Basketball state championship games in Missouri conclude Saturday with the Class 1, 2 and 3 finals played at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
Scott County Central (28-2) looks to secure its third straight state title behind Otto Porter, whose 34 point effort in the semifinal left him the state’s career leader in final four points.
In addition to his gaudy career point total, Porter also holds the Missouri state championship game record for rebounds with an astonishing total of 35 tallied last season. Even more impressive is the record remained in the family as his father, Otto Porter Sr., was the previous record holder.
Lethal from mid range, Porter is now the 11th-ranked small forward and 42nd-ranked player overall in the ESPNU 100. Even more impressive is he did it without ever playing AAU basketball.
Porter currently holds scholarship offers from Georgetown and Missouri with other major programs interested as well.
Scott County Central has reeled off 24 consecutive wins and has held at least a 30-point lead in each state playoff game.
A win would bring a second state title to Sikeston this season as Sikeston high school capped off an undefeated season with its own state title last weekend.
Dadeville, located about an hour northwest of Springfield, boasts a senior class with final four experience and more than 100 wins as a unit.
At 30-1, Dadeville knocked off previously undefeated La Plata in the semifinals to earn the championship birth.
The team is led by seniors Dakota Webb and Zach Medley who combine for nearly forty points per game. Both are in their third year as starters.
Missouri at a Glance - All Games CST
Saturday, March 19 @ Mizzou Arena and Hearnes Center - Columbia
Class 1 Finals
11:30 a.m. - Scott County Central vs. Dadeville
Class 3 Finals
3:10 p.m - Hogan Prep Academy Charter vs. Strafford
Class 2 Finals
6:50 p.m - Bernie vs. Crane