Welp. After a roadtrip to McPherson, Kan., the high is over. The Lancers are no longer undefeated.
East fell to the hometown McPherson Bullpups 53-40 in the championship of the 2013 McPherson Invitational. After defeating Maize and Blue Valley West, East fell victim to the Bullpups. They fell victim to their quick guard play. They fell victim to hometown officiating. But most of all, the Lancers fell victim to themselves.
Sorry, that was pretty cliched. But I mean it: Shawnee Mission East is a better team than McPherson, regardless of what all the McPherson kids have been telling me on Twitter since the game. The Lancers have size, speed and scoring to rival most teams in the state. The Bullpups are good, but they aren’t the caliber of East.
And yet they won, and by 13 points at that. When I signed up to commentate the McPherson Invitational, I expected nothing short of gold for the Lancers. But East fell to the hometown team, revealing a few weaknesses in the process that need to be addressed before the postseason begins. Or, more importantly in the eyes of most students, before they play SM South on Feb. 22. Here are the holes in the ship that I believe need to be plugged before then:
I believe in this team. I think we could see something special this year. One loss doesn’t change that. It just reveals some areas that need work. I just hope the guys get it all together in time for Rockhurst this Friday.