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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Pioneers get runner-up in home tournament

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  • The Leavenworth High School boys basketball team finished second in the Citizens National Bank Tournament after losing 64-53 to Raytown South on Saturday at LHS. “I don’t want to say I’m happy to get second, but there are six other teams that wished they got second,” LHS head coach Larry Hogan said. The Pioneers led 31-23 at halftime, but had just a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter. “We could have been up more than that, but we didn’t finish plays,” Hogan said. “Because of that, I think we really opened the door.” The Pioneers beat North Kansas City and KC Washington by a combined 23 points in the first two rounds. Senior Cameron Wiggins scored 26 points in each of those games. He knocked in 33 points in Saturday's championship game, but went scoreless in the fourth quarter. “They turned up the defensive pressure and we just flat didn’t handle it real well,” Hogan said. “They really got after Cameron. Their goal was to not allow him to get touches, which is what I expect to see all year as we go along.” Wiggins made the all-tournament team, along with sophomore Dominique Miller, who combined to score 27 in the last two tournament games. “He’s really shown us a lot of promise,” Hogan said. LHS plays Friday at Bishop Miege before holiday break. “We really need to go to Miege and play well,” Hogan said. “It’s a tough place to play.” The Stags have played one game, a 71-39 loss to Blue Valley Northwest. “The issue with that is that Blue Valley Northwest is the returning 6A state champions,” Hogan said “And, they return just about everybody.” Hogan said there may not be much he can learn about the Stags because of the lack of film. The Pioneers beat Bishop Miege, 60-54, at home last season. Hogan said his team needs to finish more plays and get post players involved. “We need to get some easier buckets around the basket with some of our big kids,” he said. Senior Collin Anderson, junior Jacob Boyce and sophomore Avery Bartlett have been in the mix for minutes in the post. Hogan said they need more experience. “Each one of them has missed opportunities to score where we just missed some easy shots,” Hogan said. “It’s still a little bit of inexperience, I think.”

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