COLUMBIA, Mo.- The 23rd annual edition of the MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout begins Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Mizzou Arena and features 14 teams from across the state. The teams include a particularly strong field. Eight teams are ranked in the top-10 in their state classification, and four are ranked in the top five. The collective record of all 14 teams is 141-48.
The past years have featured players who have gone on to the NBA, such as David Lee (Chaminade), Tyler and Ben Hansborough (Poplar Bluff) and Otto Porter (Scott County Central). The shootout is organized by the Show-Me State Games as a fundraiser for the annual summer competition.
Here’s a look at the six games featuring area teams:
12 p.m. – Glasgow vs. Salisbury
- The Glasgow boys are 12-0. This is the 5th time they have played in the Shootout. They play Salisbury annually during the regular season and by and large the games have been close and highly competitive.
- Salisbury is 12-2. Last year they finished 28-1 and lost in the Class 2 Quarter Final Game, but they lost all five starters from last year’s team, and are really pleased with the progress their younger players have made thus far this season.
1:30 p.m. – Iberia vs. Harrisburg
- Iberia is 13-2 this season. They return four starters from last year’s 25-3 team. The starters returning are all seniors, led by 6-10 Dexter Frisbie, a 2-time starter who has signed to play basketball at Missouri Southern. Iberia’s record since the start of the 2012-13 season is 95-11.
- The Bulldogs are 7-7 this year. The Bulldogs are a young and upcoming team that starts three juniors and two sophomores. Soph. Cade Combs leads the Bulldogs with 16pts and 9 Rbs a game. Jr. Brendan Gray is also averaging 16pts and is one of the top 3-point shooters in the area.
3 p.m. – Mid Buchanan vs. Oak Grove
- Mid Buchanan is 11-4 on the season. They won their 7th KCI Conference Tournament Title in 11 years this year as one of only three class 2 schools in the conference. They have averaged more than 20 wins a year the last 10 seasons.
- Oak Grove is 6-5. They have had a couple of good wins over Harrisonville, and Warrensburg on the Campus of UCM. Out of their losses, three of those have been by 3 points or less.
4:30 p.m. – Tolton Catholic vs. Vianney
- Vianney is 10-6 currently with wins over state ranked teams Vashon, Parkway West, and Shawnee Mission North (KS)
- Tolton Catholic is currently 14-2. Recently, they won the Machen’s Great 8 tournament (Defeated Helias 54-51). The Trailblazers are 0-3 all-time at the MFA Oil – Break Time Shootout, all three were overtime games. (2013-California, 2014-Iberia, 2015- Vianney)
6 p.m. – Jefferson City vs. Battle
- The Jays are currently 10-5. The Jays take on Battle Saturday for the second time this season. Battle won the first game by 4 on Dec 3. This will be Jefferson City’s 19th time playing in the MFA Oil – Break Time Shootout, tying them with Helias for most Shootout appearances.
- Battle’s record is 4-11. Battle is a young team consisting of only one senior, four juniors, and three sophomores. This is Battle’s first appearance in the MFA Oil – Break Time Shootout.
7:30 p.m. – Boonville vs. Chillicothe (girls)
- Boonville Lady Pirates are 9-5 playing a very competitive schedule with most of their opponents being from larger schools. They have two starters (Sr. Millie Moyer and Jr. Paige Renfrow) returning from their 30-1 State Tournament team from last year. The Lady Pirates have placed 3rd in both the Centralia and California Tournaments.
- The Chillicothe Lady Hornets are 10-2. They start five juniors with only one senior on the team. Last year’s team lost to Boonville in the quarterfinals, their record for the 2014-2015 season was 26-4.
9p.m. – Boonville vs. Southern Boone
- The Boonville boys are currently 10-4. The Pirates won the Centralia Tournament in December by beating the Salisbury Panthers 60-45. Ta’Vious Brazil just collected his 1,000 point last Tuesday night in a win against the Fatima Comets. Boonville won its first district championship in 31 years last season by winning the Class 3 District 13 title. They also played in the California Tournament championship last Saturday night against Southern Boone and lost 56-52.
- Southern Boone is currently 14-0. The Eagles return four 3-year starters. That experience alone has helped the Eagles start out the season with two tourney titles, Tri-County Conference Tournanment & California Tournament. The Eagles are averaging 71.8 points a game and giving up only 48.9 points a game.