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Tuesday night kicks off the first round games of Hermann’s Boys Basketball Tournament.

Teams hope to use this and their final regular season tournament as a momentum builder for the rest of the season.  Next week teams begin the heart of their conference schedule that leades into district play.

It should be an exciting week of basketball in Hermann, Mo; expect large crowds, fierce competition, and edge of your seat action.  Six of the eight teams have no more than a thirty-minute drive, setting the stage for one crazy week at Hermann High School.

Now that your heart is pounding with anticipation, here is our break down of this year’s tournament.

The number one seed Hermann enters with an 11-4 record overall and champions of the South Callaway Tournament.  The Bearcats have been led by Jake Schannuth’s 19 points per game and Ethan Kirchhofer’s 10 a game.

Schannuth is an all round great player and the heart of Hermann’s team.  He is averaging 11 rebounds, 47 percent shooting, and 81 percent from the line.

Take nothing away from Hermann; they are a well-rounded and overall good team.  However, this will be the fourth week in a row they will have played three games in a week.  It helps they will be playing at home, but assuming they win their first game, Thursday night’s game is when they could be tested.

Which leads us to the fourth seed Chamois, who beat Hermann last Tuesday by three points.  Again, assuming both teams win their first game, Thursday night will be a very tough second round game for both teams.

Chamois has beaten both #1Hermann and #3New Haven within the last week.  Last year, this same team advanced to the elite eight in Missouri's  Class 1 state tournament.

Pictued right is Klayton Kuschel #42.

Chamois should not be under estimated being a fourth seed.  Their wins over Hermann and New Haven were no fluke.  Chamois can flat out play, led by a 6’7” forward, Klayton Kuschel, point guard Eli Strobel, and shooting guard, Clay Nolte.  Both Strobel and Nolte are good outside shooters, causing havoc on their opponents.  Forcing them to try and help inside on defense and keeping Nolte or Stobel from getting open looks.

St. James, the number two seed, has recently been hampered with injuries.  Their second leading scorer and a team leader on the court, Jake Harlan, suffered a season ending shoulder injury.  The initial injury occurred during football this past fall, they had hopped to make it through basketball before having surgery, but after eleven games there were no other options.  Since Harlan’s injury, St. James is 2-5 and 10-6 overall.

The Tigers still have three other guards averaging double figures, Jake Ford, Justin Lineback, and Jack Mueller, with Ford averaging three, three-pointers a game.

New Haven is seeded third and will have a chance at redemption in their first game against Warrenton, who unexpectedly beat New Haven before heading into Christmas Break.

The Shamrocks are currently 9-6 overall, led by their point-guard Ryan Menke’s 12 points a game.  While New Haven has struggled at times offensively, their defense has been consistent, holding teams to 34 points a game.  They have only had two games where a team has scored more than 40 points.

One team to keep an eye on Tuesday night is Montgomery County.  They finished second in the South Callaway Tournament and have improved over this season behind head Coach Adam Meyer.

The stage is set for a very exciting week of high school basketball and you can count on us to deliver complete coverage of this week’s tournament.