Varsity Basketball

Class 3A boys

At Hutchinson Sports Arena

Thursday's Quarterfinals

3 P.M.

No. 1 Effingham (23-0) —After losing eight games last season, Effingham has won all its games this year by more than eight points. Junior shooting guard Austin Eckert leads the team averaging 19.3 points and 3.8 assists. Effingham's defense also averages 11.4 steals per game.

No. 8 Rossville (14-9) —Rossville suffered two a three-game losing streaks during the season before getting back on track. Mitch Buhler leads the Wildcats in points (14.6), rebounds (7.6) and assists (3.4). Rossville made it to the semifinals in the 2010 state tournament where it lost to Collegiate 60-36.

4:45

No. 4 Burlington (21-2) —Burlington's last trip to the Class 3A state tournament was in 2007, when the top-seeded Wildcats lost to Scott City in the semifinals. Burlington won three close games at sub-state.

No. 5 Minneapolis (21-2) —Minneapolis eased through the Smith Center sub-state, by an average margin of 24 points. After losing to Beloit twice during the regular season, Minneapolis defeated the Trojans 40-33 in the sub-state final. The Lions made it to the Class 3A state tournament last year where they lost to Collegiate 72-32 in the championship game.

6:30

No. 2 Scott City (22-1) —The last time Scott City was in the Class 3A state tournament the Beavers lost 52-44 in the title game to Wichita Collegiate in 2007. The Beavers' only loss this season was by 15 points to Dodge City. Senior guard Ron Baker averages a team-best 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Beavers.

No. 7 Riverton (13-8) —Riverton is making its first 3A state appearance since 2007. The Rams upset top-seeded Cherryvale and No. 2 Caney Valley in the Neodesha sub-state tournament.

8:15

No. 3 Wichita Collegiate (21-2) —Collegiate is gunning for its fourth 3A state title in five years. Collegiate hasn't lost to a Class 3A opponent since the team's leading scorer, junior Trace Clark (12.3 ppg), was in ninth grade. Five Spartans average more than seven points a game.

No. 6 Hutchinson Trinity (18-5) —Hutchinson Trinity took a one-year hiatus from the 3A state tournament last season after losing to Berean Academy in the sub-state final. The Celtics won the Halstead sub-state tournament behind Derek Racett's 16.6 points per game.

Friday's Semifinals

Minneapolis-Burlington winner vs. Rossville-Atchison County winner, 4:45 p.m.

Hutchinson Trinity-Collegiate winner vs. Riverton-Scott City winner, 8:15

Saturday's Finals

Third-place game, 2 p.m.

Championship, 6:15

The Eagle's Picks

Joanna Chadwick: Collegiate over Burlington

Chris Elliott: Collegiate over Minneapolis

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