WICHITA, Kansas – Leading by just four points at halftime, the Wichita East boy’s varsity basketball team exploded offensively in the second half, defeating area rival Wichita South 89-55 on Friday night.
Things got heated in the opening half. With South up by ten points, East’s Michael McKinney stole the ball at midcourt and took it in for a layup. On his way to the hoop he was shoved in the back by South’s Jeremiah Hudspeth, sending him into the wall.
Tempers flared and technical fouls were issued to Zach Jackson, Hudspeth and Matt Donart of South. The top ranked Blue Aces were not deterred.
Moving within four wins of a perfect regular season, Jackson finished with 27 points in the victory for East and Samajae Jones had a game-high 30 points. Daran Lee led South with 13 points.
The Winter Homecoming game also marked East’s Hall of Fame night. Several of the school’s former standouts were inducted. Beyond that, legendary East alum Jim Ryun received an honorary new display case highlighting his achievement. Ryun became the first prep athlete to run a sub-four-minute mile back in the 1960’s.