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Order on the court: Three return to Telegram All-Area boys team

Published 3/16/2013

Order on the court

By The Telegram Sports Staff

Three repeat performers, one of the top area point guards, and the scoring leader for Garden City High School's Class 6A state tournament qualifying team, comprise the 2013 Telegram All-Area boys basketball team.

Two of the three players who made the elite squad as juniors were Scott City's Drew Kite and Brett O'Neil, last season's co-player's of the year. Kite won the award this year. Those two were part of the senior class that led the Beavers to their third consecutive Class 3A state championship team.

Holcomb's Tyler LaSalle, a 5-11 speedster and deadly shooter, helped the Longhorns to an 18-5 season record and a spot in the 3A sub-state title game with the Beavers. South Gray's Trenton Holloway is the other repeater from the 2012 squad.

Collectively, these five players were on teams that compiled a won-loss record of 76-19.

Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil was named the boys coach of the year as the Beavers went 25-1 in securing the three-peat championship.

Bo Banner

6-2, Guard

Garden City, Sr.

While there were times the Garden City Buffaloes struggled to find scoring, Banner saved some of his best performances for the last half of the season.

He led the Buffs in scoring with an 11.05 average and four of his top five scoring outputs came against some of the top teams they faced all season.

Banner, who had come off a football injury, rounded into form and scored 20 points against eventual Class 6A state champion Blue Valley Northwest in January at the Valley Center Jam. He had 26 points in a tough loss to Holcomb and then finished his senior season with games of 16 and 17 points against Dodge City and Derby in the 6A sub-state championship and first-round game at the state tournament.

Banner also flourished at the free throw line, where he was 63-of-80 for 78.8 percent efficiency.

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Most memorable moment for the 2012-13 season: Beating Dodge City to advance to the Class 6A state tournament.

Favorite athlete: LeBron James.

Favorite food: Steak.

Favorite class in school: Tumbling.

Person I most admire: Tim Tebow.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Brittany Snow.

Favorite pastime: Every time I hang out with my boys.

College you plan to attend: Kansas State.

Area of intended study: Business.

Honors: First team all-Western Athletic Conference, second team Valley Center January Jam.

Trenton Holloway

6-3, Forward

South Gray, Sr.

During his high school career, Holloway had many memorable moments, playing in state tournaments, but his most exciting moment for the 2012-13 season was heaving a halfcourt shot into the basket for the game-winning shot against Kiowa County.

Holloway, who is still awaiting a decision for college, hopes to play somewhere next season. He helped the Rebels to an 18-5 record this season.

In the team's 23 games, Holloway scored in double figures 15 times, averaging 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. He hit just a shade under 50 percent of his field goals. His season high of 31 points came in the opening game in late November. His rebounding season best was 15 and he fashioned seven double-doubles.

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Most memorable moment for the 2012-13 season: Making the game-winning shot from half-court against Kiowa County.

Favorite athlete: LeBron James.

Favorite food: Prime rib.

Favorite class in school: Psychology.

Person I most admire: My dad.

If I could meet one person, it would be: LeBron James.

College you plan to attend: Undecided.

Area of intended study: Undecided.

Honors: 2012 and 2013 Southern Plains-Iroquois Activities Association first team, 2012 Telegram all-area first team.

Drew Kite

6-4, Center

Scott City, Sr.

Kite was a model of consistency during his senior season while earning sole player of the year honors.

He scored 20 or more points on 12 occasions, with a season-high of 29 against TMP-Marian. He scored in double figures in all 26 games in helping the Beavers win their third consecutive Class 3A state championship. He averaged 10.1 rebounds per game for a season average double-double to go along with his 19.9 points per game. He had 15 games where he registered a double-double and his top rebounding effort was 18. His low scoring game was 13 points.

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Most memorable moment for the 2012-13 season: Winning the Class 3A state title for the third straight year.

Favorite athlete: Dwight Howard.

Favorite food: Pizza rolls.

Favorite class in school: Composition.

Persons I most admire: My mom and dad.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Daniel Tosh.

Favorite pastime: Sophomore year when we won the Class 3A state title.

College you plan to attend: Undecided.

Area of intended study: Undecided.

Honors: Three time Class 3A state champions, 2012 Telegram basketball co-player of the year, 2012 Telegram football player of the year.

Tyler LaSalle

5-11, Guard

Holcomb, Sr.

In any other year, LaSalle may well have been the player of the year. He was one of the premier guards in western Kansas and the sheer fact that he played the entire season on a team beset by injuries, is a testimony to his resolve and toughness on the court.

The Longhorns won the mid-season Hillsboro Trojan Classic and LaSalle was the spark. With as many as three starters absent from the lineup due to injuries at one point of the season or another, coach Chad Novack looked to LaSalle as the stabilizing force on the court.

He produced a season that included an average of 12.4 points, 5 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. He had 15 games where he scored in double figures, with a season-high of 20 on two different occasions, the last against Scott City in the Class 3A sub-state championship game. He had an impressive 2.5 to 1 ratio of assists to turnovers for the Longhorns. He had perhaps his best all-around game in a 70-59 victory over in-county rival Garden City when he scored 17 points, handed out 10 assists and pulled down five rebounds. He committed just one turnover in that game.

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Most memorable moment for the 2012-13 season: Winning the Hillsboro Tournament.

Favorite athlete: Kirk Hinrich.

Favorite food: Pulled pork.

Favorite classes in school: Math and chemistry.

Person I most admire: My cousin Caleb Woods.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Jack Johnson.

College you plan to attend: Applied to West Point.

Area of intended study: Chemical engineering.

Honors: First team all-Great West Activities Conference.

Brett O'Neil

6-1, Guard

Scott City, Sr.

A four-year varsity performer, a three-year starter and the coach's son, O'Neil was the catlyst for much of the Beavers' success.

When he walked off the floor a week ago with his teammates and a third straight Class 3A state title, the older of the two sons playing for dad, Glenn, Brett O'Neil had ended his career with 1,055 points and 591 assists. His senior year, he averaged 11.4 points per game, second high on the balanced Beavers' attack. He recorded 213 assists his final season (8.2 per game) and added in 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game. He was a 46 percent field goal shooter and made 74 percent of his free throws.

O'Neil may well have played one of his finest overall games in the 74-55 state championship victory over Humboldt when he scored 13 points, handed out 10 assists and grabbed 9 rebounds. ------

Most memorable moment for the 2012-13 season: Three-peat Class 3A 2011, 2012, and 2013 state champions.

Favorite athlete: Russell Westbrook.

Favorite food: Italian.

Favorite class in school: History.

Person I most admire: My father.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Michael Jordan.

Favorite pastime: Eating ice cream on a hot summer afternoon.

College you plan to attend: Undecided.

Area of intended study: Business.

Honors: All-Great West Activities Conference first team, 2012 Telegram basketball co-player of the year.

Career statistics: 591 assists, 1,055 career points.

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