The second day of the Vianney Invitational featured the final two games to cap off the first round of tournament play. 

The first game was an entertaining contest between two well coached teams, Whitfield and 2019 Class 3 Sectional Champion, Trinity Catholic. The young Whitfield team trailed 32-20 at the half before turning up the defensive intensity and outscoring the Titans 27-7 in the third. The Warriors were bolstered in the third quarter by the playmaking of freshman Jorden Williams and the outside shooting of senior Max Holton. The run gave Whitfield a 47-39 advantage heading to start the fourth period.

During the final period, it was time for the senior leaders for the Titans to step up. The Titans came out energized. They tightened up their defensive effort and, with point guard Rashad Weekly-McDaniels (Central Michigan) at the helm, they released a salvo of baskets many of which were capitalizing on Whitfield turnovers. They outscored the Warriors 28-12 during the quarter with Ryan Kalkbrenner (Creighton) and Zach Patterson combining for 17 points. Trinity ended the game on top 67-59 and with four players scoring in double digits. 

In the second game of the evening, the Pattonville Pirates faced off against the Hazelwood East Spartans. Hazelwood East jumped out to an 18-12 first quarter lead and never looked back. For the Spartans, 2020 F Torhez Simms had 17 points and 2020 G Chris Rose added 12 points. The Pirates were led by 2021 G Levi Banks with 13 points and 2022 Kellen Thames adding 15 points.

TOP PERFORMERS 
2023 5-9 Kellen Rhimes - Pattonville
– The freshman point guard came off the bench and saw plenty of action from that point forward and for good reason. Rhimes already has the solid ball handling, speed and strength to compete at the varsity level.  He exhibits the confidence of an upperclassmen and did a nice job with his ball handling duties and assisting a Pirates team lacking in point guard depth. 

2023 5-10 Jorden Williams - Whitfield – The freshman guard seemed unfazed in his role as the starting point guard facing off against last year’s Class 3 Sectional champion. Williams is a scoring point guard who does a good job balancing his scoring with setting up his teammates. He was particularly effective on penetrating to draw defenders and kicking out to open shooters. Jorden put his team on his back exploding for 17 points in the second half in route to a game high 26 points. With his skill set and scoring ability, he will definitely be one to watch but will need to add more strength and mass to his thin frame. 

2020 6-11 Ryan Kalkbrenner - Trinity – At 6-11, the senior center is going to be the central focus of the defense of most teams. Kalkbrenner didn’t come out the gate looking for a knockout punch. He began the game patiently picking his spots, although he did have a couple of nice over the top finishes in the opening quarter. The Warriors did a good job of collapsing on the big man in the low post area through the second and third quarter. However, in the final quarter, Kalkbrenner was a lot more active without the ball and had some big time finishes as defenders lost sight of him. Ryan finished the game with 18 points finishing 7 of 8 from the field and 4 of 4 from the foul line. He also collected 9 rebounds. 

2020 5-11 Max Holton - Whitfield – The senior guard got hot in the second half. Holton scored a total of 15 points connecting on five three-point field goals. All fifteen points were scored in the second half including 12 third quarter points. 

2021 6-0 Levi Banks - Hazelwood East – Banks is a tough competitor. The sophomore guard was effective getting in the lane and attacking the basket. Banks is an aggressive slasher and was difficult to contain due to his ball quickness and ability to quickly change direction and speed. He was also able to nail some jump shots in the lane. 

2022 6-3 Kellen Thames - Pattonville – The sophomore shooting guard scored a team high 15 points. He has a quick first step and uses his speed, body control and athleticism to make some nice slashing moves. He will still need to add some strength and size to aid him in finishing through contact, but he definitely has a portfolio of next level finishing moves particularly in transition. Coaches also have to love that motor.  

2020 6-0 Rashad Weekly - Trinity – Weekly is the type of point guard you want to have in your lineup when the game is on the line. Rashad is a cerebral guard that is going to figure out ways to be effective and pull out the win. The lead guard has ball quickness, slick passes and can consistently knock down shots all over the court. When the game was on the line, Rashad had a clear idea of the abilities of his personnel and distributed the ball accordingly. In sum, he put the ball in the hands of the right players at the right time and in the right spot on the court for them to be successful. Rashad finished the contest with 13 points.   

2020 6-5 Jeremiah Jones - Trinity – The senior forward did his damage on the offensive board. Jones attacked the glass collecting 11 rebounds and finishing with 12 points. Jones also stepped up to take four charges that to aid in the defensive effort of his team. 

2020 6-0 Zach Patterson - Trinity – The senior guard scored seven of his twelve total points during the crucial fourth quarter run. During the quarter, Patterson was able to get two 3FG to fall which opened up the lane and allowed Kalkbrenner a little more breathing room to work inside. 

2020 6-3 Torhez Simms - Hazelwood East - The senior forward scored a team high 17 points. Simms knocked down a pair of threes and scored several easy transition baskets off tip outs and deflections. He was also successfully attacked the basket to add to his point total. 

2020 6-3 Chris Rose - Hazelwood East – Rose is a strong guard that did a great job of attacking the rim. Rose is physical on both sides of the ball and is not at all bothered by the occasional bump in route to the basket. Rose scored 12 points. 

Results
Vianney-60 vs Hazelwood Central-70  
St. Mary's-76 vs University City-82  
Whitfield-59 vs Trinity-67  
Pattonville-57 vs Hazelwood East-73