Some of state's best gather for shootout

Friday, January 6, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:05 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Rock Bridge basketball coach Jim Scanlon and Hickman coach Jim Sutherland have a full weekend ahead of them, culminating at Mizzou Arena on Sunday at the 2006 MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout.

The Show-Me State Games and MFA Oil are the primary sponsors of the 13th annual shootout. Sixteen teams from across the state will come to Mizzou Arena on Friday and Sunday to compete.

Seth Myers, senior information specialist with the Show-Me State Games, said that the tournament mixes in local teams, tries to look at the previous seasons of other teams around the state, and picks the best.

Scanlon’s Bruins are gearing up for the Hogan Preparatory Academy Rams tonight at home. On Sunday in the tournament, the Bruins will play the Poplar Bluff Mules. Poplar Bluff’s main threat is 6-foot-3 senior guard, Ben Hansbrough. Hansbrough is committed to play for Mississippi State University next year.

“Yeah, he’s one of the best players in the state,” Scanlon said. “We’re just going to try to guard him.

“We’re preparing just like normal. We’ve got a game (today), so we’re focusing on that.”

Mules coach Travis Brown said that his team is going to try hard, work hard, show up and play well.

Across town, Sutherland’s Kewpies have an away game in Quincy, Ill., tonight against Quincy-Notre Dame. Then on Sunday, the Kewpies will go up against the undefeated St. Charles Pirates.

Sutherland said that the Kewpies’ focus is on Quincy Notre Dame, but his team is looking forward to Sunday.

“(Quincy Notre Dame) is very good,” Sutherland said. “It won’t be a warm-up game for us.”

Pirates coach Gary Wacker said his team hasn’t prepared too much for Sunday, but will probably have a walk-through practice on Saturday.

“The competition level will be good,” Wacker said. “It’s a great experience for the kids and for some, maybe the only opportunity they will play at Mizzou Arena.”

The Bruins will play the Mules at 4 p.m. and the Kewpies will play the Pirates at 7 p.m.

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