August 1, 2002

Local Hoops Team Finishes 3rd In Show-Me Games

An eight-man basketball team from northeast Missouri captured third place in the boys 15-16 age group of the Missouri Show-Me State Games held in Columbia. The squad, made up pre-dominantly of Scotland County players, participated in the non-school sanctioned games, which are dedicated to the enhancement of sporting activities across the state of Missouri.

The team, Project Tytechortz, consisted of Andrew Bulen, Aaron Dale, Nick Oldham, Danny Roach, Dustin Roach, Greg Neagle, Clint Cottrell and Adam Vice. Bulen, Dale, Oldham, Cottrell, and Danny Roach will all be juniors at Scotland County R-I High School this year. Vice will be a junior at Clark County. Neagle is entering his sophomore year at SCR-I while Dustin Roach will be a freshman.

The team was coached by Bill Roach, Darin Dale and Bill Cottrell.

Most of the team members have been playing basketball in the Show-Me games for the past three years, just missing the semi-final round by one game last year. This summer the squad had to beat three teams to qualify for state play.

Project Tytechortz started the state playoffs with a contest versus Tipton. All members of the squad saw action in the game except for Cottrell who missed the contest due to work.

The local squad jumped out to the lead in the first period. Both teams traded scores in the second period leaving Tytechortz with the advantage at the intermission. The lead held up but with one minute a six-point margin was cut in half by a Tipton three pointer. Dale hit a key free throw and the defense held up for a four-point victory for Project Tytechortz.

The second game of the day pitted the local squad against Orrick, a team that was more evenly matched with Project Tytechortz as far as height.

That didn't stop Orrick from getting into foul trouble early on allowing Project Tytechortz to build a six-point lead at halftime.

Cottrell was in the starting line-up helping his team maintain a key rebounding advantage, which led to a 63-52 victory.

Game three got underway at 9:10 a.m. the following morning with Project Tytechortz locking horns with Waynesville for the right to advance to the finals.

Solid post play from Neagle, Bulen, Dale and Roach gave the local team a key presence on the boards. Oldham, Vice and the Roach brothers contributed some key three pointers while distributing the ball well from the guard spots as Project Tytechortz prevailed 51-44 to win Group C of the pairings.

The road got rough from there as the pairings sent Project Tytechortz against the winner of Group A, which consisted of a pair of teams from St. Louis and a third squad from St. Joseph.

The teams got a break of just two hours before tipping off the semi-finals contest. The St. Louis team may have been a bit surprised by the rural squad, as they got nothing short of a difficult workout in a game that was anything but easy for the big city squad which ultimately prevailed 43-36.

The two-day playoffs ended with Project Tytechortz taking home third place medals from the Show-Me Games.

The coaches commended the players on their outstanding sportsmanship exhibited during the contests while representing northeast Missouri in a fine fashion. They also applauded the groups efforts, for never giving up and for playing together as a team.

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