Blue Valley North ends Campus’ championship quest
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - A remarkable three-year campaign for the Campus Colts ends just short of the ultimate goal, a 6A state championship. The Colts seeing their hope for a title end after a tough game against Blue Valley North falling 67-59.
The atmosphere at Koch Arena made for an excellent basketball showcase. Having seen this opportunity stripped away a year ago, both teams entered the final game of the season with something to prove.
A sluggish start offensively would turn into a slugfest in the low scoring affair. Blue Valley North found comfort from long range early thanks to Luke Adams. The Mustang guard earned credit for all of their points from behind the arc.
Isaac Patterson was the leading scorer for BVN adding 19 on the night, followed by Nikko Taylor with 17 and Luke Adams with 14.
The Mustangs would try to exploit a size advantage early on that created foul trouble for Campus. Andrew Howard helped shoulder that weight for the Colts, scoring 6 points off the bench in the first half.
In his first appearance in the KSHSAA playoffs, Stevie Strong had been nothing short of excellent. The senior continued his farewell tour in the most important game of the season. Being a matchup nightmare for most teams, Strong created off the dribble and found a way to the free throw line eight times. Strong finished with a game-high 26.
Jayden Hall and Sterling Chapman also gave Campus a must needed boost in transition. The Colts outscored the Mustangs 12-4 in transition, while Blue Valley North found favor in the paint scoring 38 points down low. Hall finished with 12 while Chapman added 10 to the final tally.
Chapman will end his high school career as arguably one of the best players to ever wear a Campus uniform. His coach, Chris Davis describes him as an incredible talent, with even better character.
“His work ethic has rubbed off on everybody, he stays until the last man is gone.” Davis noted. “That has rubbed off on every player in our program,” he said.
Although the season ends in a second-place finish, Coach Davis says this team shouldn’t hang it’s head.
“This senior class will leave as the winningest team in that has ever played at Campus, they have meant the world to Campus, and have been absolute rock stars for our school,” he explained. “I am so proud of them, the investment they made to their teammates, to themselves, and to our program,” Davis finished.
Campus ends the 2020-2021 season 21-3.
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