COLUMBUS - The Lions entered the Kansas 4A Division II sub-state tournament last Friday in Columbus as the #1 seed, with a 15-5 record. They defeated #4 Columbus (4-16) 60-47. In the championship match up on Saturday they lost to #3 Parsons (14-6).

Max Sheffer started the Lions scoring with Columbus, then Patrick Cassidy hit a NBA three. The Lions led 6-3 after Trey White’s floater, and Blake Thiessen’s basket. Cassidy hit another trey to tie the game. White scored. Sheffer scored on put back. Coltin Laurance had his own put back for the Titans. Sheffer did another put back, and the Lions led 12-8. Sam Woolever after a rebound scored for Columbus. White made good on another floater, and Preston Landis ended the quarter 16-10 on a reverse lay-up.

Laurance and Tommy Shallenburger started the second period with field goals for the Titans. After Landis’ field goal with 4:35 left, Cassidy brought the Titans trailing 16-18. Baxter Springs went on a 10-2 run to go into the half up 28-20.

Columbus closed the gap with Austin Lagle and Laurance baskets. With three minutes gone in the third, White hit a trey. With Lagle with three fouls and sitting on the bench, Woolever went to the bench with his third foul. Baxter Springs then went into the final period up 42-28.

The Titans came back in the final quarter down 35-44. Lagle scored on a reverse lay-up, Grayson Walden hit two free throws, and Cassidy added another triple. Columbus managed only 12 points the remainder of the game, and the Lions added 16.

Sheffer ate the boards with 10 rebounds, and scored underneath nine points. White finished with 21 points, and Landis with 20. Brant Trease added six points from his quarterback point guard position. Sophomore Cassidy led the Titans with three 3-pointers for 13 points. Laurance finished with 12.

Parsons 74 Baxter Springs 67

After defeating #2 Galena (15-5) 55-42 on Friday, #3 Parsons (14-6) faced Baxter Springs on Saturday for the right to move on to Emporia for the state tournament.

The Vikings and the Lions started the game even at 4-4 after Sheffer’s two baskets. Parsons then started a 8-0 run until Trease connected on two free throws, and Landis scored. Sheffer and White brought the Lions down at the end 12-15.

Sheffer again scored underneath off the glass for a Lion lead 16-15. The two teams quickly traded scoring for the next forty five seconds with game knotted at 20. The Vikings DaQuan Johnson made good a on a two plus one. Sheffer answered back with a great move on the glass, and White retook the the lead 24-23 with his jumper. Patrick Loadholtz made two free throws for Parsons , and Thiessen connected on a 3-pointer. The Vikings retook the lead 28-27 on Ezekiel Lyons’ trey. Baxter Springs ended the half up 32-28 on White’s trey.

It was Lyons for the Vikings next nine points as he had a three and a couple of lay-ups to begin the third quarter. Landis on a reverse put the Lions down 34-35. Parsons then ripped off nine straight points. Baxter Springs fought back to get back into the game with two 3-pointers from White, one from Thiessen, and a field goal by Trease. Parsons wasn’t stopped on defense, and they commanded a 53-45 lead to go into the fourth.

Baxter Springs played the fourth period from behind, and couldn’t stop the speed and the street ball style of Parsons. The closest the Lions got was 55-50 after another White trey.

White, in the fourth, scored 15 points of his total of 30. He finished with 51 points for the two sub-state games. Sheffer had a double-double in the first half with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Max finished with 16 boards and 14 points. Landis finished with 11 points. Trease and Thiessen each added six points.