Campus keeps state title hopes alive, buries Free State late

Published: Mar. 11, 2021 at 10:04 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - In one of their lowest scoring games in recent years, the Campus Colts found a way to advance to the 6A State Championship game after topping Lawrence Free State 42-37.

As the Colts celebrated the hard-fought win in the middle of the floor, senior standout Sterling Chapman motioned to his team that they still had one more game before a celebration was warranted. Chapman’s dunk in the second half put the Colts ahead after jumping out to a lead early in the first quarter.

Mar 11, 2021; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a 6A state semifinal contest between Campus and...
Mar 11, 2021; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a 6A state semifinal contest between Campus and Lawrence Free State ©KellyRoss(©KellyRoss)

Chapman controlled the pace for the Colts, matching wits with Free-State’s Mozae Downing Rivers over the course of the game. The pair understanding the importance of the game, left little to chance, scoring most of their teams points themselves.

Campus was unable to get into a rhythm after starting the game fast. Miscues left the Colts without points while the Firebirds used them as opportunities to pull ahead.

Free State owned the second chance points category, outscoring the Colts 12-6 courtesy of offensive rebounds as opposed to Campus who would win the transition battle 20-3.

Neither team let the game get out of striking distance. Ultimately late game free throws from Sterling Chapman and Christopher Martin helped ice the game and send Campus to the final game.

Sterling Chapman scored a game-high 20 points on the night, tallying 14 after halftime. Stevie Strong would follow suit with 10 for Campus/

Mozae Downing Rivers paced the Firebirds scoring 10 followed by Cooper Jackson with 7.

With the win, Campus advances to its first state championship game in more than three decades.

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