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A look at the Class 3A boys tournament

Published March 5 at 1:10 p.m. | Last updated March 5 at 1:11 p.m.

At Hutchinson Sports Arena

Thursday’s Quarterfinals

3 p.m.: Pittsburg Colgan vs. Scott City

No. 7 Pittsburg Colgan (17-5) — Colgan is making itself quite comfortable in the higher class level. The Panthers are in their second year of competing as a 3A school and are making a second trip to Hutchinson. This is Colgan’s 17th appearance at state in 18 years. Senior 6-foot-4 forward Dyson Dechant is a force with 18.6 points and 8.1 rebounds

No. 2 Scott City (22-1) — The Beavers will be going for their third straight Class 3A title. Scott City won the 3A football championship in the fall and have followed it with a solid basketball season, its only loss to Wichita North in the semifinals at Dodge City. Drew Kite averages a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Brett O’Neil adds 12 points and eight assists.

4:45: Wichita Independent vs. Nemaha Valley

No. 6 Wichita Independent (18-5) — Following an 11-point loss to rival Trinity Academy on the final night of the regular season, Independent bounced back to drop Belle Plaine, Douglass and Remington to qualify for state. The Panthers average 11.9 steals. Senior Brice Dean leads the way with nearly 20 points, five assists and five steals.

No. 3 Nemaha Valley (22-1) — The state runner-up a year ago, Nemaha Valley returns a strong arsenal to the tournament. Creighton Brinker paces the team as a 6-foot-6 senior forward with 14.9 points and seven rebounds. Senior Trent Olberding follows with 12.6 points. Nemaha Valley knocked off undefeated Atchison County 64-48 to qualify for state.

6:30: Sacred Heart vs. Humboldt

No. 8 Sacred Heart (15-8) —The Knights bounced back from a 10-12 record last year. Sacred Heart is on a four-game win streak with the last one being a 49-46 victory over Haven in the sub-state championship. Sacred Heart uses a balanced offensive attack led by junior Tate Richards, who averages 11.4 points.

No. 1 Humboldt (23-0) — The Cubs were able to hold on to their perfect record and make the state roster by holding off Eureka 59-58 in the sub-state title game. It was the only one-point game they had to endure all season. Seniors Noah Thornbrugh and Tanner McNutt are Humboldt’s leading scorers at 16.3 and 15.3 points.

8:15: Silver Lake vs. Beloit

No. 5 Silver Lake (20-2) — It has been 21 years since Silver Lake last qualified for state. Known more for the school’s football and baseball programs, the Eagles reached the state tournament by beating Osage City 46-43 in their sub-state championship Saturday. Senior Tyler Brown, who averages a double-double, scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Saturday.

No. 4 Beloit (21-2) — Beloit returns to state for a second straight time after making their way through a tough sub-state, knocking off Phillipsburg 65-58 in the championship game. The Trojans are on a nine-game win streak. Star senior forward Austin Budke averages 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds. Senior guard Payton Vetter adds another 15 points.

Friday’s semifinals

Colgan-Scott City winner vs. Independent-Nemaha Valley winner, 4:45 p.m.

Sacred Heart-Humboldt winner vs. Silver Lake-Beloit winner, 8:15

Saturday’s Finals

Third place game, 2 p.m.

Championship, 6:15

Joanna Chadwick’s pick

Scott City over Beloit