Must-see TV: Paulson takes top honors of Kaminsky Classic performers

Jan. 6—Will Paulson and the Vikings of Francis Howell took down Poplar Bluff on Saturday in the championship of the Kaminsky Classic 68-42.

Paulson recorded his second double-double of the tournament with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

For a second straight game, he out-dueled the big man opposite him. Paulson's 22 points and 14 rebounds on Friday edged Leo Gayman of William Chrisman's 11 points and 13 rebounds. Francis Howell won that game 59-47.

Paulson totaled 61 points (second most) in the tournament and 31 rebounds.

On Saturday, he was going against Preston Moore, who had collected 17 rebounds through two games to go along with 29 points. Moore was held to just 9 points and five rebounds in the title game.

Therefore, Paulson earns the "Must-see TV" Kaminsky Classic MVP award. His double-double average of 20 ppg and 10 rpg to lead Howell to a championship can't be denied of top honors.

Rounding out the all-tournament team will be Leo Gayman (William Chrisman), Barron Duda (Webb City), Trey Taylor (William Chrisman) and Moore (Poplar Bluff).

Gayman tallied a massive 57 points and 58 rebounds throughout three games for an average of 19 ppg and just over 19 rpg. He was the only player in the tournament to get a double-double in each game with 23 and 23 on Day 1, 11 and 13 on Day 2, and 23 and 22 in the third-place game.

The Bears of William Chrisman did win third place on Saturday over Union (St. Louis) 55-35.

Duda's case is plain and simple. He was the highest-scoring player throughout the tournament with 64 points and had 30 in one game. He didn't collect a lot of other stats but did come away with four steals in an opening round loss to William Chrisman. The next two days he got seven rebounds in a win over Carl Junction and four more in the win over Joplin.

Taylor totaled 57 points in three games and didn't have to do much in the third game. Chrisman rolled to a 20-point win and Gayman did the bulk of the team's scoring. Taylor picked up 10 points and added four assists to total 11 assists on the tournament.

Moore struggled in the championship game but really powered his team to that spot and deserves to be a part of the Must-see TV all-tournament team. He totaled 38 points and 22 rebounds through three games.

I also want to recognize three players as honorable mention. Those players are Collis Jones (Joplin), Holton Keith (Webb City) and DeAnthony McJames (Francis Howell).

After struggling to just 5 points in Game 1 on Thursday, Jones tallied 16 in each of the next two games for a total of 37 for the tournament. His double-double on Saturday with 11 rebounds was the big game for Jones.

Keith started strong with 17 points on Thursday and 16 more on Friday. He entered Saturday with 33 total points and 11 rebounds for the tournament but only managed 5 more points and two more rebounds for 38 and 13.

McJames was on fire from deep, making 6 out of 9 3-pointers on his way to 32 points through two games. McJames was pretty quiet in Howell's championship win with just 8 points and no more treys. He still totaled 40 points for the tournament.