Campus survives Derby, returns to state for the first time since 1996

HAYSVILLLE, Kan. - Campus beat Derby at home in the 6a substate final, 69-58, to advance to the state tournament for the first time since 1996.

"I'm proud of our kids, it's been a work in progress and we just trusted the process," said Campus head coach Chris Davis.

The Colts beat Derby three times this season, and with the win, they move on to a perfect 23-0 on the season.

"This season has been everything to us, we've been striving on it since the summer," said senior guard Steele Chapman. "We came together as a team with our coaches and it's all coming true."

A three from Tre Washington gave Derby a 12-8 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter, but a 10-0 run from the Colts allowed them to regain an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

After back to back treys from Tre Washington and Ladell Clemons, Derby cut the Campus lead to 22-18 with under five left to play in the half.

Campus went into half with a 27-25 lead after Jayden Hall sunk a three in the final minute of the second quarter to give the Colts the lead going into intermission.

With 4:50 left to play in the third quarter, Tre Washington went the length of the floor for a lay up to give the Panthers a 32-31 lead.

But the momentum shifted with two minutes left in the third quarter after a Derby turnover led to a breakaway dunk from Thomas King, giving the Colts a 40-34 lead.

Campus was able to hold on to the momentum through the fourth quarter, and come out on top over the Panthers for the third time this season.

Campus will be the one seed at state and play Manhattan on Thursday.

Derby ended their season with a 14-8 record.