DeLaSalle's Travis scores classic-best 34 to lead team
DeLaSalle standout Reid Travis arrived to the gym nearly two hours before his team got on the bus Thursday to leave for this weekend's Mike Miller Classic.
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound junior was working on his game to prepare for Friday's game against Our Savior New American and today's matchup against White River.
"That in itself tells you what kind of kid he is," said DeLaSalle coach Dave Thorson, whose team is based in Minneapolis. "... He's a joy to coach and I don't have enough good things to say about him."
With dunks, inside moves and even outside shooting, Travis scored a game-high 34 points and lifted DeLaSalle past Our Savior New American 72-62 Thursday at Mitchell's Corn Palace. Travis' 34 points were the highest single-game total of any player through the first two days of the Miller classic.
It was the second straight year the highly recruited forward played in front of the Mitchell crowd at the Miller classic. This year, he got a visit after the game from Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles.
Travis scored 15 points in the first half. The one that got the biggest reaction was a swift move through the paint past a defender that finished with a powerful dunk.
He had another dunk early in the second half.
"Trying to do that with the crowd out there and the big stage," said Travis, who is getting recruited by multiple NCAA Division I schools such as Minnesota, Southern California, Boston College and Iowa State just to name a few. "The atmosphere was great. It was great to play Our Savior, a team coming in from out of town."
DeLaSalle led by as many as 16 points midway through the second half. Travis got his 30th point at the 7:02 mark and his teammates helped finish things from there.
"Coming into this game he's averaging 30 points and 10 rebounds and shooting 74 percent from the floor," Thorson said. "I don't think he damaged those statistics at all."
Luke Scott hit four 3-pointers and finished with 15 points for DeLaSalle, which won the Minnesota 3A state championship last year. DeLaSalle shot 54 percent from the field and finished with seven turnovers to Our Savior New American's 17.
Our Savior New American, a team from Centereach, N.Y., got 25 points and 13 rebounds from Cheick Diallo and Miachel Nzei had 21 points and eight rebounds. The team had 35 rebounds to DeLaSalle's 23 and shot 47 percent from the field.
DeLaSalle plays White River at 7 p.m. today, while Our Savior New American plays Pierre at 8:30 p.m. today in the final game of the classic.