Author: Tyler Simpson, RLH Scout

Rowe Leads Chrisman In Thriller

In a game where seemingly nothing was going their way, Chrisman never wavered. After building a 13 point lead after one quarter, Deer Creek battled their way back with great defense and even better offense, closing the deficit to 4 at halftime. 

The two teams battled back and forth throughout the rest of the game, eventually needing OT to settle it once and for all. 

That’s when Chrisman decided to lean on one of their most experienced guards, Zachariah Rowe, to get the job done. 

With the final seconds waning, and Chrisman holding the ball, Rowe drove the lane to the basket for the game-winning layup all while finishing through contact with 1.7 seconds left. The crowd erupted after the ball went through the net, but it looked like just another shot for Rowe.

Like he’s done it time and time again. 

Rowe missed a crucial free throw late in the fourth quarter that could have given them a one point lead and possibly the win, but he made sure not to miss his second chance. 

“My teammates rely on me in big moments, and counted on me to step up,” said Rowe. “And that’s exactly what I did. Stepped up in the big moment. I just thank my teammates for having the faith in me to take the last shot and I finished the game.”

A lot of teams could give up huge runs to opposing teams after having a second quarter like Chrisman had, but the veteran leadership kept everything under control. 

That’s why the message coming out of halftime for Chrisman was simple, keep your composure and slow things down. 

“Coach told us it started on defense and that’s exactly where it started. Got us all buckets,” said Rowe. 

Rowe finished with 20 points to add to his game-winning shot, with his backcourt running mate Isaiah Jackson finishing with 16. Deer Creek’s Jerry Tullis finished with 28, and multiple three-pointers. 

Chrisman faces cross-town rival Truman today at 2:30pm for the Phog Allen Invitational Championship, which will certainly have tensions high and a high energetic atmosphere from the crowd.

 “Play our game. Defense is our main focus. Just start on defense and that’s going to win us a championship.”

Scouting Report: Mozae Downing

Height: 6’1”

Class: 2022

Position: PG

GPA: 

AAU Team: KC Run GMC

High School: Lawrence Free State

Strengths: Downing is a high level table setting point guard. Downing possesses elite court vision and a quickness that’s tough for opposing defenders to stop. A high basketball IQ to go along with his shiftiness makes him imposing as a floor general. 

Improvement Opportunity: Needs to continue to work on his outside shot, and decision making at times. Has a tough time staying in front of his defender at times, so improving on the defensive end will do him wonders. 
Projection: MM+/HM

Scouting Report: Will Townsend

Height: 6’6”

Class: 2021

Position: F

GPA: 

AAU Team: Team KC 

High School: Shawnee Mission East

Strengths: Townsend has began to expand his game and include some incredible post moves with it. His shot blocking ability is incredible for his size when he’s playing in the post. Has the ability to consistently hit the mid-range shot at the elbow with ease. 

Improvement Opportunity: Needs to get quicker feet as he’ll likely be a wing at the next level. Improving his outside shot to hit at a consistent level will be the next step in his development.
Projection: NAIA/D-II

Scouting Report: Jaden Monday

Height: 6’2”

Class: 2021

Position: PG

GPA: 

AAU Team: SSA Hoops

High School: Van Horn High School

Strengths: Monday is quick and decisive as a floor general and creates opportunities to get his teammates open. My favorite part about Monday’s game is his use of the mid-range game as soon as he beats his defender from the top of the perimeter. Monday is an absolute hawk on defense and has great instincts in jumping passing lanes. 

Improvement Opportunity: He can tend to sit back and not get involved when he should need to and shoulder the scoring load. Has an improving outside shot, which will be crucial for him at the next level.
Projection: LM+/MM+.

Scouting Report: Trevor McBride

Height: 6’2”

Class: 2022

Position: PG/SG

GPA: 

AAU Team: SSA Hoops

High School: Basehor-Linwood High School

Strengths: McBride plays the game at all three-levels and is a volume scorer at all three as well. Can fill the stat sheet in an instant when he gets hot. McBride’s always moving on offense looking to create his own shot but also has great court vision on finding open teammates. A vocal leader on both ends as well. 

Improvement Opportunity: Needs to work on his defense as he has trouble staying in front of quicker defenders. Can get hesitant on the offensive end, where he should be looking for his shot instead of passing it up.

Projection: Still early for McBride as well, but right now I’m projecting he’ll end up at the Division II level.