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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Blue Aces burn out Pioneers by 28

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  • The Wichita East Blue Aces shot the ball so well for the first 13 minutes of the game that it was joked that they caused a fire alarm at United Wireless Arena to go off because of all the heat coming off the cotton nets. The Blue Aces scored eight points in the first 45 seconds and never let off on the way to a 75-47 victory over the Leavenworth Pioneers in a first-round game of the 71st Tournament of Champions. Xavier Kelly recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Zach Jackson added 11 in the victory for the Blue Aces (10-0). East scored 20 points on second chance opportunities and 16 more on turnovers. “We just came out excited with a lot of intensity,” Kelly said. “We weren't nervous this game. We had been through this at (Wichita State), so we're used to this environment.” Grant Lang scored 20 points and grabbed six boards to lead the Pioneers and Cameron Wiggins added 15 in the loss. The Blue Aces gave up only three first half baskets on the way to building a 39-17 lead. Leavenworth (5-4) shot only 5-of-38 in the first three quarters and trailed 52-25 going into the final stanza. East head coach Joe Jackson said his team he was glad for the way the team's good start to open the tournament. “We've really tried to assert ourselves on the defensive end and our press caused a little problem,” Jackson said. “We got better on our press as the game went on. Our guys got a rhythm offensively on transition.” The Aces scored the first 12 points of the game with Leavenworth not hitting a field goal until less than two minutes into the opening quarter. East continued its pressure in the second quarter to lead by 24 before intermission. The Aces shot 17-of-34 in the first half. Wichita East will play in a semifinal contest at 8:30 p.m., while Leavenworth will play in a consolation game at 3:30 p.m. LEAVENWORTH (47) -- Sean Ellis 2, Cameron Wiggins 15, Collin Anderson 3, Grant Lang 20, Dominique Miller 7. Totals 11-50 24-31 47. WICHITA EAST (75) -- Musa Mutazammil 2, Tyas Martin 9, Raymond O'Day 3, KeAndre Champion 7, Jaylen Dixon 5, Sam Eckles 4, Zach Jackson 11, Xavier Kelly 17, Samajae Jones 5, Isaac Farlin 8, Traevon McGairty 4. Totals 32-65 8-16 75. Leavenworth 9 8 8 22 -- 47 East 27 12 13 23 -- 75 Three-point baskets -- Leavenworth 1 (Miller 1), East 3 (O'Day 1, Champion 1, Jones 1). Rebounds -- Leavenworth 34 (Lang 6), East 47 (Kelly 10). Assists -- Leavenworth 6 (Miller 3), East 15 (three with 3). Total fouls -- Leavenworth 13, East 26. Records -- Leavenworth 5-4, East 10-0.
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