Barry Lewis' Hot List
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Monday, January 21, 2013
1/21/13 at 3:46 AM
Players to watch
Derek Reeves, Cleveland: Has been a bright spot for the 4-8 Tigers. The 6-foot-1 senior guard had 52 points in two games last week. Scored 31, including seven treys, and had eight rebounds, three steals and three assists in a loss to 4A No. 11 Berryhill. Scored 21 against Bristow with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. For the season, he is averaging 18.8 points.
Jaylen Lowe, Owasso: The 6-1 senior guard scored 69 points in three games for the 6A No. 5 Rams and is averaging 22 points for the season.
Jeffery Mead, Union: Was the leading scorer for the 6A No. 13 Redskins in two wins, with a combined 35 points at 6A No. 4 Broken Arrow and Muskogee. The 6-7 junior forward also can be a defensive force.
Chandler Moczygemba, Berryhill: The 6-3 junior forward had 34 points in a win over Cleveland on Friday after scoring 18 against Cushing on Tuesday. He is averaging 18.1 points and 7.6 rebounds this season. Moczygemba is shooting 51 percent from the field and 70 percent on free throws.
Dylan Parker, Sperry: A 6-1 sharpshooter, the senior guard is averaging 17.2 points for the 3A No. 3 Pirates, who are 13-1. He has 44 treys and is shooting 55 percent from that range. Connects on 81 percent of his free throws.
Teams to watch
B.T. Washington (8-6): The Hornets are only ranked 18th in 6A, but 6-6 sophomore Chris Miller's progress at center, along with the scoring of Juwan Parker and Kevin Sims, who combine to average 40 points per game, makes them a team that can compete with anybody in the East.
Verdigris (13-2): The 3A No. 4 Cardinals have won five in a row, and their only losses have been to 3A No. 3 Sperry and 4A No. 1 Roland. Blake Battenfield averages 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. Cade Upshaw averages 14.1 points and gives the Cardinals an outside shooting threat.
Games to watch
Union (9-4) at Owasso (8-2) (Tuesday): Owasso served notice that it was one of 6A's top teams with a 66-47 victory over defending state champion Union in the season opener. Union has improved significantly since then and has won nine of its last 11. The pick: Owasso, 56-53.
McLain (8-6) at Edison (8-5) (Tuesday): The pick: Edison, 64-59.
Jenks/Union Invitational (Thursday through Saturday): A strong field includes 6A No. 1 Midwest City, 6A No. 11 Edmond Santa Fe, 5A No. 7 Edison, Guthrie, East Central and NOAH with high-scoring sophomore Allonzo Trier, who is expected to return from a concussion. The pick (tournament champion): Midwest City over Jenks.
Catoosa's Port City Classic (Thursday through Saturday): This tournament's best field in several years is led by 6A No. 5 Owasso, 5A No. 1 Memorial, 4A No. 3 Victory Christian, 3A No. 4 Verdigris and Cascia Hall. The pick: Owasso over Memorial.
Ask the writer
What are the best tournament games to watch Thursday?
NOAH at Union at 5:30 p.m. and Edison vs. Edmond Santa Fe at Jenks at 5:30 p.m.
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