News Tribune sports writer.
Gary Pinkel is going to be around for awhile.
It was a great night to be Cody Shaw. Barely. The Eugene senior scored 33 points, broke the school’s career scoring record and, more importantly, helped the Eagles withstand a furious late rally from Palmyra to hold on for a heart-pounding 73-69 overtime victory in a Class 3 sectional game Wednesday night.
It could get a little ugly tonight at Mizzou Arena. Regardless of whether Missouri wins or loses. That’s because the Texas A&M Aggies (17-12, 8-8 Southeastern Conference) are coming to town for a 7 p.m. tipoff (no local TV). A former Big 12 rival of Missouri (20-9, 8-8 SEC), the Aggies don’t exactly play the most exciting brand of basketball.
Four-year seniors have become a luxury in NCAA Division I college basketball, thanks in part to a steady rise in transfers, early departures to the NBA and the influx of one-and-done players that jet to the NBA after just one year in college.
Basketball postseason gets off to an exciting start
SPORTS COMMENTARY: What a wild, wacky and, most importantly, fun week it’s been for district basketball. Almost on par with the food at the Blair Oaks hospitality room.
Keanau Post has always had potential. The junior-college transfer finally unleashed it Saturday afternoon.
Frank Haith doesn’t think the bubble has burst quite yet.
It just wasn’t Blair Oaks’ night. Boonville proved to be too much to handle, as the top-seeded Lady Pirates won the Class 3 District 8 Tournament title with a 55-33 victory Friday night.
Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson have lit up the scoreboard for the Missouri Tigers this season, as the junior duo has combined to score 52 percent of Missouri’s points.
In boys basketball
The Eugene Eagles aren’t used to playing low-scoring games. A high-powered offense that averages nearly 77 points per game has been the driving force behind their 24-1 record and No. 3 ranking in Class 3.