The Hot Read: After defeating John Burroughs for the Class 3 District 4 basketball championship, Maplewood Richmond Heights fell Wednesday night to Madison Prep 49-65 at Lindenwood University. The Blue Devils matched the Bears 12-12 in the first quarter, but when Madison picked up the defensive intensity, MRH scored only nine in the second quarter to Madison's 15. The Blue Devils hit for only five in the third quarter, as leading scorer Kahlid Hagens fouled out. MRH finished with a 24-6 record on the season.
Leading MRH scorers: Kahlid Hagens and Corey Frazier, 13; Wes Williams, 7; Aaron Collins and Aaron Spudich, 5
Other key stats: MRH out-rebounded Madison 40-33, but lost in shooting percentage 30-47 percent. Madison had 11 steals to MRH's 5.
Seen playing for Madison Prep: Former MRH players Anthony Lee, with 28 minutes game time and Kevin Baker with 23.
Quotable I, MRH Coach Corey Frazier on keeping Hagens in with four fouls: "You’ve go to go with your guns. Comes in gets a few quick buckets, And that’s what we did. He’s our guy. No secret about it. When he’s on the court, we’re very effective."
Quotable II, Frazier: "It hurts a lot because of the guys that I have. I watched these kids grow from freshman year, from little boys who was rebuilding our program, from not being as strong, to look at them now. Some of them are getting the opportunity to play on the next level whether it be football or basketball, and that’s the biggest thing for us, is to make sure these kids go and be successful in life after basketball. Whether we win or lose, I want to see you have a life after basketball. Get that degree."
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