A rematch of last year’s Class 6A third-place state tournament game was confirmed Thursday when Shawnee Mission East methodically took apart Bishop Carroll in the second game of the 50th annual McPherson Invitational.
East, while maybe not possessing the spectacular individual talent of last year when it lost to McPherson in the tourney finals, dissected Carroll 52-36 to set up a rematch with Derby in Friday’s Invitational semifinals.
Derby won last year’s state game 62-57, so maybe it’s time for some payback for the Lancers. The Panthers certainly grabbed some attention with their 95-90 double-overtime win over Blue Valley West in the tourney's lidlifter.
"I know we can't give up 95 points tomorrow night," Shawnee Mission East coach Shawn Hair said. "We give up 95 points and my assistants will be coaching."
Shawnee Mission East, now 8-2, used a 14-3 second-quarter advantage to lead 27-12 at the half. Carroll never made a serious second-half run.
Joey Wentz led the balanced Lancers with 13 points, while Lucas Jones and reserve Jay Guastello scored 12 apiece, with Guastello draining 4 of 5 3-pointers.
"The first three quarters were great, probably the best three quarters we've put together back-to-back-to back this year," Hair said. "Our kids are unselfish. We don't have any superstars, we've got a bunch of good kids who play well together. We were good defensively. If you want to win this tournament, if you want to be in the hunt, you had better be good defensively."
Of the 20 baskets East converted, 17 came directly off assists. Its defense was stellar, as Carroll was just 5 of 16 and turned it over nine times.
Matt Price was nearly half of the Golden Eagles' offense with 17 points.