is his second year as sports editor and columnist.  Also he made several contributions while taking journalism class his freshman year.




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