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No. 3 Jr Michael Porter’s 31 Win MO State Title

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ESPN No. 3 ranked high school junior Michael Porter Jr. had a monster 31-point, 19-rebound double-double to lead Father Tolton Catholic (Columbia, MO) to the Missouri Class 3 state championship.

 

olton beat Barstow 62-60 to win the school’s first ever state crown, and become the first sate champ from Columbia since 1962.

 

Barstow, who captured the Missouri Class 3 title last year, was led by 6-7 Nebraska commit Jeriah Horne, who poured in 39 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

 

Down 11 with a minute remaining in the third period, Barstow crawled back to within 2 points with 33 seconds left in the March 12 game.

 

With 2.3 seconds left, Barstow’s Shea Rush was at the line with two shots that could tie the contest, but he missed both to seal the win for Tolton.

 

“This is nothing but joy,” Porter said to the Columbia Tribune on winning the state title. “We knew coming in it was going to be a tough game, but Coach told us he didn’t want to be there with any other players and neither did I. Those are some of my best friends and to be able to win a state championship with those guys is really something special.”

 

Porter, an explosive 6-9 forward, averaged 28 points last season at Tolton Catholic.

He has said that he wants to play college ball with No. 1 junior, 6-10 center DeAndre Ayton.

 

“I’ve been talking to my boy DeAndre [Ayton] and we both would like to play together in college,” Porter told USA Today.

 

What makes this even more interesting is that Porter has said in the past that he also wants to play on the same college team with good friend No. 20 jr. Trae Young, a 6-1 point guard at Norman North H.S. (Okla.)

 

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