For years the Cable Dahmer Shootout has served as an early season showcase for Kansas City area high school basketball.
For Oak Park’s Ochai Agbaji this year, it also served as a chance to show off.
Agbaji, a 6-foot-4 senior swingman, pumped in 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in leading the Northmen to a 55-52 overtime victory Dec. 16 against Blue Valley during the second day of the 13-game event at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo.
It was among the best individual performances at the event, formerly known as the Hy Vee Shootout.
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Agbaji, who is being pursued by UMKC and several other Division-I schools, made 11 of 23 shots from the field, including three three-pointers, and finished 10 for 12 from the free-throw line.
Last season, Agbaji averaged 23.1 points per game and he’s already well on his way to being the top scorer for Oak Park (5-2) again this season. He also had 35 points in the Northmen’s previous game, a 71-50 victory at home against Kearney.
Park Hill’s Ronnie Bell also had a standout performance, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Trojans from losing to Blue Valley North 38-37 in overtime.
Bell, who picked up the Simone Award as the Kansas City area’s top high school football player last week, finished with 23 points.
No one else was even close to double figures for Park Hill, which made only 10 of 44 shots in the loss.
Bishop Miege served notice during the Shootout’s first night that it still had two of the top teams in the metro.
The Stags’ girls forced 32 turnovers in routing Lee’s Summit North 71-35, while the Stags’ boys got 22 points from Ezekiel Lopes and 21 from Division-I prospect Jeremiah Robinson-Earl in a 76-51 win versus Lee’s Summit North.
During the second night’s marquee matchup, Lee’s Summit West, the reigning Class 5 state runner-up, overcame foul trouble for their big men and fended off defending Kansas Class 6A state champion Blue Valley Northwest 57-52.