CLAFLIN, Kan.--- Haven boys’ basketball is well-known for its 1-3-1 defense, a look that is not run by many squads.
Haven defeated Central Plains 48-24 in Claflin on Friday, December 20, 2019. (Photo: Everett Royer, www.ksportsimages.com)
“Kind of like a tradition,” Wildcat senior Wyatt Carmichael said.
Haven has opened 6-0. On Friday, the Wildcats scored the game’s first 17 points and rolled over Claflin-Central Plains, 48-24. Haven led 21-2 after the first quarter.
“Our 1-3-1 has just been vicious this year, and I am really proud of our guys, and everybody’s stepping up and playing some great defense right now,” Carmichael said.
The 6-foot-3 Carmichael finished with a game-high 18 points. With 6 minutes, 10 seconds left, Carmichael delivered a dunk. He jumped, collected the ball off the glass for an offensive rebound and slammed it for a 47-17 advantage. Haven had an extensive summer league schedule, and Carmichael said the play “happened a lot.” Carmichael always laid it in and had never dunked in a game.
“All my teammates got mad at me,” Carmichael said “So I figured I might as well give the fans and everybody here that (made) this drive to Central Plains a show, so I figured I might as well just slam it home. So it was a fun one.”
Last season, Haven opened 3-3 with losses to Hutchinson Trinity (67-65), Kingman (51-45) and Central Plains (51-35). In the summer, Haven played several bigger schools and split with McPherson, a 5A traditional power.
As well, the Wildcats defeated Newton. Ty Berry, a Northwestern commit who has transferred to Sunrise Christian Academy, was still on Newton’s roster. Haven graduated five seniors, though returned multiple players who had significant experience.
“Kids just kept growing in confidence,” coach Lonnie Paramore said.
Haven has flipped all three results with a 62-60 win versus Trinity, 55-49 versus Kingman and Friday’s victory.
“We played with a lot of aggression, we hit the glass hard,” Paramore said. “We try to play with a lot of energy in the full court and in the half court defense.”
Central Plains is back-to-back state champions, though suffered heavy graduation losses. In addition to Carmichael, junior Zane Jacques had 12 points, and junior Darby Roper tallied 10.
“The keys are just communication,” Carmichael said of the 1-3-1. “We’ve really got to talk every time that we are out there. If you hear us, we are screaming every time – telling everybody where everybody is at.”