WICHITA, Kan.—The final week of the regular season is upon us. Catch how your team kicked off the last Tuesday in the Tuesday Boys Basketball Catch-All.
Wichita East needed a Wichita Heights loss, and a win to keep a share of the GWAL title alive, but Heights won sole possession of the league championship with a convincing 77-44 thumping of Wichita South.
While the East dream of a league title is gone, the Blue Aces took care of business against Wichita Northwest in a 58-45 win and a second place finish in the City League. Jalen Love led East with 15 points and Ja’ln Williams added 13. Nathan Jackson chipped in 10 points for the Blue Aces. Spenser Gales had a 16-point game for the Grizzlies and Craig Nicholson scored 12.
Kapaun and Wichita North went down to the wire with the Crusaders doing just enough to nip the Redskins 58-56. Connor Frankamp put up 23 points for North, however Kapaun spread the scoring around with Nick Cook’s 18 points leading the way. Keaton Lewis and Michael Martin scored 13 points each for the Crusaders in the win.
Wichita Southeast had two players with double-doubles in an 83-67 win over Wichita West. Hayden Harris led the Golden Buffaloes with 22 points and added 11 rebounds to the cause. Gavin Thurman ended with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Southeast. Not far behind in the scoring was Reggie Williams with 17. The Pioneers had a few star performances with Dorian Flournoy leading the way with 20 points. Chris Banks and Daylin Thomas scored 11 points each for West while Devion Griffin added 10.
AVCTL Div. I
Salina Central wrapped up a Div. I title with a 61-47 win over Hutchinson.
Campus used a 26-point night from Brett Thomas to beat Newton 56-45. Campus started to pull away in the second quarter, outscoring the Railers 14-10, and gained breathing room in every quarter after. Newton was led by Kyle Preston with 14 points and Jensen Kingsley added 12.
Maize got a battle from Salina South, but the Eagles prevailed 59-54 over the Cougars.
AVCTL Div. II
McPherson sealed up a league title with a dominating 59-34 win over Valley Center. The Hornets outscored McPherson 22-20 in the first and third quarters combined, but the Bulldogs exploded at the end of both halves. McPherson outscored Valley Center 39-12 in the second and fourth quarters. Christian Ulsaker led the Bulldogs with 19 points and Jack Pyle chipped in 18. Dylan McCullough led the Hornets with 11 points.
Andover Central outlasted Goddard 58-51 and Andover smoked Arkansas City 64-41.
AVCTL Div. III
With a shot at a league title on the line, Buhler picked up a 48-46 win over Rose Hill. The Rockets had a chance at a long three at the buzzer, but the shot came up short. Buhler takes on Mulvane on Thursday. In the first meeting between Buhler and Mulvane, it took the Crusaders three overtimes to get a 70-66 win. Rose Hill will take on Augusta.
Augusta beat El Dorado 55-38 with a 19-point game from Travis Erwin. Connor Carman was right on Erwin’s heels with a 17-point night of his own.
Winfield beat Mulvane 57-44.
AVCTL Div. IV
Thursday is shaping up to be a huge night for Div. IV. After a 57-32 win for Circle over Maize South, and a 75-66 Collegiate win over Wellington, the Thunderbirds and Spartans will clash Thursday for a league championship. With a Collegiate win over Circle, the teams would tie. Circle would win outright with a win.
Collegiate had a stellar performance from Riley Kemmer who scored 24 for the Spartans. Trace Clark added 13 points and Doug Burton added 12. Trey Vargas went off for the Crusaders with 29 points, and Levi Gurley scored 11 for Wellington.
Andale beat Clearwater 52-26.
Smoky Valley has yet to lose to a Central Kansas League opponent after a 54-45 win over Hesston. Seth Nelson accounted for 27 of the Vikings points in the win over the Swathers. Taylor Redding led Hesston with 11 points and Jesse Voth-Gaeddert picked up 10.
Halstead had no problem with Pratt, outscoring the Greenbacks 28-10 in the second half to get a 45-28 win. Simon McKee led the Dragons with 18 points, and Matt Swank carried Pratt with 13.
Haven picked up a narrow 59-51 win over Hillsboro and Kingman got the best of Nickerson 54-43.
Sean Osler went for 28 points in a 54-39 win for Cheney over Garden Plain to stay undefeated in the Central Plains League. Hunter Bolinger added 11 points for the Cardinals. Garden Plain was led by Chris Sponsel with 11 points.
Conway Springs nearly blew a 21-10 halftime lead after being outscored by Wichita Trinity 17-6 in the third quarter. But the Cardinals picked it up in the fourth quarter to get a 36-34 win. John Dohm led Trinity with 17 points, but it wasn’t enough to get the Knights a win. Matt Seiwert led Conway Springs with 10 points.
Douglass beat Bluestem 68-49.