Andover opens postseason with win over KMC
ANDOVER, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - When the 2020 season was abruptly cancelled in the middle of state basketball, Kapaun Mt. Carmel and Andover were both among the final four teams in Class 5A.
This season, the two met to open the playoffs, and Andover got the best of the Crusaders to keep their championship hopes alive. The Trojans steadily increased their lead each quarter, pulling away after a back and forth start for a 74-62 home win Wednesday night.
Jack Johnson scored 32 to lead Andover, who now sits at 19-2 on the season overall, with 17 of those points coming at the free throw line.
After both teams were going bucket for bucket for much of the first, Johnson grabbed an offensive rebound and hit an off balance put back while getting fouled to get it to a two possession game to close the quarter, a play that seemed to give Andover momentum to build off of the rest of the way.
The second went much like the first, the teams matching each other but Kapaun was never able to get it closer than a three point game. Another play at the horn, this a coast to coast bucket from Kaleb Gaddis extended the lead to 7 at the break. Kapaun scored the first five of the second half to cut it back to two, but that was as close as it would get for the Crusaders who end their season with a 15-6 mark.
In addition to Johnson’s game best 32, BJ Redic added 13 and Isaiah Maikori 9. Grant Johnson scored 20 to pace the Crusaders, while Blake Danitschek and Henry Thengvall each finished with 11.
Andover’s tough road to return to state continues on the road Saturday with a trip to Bishop Carroll. The Golden Eagles beat Ark City in a rout, 64-33, Wednesday night to advance--their 16th straight win. The two teams will enter the sub-state final with a combined 37-4 mark.
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