Southeast, SM East to battle for January Jam Title
Wichita Southeast entered the Valley Center January Jam as the No. 7 seed in the eight-team tournament.
After a 21-point rout over Ulysses in its opener, the Golden Buffaloes had Blue Valley West waiting in the semifinal game, and after a back-and-forth opening quarter, Southeast took down the Jaguars 68-66.
Now, Southeast will play for the tournament title.
Southeast’s Jackie Johnson showed off a few moves early as he got the ball at the elbow and drove past his man, into two other guys in the lane and hit the tough lay up.
Voshun Webb and Rone Smith also helped Southeast get an early lead in a game where every point is crucial. The Buffaloes brought a lot of energy to floor out of the gate Friday night.
West made it clear its plan was to get O’mar Stanley the ball as much as they could. Stanley towered over everyone else on the floor and the Jaguars exploited a mismatch when Johnson covered him in the post. Stanley hit the easy turnaround jumper.
West wanted to pound the post, but they didn’t do it effectively enough in the loss.
Shawnee Mission East’s Preston Reynolds started the game with two monster dunks against Garden City. Those helped set the tone for the Lancers in an easy 82-59 win in the semifinals of Valley Center’s January Jam.
The Buffaloes didn’t have an answer for anything SM East showed them, but Garden City was able to stay competitive early, trailing by only seven after the first quarter.
The Lancers were able to extend that lead to 34-24 at the half and Garden City never threatened again.
East has a huge size advantage over Garden City and that showed in the Lancers’ nine three-point attempts to the Buffaloes’ 23 attempts. Garden City made just eight of those.
The fourth quarter was when things got really ugly, as East poured it on the Buffaloes.
The Lancers pushed their lead to as many as 27 points before putting in the reserves with two minutes left to finish off the blowout.
Reynolds scores a game-high 20 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Nick Arensberg added 10 in the win. Will Townsend pulled down 13 rebounds for East.
Luke Tolbert led Garden City with 13 points on three long three-pointers. Isaiah Reyes scored 10 points in the loss.