The game had the makings of a big night for Andover Central. It was senior night, with two-thirds of their three headed monster in Easton Leedom and Braden Belt playing their final home regular season game. And if the pregame honors weren't enough, win over Maize South would clinch the AVCTL-II title for the Jags with three games to play.
Maize South didn't care, going on the road to hand Andover Central just their second loss of the year, 70-66.
The game started out as a back and forth game, with Jerome Washington and Xavier Bell scoring all 13 of the Jaguars first quarter points, and Kyle Belvin capping a 5-0 run to close the quarter with a buzzer beater at the rim for a 6 point Maverick lead.
In the second, the Jags returned the favor. Central scored the first 9 points of the quarter, holding Maize South to just 5 in taking a 3 point lead to the break.
In the second half, both teams got going on offense, with Trey Reid leading the charge for the Mavericks. Reid scored 13 of his 21 in the third with Maize South going back up by 3 with 8 to play.
But early in the 4th, Xavier Bell fouled out for Andover Central, and Maize South took full advantage, keeping their lead on the Jags before the four point win.
Kael Kordonowy had 21 for the Mavs to match Reid. Jerome Washington finished with 21 of his own to lead the way for Central, while Bell had 17 in the loss.
Andover Central will now try to bounce back and clinch the league title in their first of three road games to end the year at Valley Center Friday night. Maize South, who has lost just once since Christmas, will try to keep it going hosting Ark City.