Kansas faced a tough draw at the Tri-State Classic Basketball Tournament, facing three homeschool teams from three states. They opened against NWA Hornets and came away with a 60-57 win before falling to Redemption Christian Academy out of Houston, one of the top teams out Texas, 65-57.
In the third place game, the Comets lost to OKC Warriors in a close one, 46-41.
Kansas 60 NWA Hornets 57
Kansas, after leading by 11 at halftime, saw Northwest Arkansas Hornets, a home school team out of Arkansas, jump back into the lead. After an exciting finish, the Comets won the game 60-57.
Kansas came back to tie the game at 51 at the end of regulation. In overtime with :03 left and the tied 57-57, a technical was called on the Hornets coach for calling a timeout with none left available. Kalin Parsons hit both to give the Comets a 59-57 lead.
A foul on the in-bounds pass put Kansas' Dylan Siers on the line with less than a second on the clock. Siers hit one of two to seal the win.
Parsons led the Comets in scoring with 27 Siers had 19. Jaston Fields finished with nine, Dylan Siers eight, Christian Glass two and Bo Adams one.
Redemption Christian (Houston) 65 Kansas 57
Kansas boys basketball team had a tough task in the semifinals of the Tri-State Basketball Tournament. They were to face Redemption Christian Homeschool Academy. They also had to face Redemption's blue chip athletes including four-star center Kevin Samuel, a Texas Christian University signee.
The Comets came out aggressive, going right at the Texas team but would lose 65-57. Down 38-19 at halftime, Kansas outscored Redemption Christian 20-12 in the third quarter behind three three-point shots from senior Dylan Siers to trail 50-39.
Kansas again won the scoring battle in the fourth 15-12 but couldn't quite close the gap in the loss. Sier finished with six trey's in the game for 18 while Kalin Parsons, who also had a good game inside, with 21.
Kobe Patterson led Redemption Christian with 20 points and Anderson Kopp had 18. Kansas held Samuel to four points in the game. Jaston Fields and Keelan Davis had nine points in the game.
OKC Warriors 46 Kansas 41
Kansas battled the OKC Warriors through all four quarters with Warriors pulling out a 46-41 win in the Tri-State Basketball Tournament third place game. Kansas ran out to a 9-3 lead in first quarter lead but trailed by one point 12-11 going into the second quarter.
The Comets regained the lead briefly just before halftime, 19-18, but the Warriors hit a two just before the buzzer to lead 20-19 at halftime. The Warriors led 33-31 going into the fourth quarter.
Kansas would cut the lead to one point with :40 left in the game but had to foul and put the Warriors on the free throw line.
Kalin Parson scored 11 points and Keelan Davis 10 to lead Kansas. Fields added nine points, Siers eight, Christian Glass two and Bo Adams one in the game.