HIGHLAND — Throughout his high school career, the critics of East St. Louis' DeShawn Munson have sometimes questioned his attitude and work ethic.
But few have questioned Munson's playing ability.
On Saturday at the 22nd annual Highland Optimist-Scott Credit Union Basketball Shootout, Munson showed why.
In one of the best performances in the event's history, the 6-foot, 4-inch Munson recorded a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Flyers rolled to an 80-61 win over Madison (Wis.) Memorial in the marquee matchup at Highland High School.
Munson, who had seven dunks in a Flyers' win over Granite City on Friday, added seven steals and electrified the large turnout with five more dunks against one of the top teams in Wisconsin.
"That was impressive,'' Memorial coach Steve Collins said.
Munson, who has shined even more since taking over the point-guard duties under first-year coach Tony Young, was all smiles after leading his team to its 10th win in 16 games.
"It's just a matter of playing my game and helping the team improve and be successful,'' Munson said. "I took what was there tonight and the shots were falling."
On the receiving end of many of Munson's bullet-like passes, senior Johnny McCray scored 18 points to go with 10 rebounds. Daniel Williams added 14 points and seven rebounds.
Young, a former assistant at St. Louis University, said he didn't know Munson was a point guard when he took the job.
"I didn't know until I played against him (Munson) this summer,'' Young said. "DeShawn does a great job of seeing the floor and he's a great passer.
"He's a great player.''
Memorial, playing without Wisconsin all-state selection Brendon Ortiz (foot injury), trailed just 27-26 at halftime, before the Flyers dominated play in the second half.
"We've got to rebound better, but overall I was pleased,'' Young said. "This is a good group of kids and they're working hard to get better.''
Jester Weak led Memorial with 16 points.
Mater Dei 29, Marquette 28
The lowest-scoring game in the 22 years of the Highland Shootout didn't lack drama as Knights senior Adam Ether made two free throws with two seconds remaining to lift the Knights.
Trailing 28-23 entering the final period, the Knights scored four points in two minutes when Eric Vandeloo and Ben Lampe both hit short jumpers.
Marquette, coming off a loss to (Chicago) Hales Fransiscan in a shootout on Friday and clinging to a one-point lead, went into a delay.
The strategy didn't bother Knights coach Brian Perkes, whose team had seen an eight-point lead vanish in the final two minutes of a loss to Gibault on Friday.
"I didn't mind because after losing like we did on Friday, with all the emotion, we were gassed,'' Perkes said. "We talked about being able to bounce back after a tough loss and get it done.
"I'm not sure Marquette played all that well, but we've been on the other side of games like this. I was proud of the way we battled.''
Marquette (10-4) took nearly five minutes off the clock before guard Kesheon Young was fouled with 46 seconds left.
Young missed the front end of the one-and-one, setting the stage for Etter's game-winning free throws.
"In that situation, I was not thinking about anything but making those two free throws,'' Etter said. "It's all on you. Your teammates are counting on you.''
Etter led Mater Dei with 10 points, while Zach Deiters chipped in with nine on three 3-point baskets.
Highland 55, Roxana 40
Senior Mitch Carriger scored 11 of his 17 points in the final two quarters as the Bulldogs (11-6) rallied for the win in the final game of the day.
In the midst of their finest seasons in many years, the Shells (10-4) managed to stay with the Mississippi Valley Conference Bulldogs, taking a two-point lead early in the third quarter.
But 3-pointers from Carriger, Joe Duncan and Brock Portell midway through the third period got the Bulldogs back on track.
"I thought we were a little sluggish the first three minutes of the third quarter and then we hit a couple of jumpers from the perimeter and that kind of loosened up their defense a little bit,'' Highland coach Matt Elledge said. "I also thought our physicality was a difference in the second half.
"I think we wore them down.''
Chosen MVP of the game, Carriger led the way for Highland, while senior guard Austin McCloud added 11 points.
Hunter Reine, a 6-9 senior, and Jordan Briggs had 12 points apiece for Roxana.
Quincy Notre Dame 68, Highland 31
Back-to-back Class 2A state champions and ranked first in the Class 3A state poll, the Lady Raiders didn't take long to shake off the rust as they buried the Bulldogs with relentless pressure.
Notre Dame (12-0), forced 12 first-quarter turnovers and jumped out to an 18-10 lead.
Highland would get no closer the rest of the game.
"I thought that despite the fact that we had the long bus ride so early in the morning that we played pretty well. We didn't shoot it well early, but I was pleased at our defensive pressure,'' Lady Raiders coach Eric Orne said. "We like to create tempo and get up and down the floor. Our pressure and the ability to create turnovers allowed us to do that."
Chosen as the game's MVP, Kassidy Gengenbacher led the Notre Dame with 20 points while Cassidy Foley added 12.
University of Missouri recruit Jordan Frericks scored 10 points for the Lady Raiders.
Bailey Leitschuh scored six points to lead Highland.