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Highland Park Bests Hutchinson for 3rd Place at 5A State Tournament

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By: Mac Moore, KSHSAA Covered

 

EMPORIA, Kan. (KSHSAA COVERED) Highland Park coach Mike Williams had his coach’s clipboard close-by throughout the Class 5A boys basketball third-place game, but he did not use it to draw up plays.

He wrote a handful of strategies and talking points that he never erased for Xs and Os in this one. The top line was really all the direction his Scots needed in this one: “STAY AGGRESSIVE.”

Looking to finish the season on a high note after their state title hopes slipped away in the closing minutes, and seconds, of a 1-point loss in the state semifinals, Highland Park stayed aggressive for 32 minutes of their 79-46 victory over Hutchinson in the consolation final.

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Senior Jahmir Kingcannon scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, to go along with five rebounds and a block. Seniors Tre Richardson and Ketraleus Aldridge combined for another 30 points to outscore the Salthawks with just that trio.

Eight other Scots scored in the game, including Jacorey Robinson and Tamir Anderson with 6 points each.

Hutchinson sophomore Terrell King led his team with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.