Andover Central's "Big Three" combine for 67 points in quarterfinal win

EMPORIA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Andover Central's "Big Three" of Xavier Bell, Braden Belt, and Easton Leedom combined for 67 of the team's 78 points in the 78-61 win over Pittsburg Thursday.

Bell, who led the team with 28 points, said their chemistry is second to none.

"We came in with enough confidence and we've been playing together so it's always just been real easy to find and click together," he said.

Belt added 22 points to the total. He said the trio is hard to defend.

"When we just play together, it's really hard to stop one of us," Belt said. "They can put two guys on one of them and somebody's going to be left open."

The Jaguars used their defense to propel their offense early. Andover Central forced 14 turnovers and grabbed nine steals. Bell said the unfamiliar opponent was unable to prepare for their style.

"We know we're capable of taking state, and I say that boldly because we put in the work," Bell said. "I feel like we knew that with enough confidence to do what we had to do."

Friday, the Jaguars will face a familiar opponent in Maize. The two league rivals did not face off this year in the regular season, but the Central stars say this semifinal matchup will be the actual "state title game."

"This is the game of the year, any class, any state game, this game right here," Leedom said."

Bell said if the team wants to be the best in the state, they'll have to take down the best, which is currently the top-seeded Eagles.

"I think it will be a good battle between both of us," he said. "It will be tough, but we'll definitely come out and compete. I feel like we just need to do what we we're capable of doing and we'll be fine."