Inside look at the 6A Boys State Tournament

Cox Channel Kansas will televise semifinal & finals of the 6A tourney in Wichita.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Mar 10, 2015

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6A Boys Tournament Schedule from Koch Arena in Wichita

Wednesday

#1 Wichita East vs #8 Maize - 3pm

#4 Olathe East vs. #5 Olathe North - 445 pm

#2 Lawrence vs. #7 Wichita South - 630 pm

#3 Derby vs. #6 Shawnee Mission North - 815 pm

Fridays Semifinals - Live on Cox Channel Kansas 22

1/8 vs 4/5 - 445 pm

2/7 vs 3/6 - 815 pm

Saturday

Third Place - 2 pm

Championship- 615  pm (Live on Cox Channel Kansas 22)

6A Tournament Field

Wichita East (21-1)

The Blue Aces won their first 18 games of the season before dropping their only game to fellow GWAL member Wichita Heights. Samajae Jones (17.3 ppg) and Zach Jackson (16.7 ppg) lead the team in scoring. Also look for KSU football commit, Xavier Kelley (12.8 ppg). The Aces best win came when they defeated Lawrence in late January by 11.

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Maize (14-8)

The Eagles are led by three players who average in double figures: Kysean Johnson (14.1 ppg), Matthew LeBegue (12.0 ppg) and Corlin Sandifer (11.3 ppg). Five of their eight losses came from teams in the state tournament. The first round against Wichita East will be just the seventh time they have met a 6A team this season.

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Olathe East (17-5)

The Hawks have won 10 out of their last 11 games this season. Two of their losses have came to out of state opponent (Barstow, Mo). Olathe East beat Olathe North in Sunflower League play on February 13th (54-51). Javion Blake leads OE in scoring averaging over 15 points per game, while three other Hawks score in double figures in 2014-2015.

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Olathe North (17-5)

North is coming off a very impressive sub-state victory over Blue Valley North (57-56). North will look to avenge their loss to Olathe East back in February. Juniors R.J. Smith (14 ppg) and Alonzo Williams (11 ppg) lead the Eagles in scoring. Also look for Mizzou football signee Josh Moore, an athletic big man standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 255 pounds.

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Lawrence (21-1)

The Chesty Lions have been nearly perfect this season, despite their loss to the #1 team in 6A Wichita East and went undefeated in Sunflower League play. LHS is back at state for the first time since 2008. Anthony Bonner and Justin Roberts form probably the best backcourt in Kansas. Bonner, an elite shooter that signed with Colorado State, averages around 20 points per game, while Roberts, also a proven scorer, provides vision and tempo that you just don’t see every day. Last 6a basketball title for Lawrence was in 1995.

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Wichita South (15-7)

Wichita South making first appearance at state since 2000, so hats off to the Titans for being here. Throw the seven losses away as they all came to opponents who will be in the state tournament. This ball club has been tested in the city league. Dawson Gunter (13 ppg) and Daron Lee (10 ppg) lead the team in scoring this season. Do they have what it takes to upset someone? They do have a nice win against Derby back in early January and are used to playing Lawrence caliber teams with Wichita East in the conference.

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Derby (18-4)

Derby has only lost to one 6A team this year, however they have only played 10 games against the classification. The Dodge City Tournament of Champions winner has won 12 out of their last 13 ball games. Their league probably didn’t test them as much as some of these other teams in the 6A tournament, but Derby is a very dangerous team with a lot of weapons. James Conley is one of 6A’s elite players as he leads the Panthers in scoring at 19 points per game. Aaron Nicholson has also proved he is one of the best guards in the Wichita area by averaging 12.5 points per game this season. Also look for Nyjee Wright and Keaton Steadman.

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Shawnee Mission North (15-7)

North got their first state tournament berth in 13 years with a 58-52 victory over Shawnee Mission West in the sub-state championship last Friday. The Indians have played seven games versus opponents from Missouri, losing two of those. They are capable of playing with anyone as they lost to #2 Lawrence by just four points in Sunflower League action. Look out for juniors Michael and Marcus Weathers who are capable of lighting up the scoreboard.