SLUH (18-7) vs. CBC (23-6)
This will be round 3 between the two St. Louis (MCC Conference) rivals. CBC is the most talented team in the state by a good margin on paper. They have an abundance of riches such as Robert Martin, Larry Hughes Jr, and 7’2 phenom John Bol. SLUH on the other hand is a senior led, guard heavy team. Saint Louis signee Nick Kramer is the star, but he has two great point guards alongside him. In the end, CBC simply has too much talent and is expected to win.
Chaminade (23-6) vs. Ft. Zumwalt South (26-2)
Chaminade has been great all season. Frank Bennett may be doing his best coaching job to date with this group. Junior point guard, BJ Ward, is the catalyst for the Red Devils. He sets the tone and they’ll need him to come up big. As for FZS, it’s been a total team effort. They are coming off a heroic upset of Troy after being down 14 in the final 4 minutes. Chaminade is going to be a really tough matchup for them, however.
Nixa (26-3) vs. Lee’s Summit West (14-13)
Nixa has dominated the region this season. Junior guard Kael Combs is an explosive athlete who sells tickets. Collin Ruffin is another guard who they rely on heavily. He’s a 6’5 lefty with great feel for the game. Lee’s Summit West is on a miracle run in March. They were barely .500 in the regular season, but have found their groove here. Keep an eye on sophomore guard, Chaz Watson, he is next in line for Coach Schieber and the guard factory he’s produced at West. If Watson gets going again, the Titans could pull off the upset of Nixa. This one could go either way, but it’s easier to trust Nixa after an entire season of viewing.
Blue Springs (24-5) vs. Staley (25-4)
Blue Springs is an athletic group. The program has a good tradition and this year’s squad was able to have a great campaign. They’re led by 6’6 football star, Ikenna Ezeogu. In this matchup they’ll be faced up against a local Kansas City opponent. Staley has become one of the better programs in the state under coach Chris Neff. He preaches a clean, team oriented, tough defensive style of basketball. Junior’s Kyan Evans and Kayden Fish lead the charge for the Falcons. We believe Staley is the better overall team, and they have the size advantage.
Who do we think will win Missouri Class 6?
The major contenders appear to be CBC, Chaminade, and Staley on the surface. Out of this bunch, however, CBC has too much talent to be denied a title in the eyes of many. Justin Tatum was in line to get his third state title with former guard Caleb Love before the Covid-19 outbreak. We see him accomplishing that challenge just two years later.