Kirkwood vs. McCluer North
Site: McCluer North HS
5:30 pm, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
The Pioneers(12-6) travel to McCluer North to face the 15-3 Stars who are currently ranked No. 3 in the MBCA Missouri Class 5 top ten basketball rankings.
The Pioneers have earned victories in their past two meetings, including a 65-61 victory in January of 2018 in the Denver Miller tournament. Dating back to 1983, the Pionees hold a 10-4 advantage over the Stars.
The North Stars defeated Jennings to earn the title in the Denver Miller Tournament and earlier this season defeated Rock Bridge and Francis Howell, both state ranked programs to win the Troy Invitational.
A senior dominant club, McCluer North is led by A’Tavion Butler (17.7), Patrick Evans(13.8), and Mekai Ray(12.6). All North starters average more than 8 points per game.
North averages 70 points per game on defense and allows 63. Kirkwood averages 70 points per game on offense, allowing 66 on defense.
Senior Damien Loyd continues to lead the Pioneers in scoring, averaging 20.9. Senior Jonah McDowell adds 11.1 for the Pioneers.
North enters with a 2-0 conference mark, the Pioneers fell to 1-1 with a 69-59 defeat at Ladue.
Kirkwood head coach Bill Gunn earned his 300th career victory in the opening round defeat of Northwest.
Damien Loyd and Jonah McDowell earned all-conference honors in the 57th Union Tournament.
Brad Lay scored his career varsity high, 15 points, in the Northwest victory.
Arvell Ferguson leads the team grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game.
Friday, February 1 at Kirkwood the team will host Post Game with the Pioneers following the Lindbergh game for all boys in grades 3 – 7.