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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups draw No. 2 seed in 49th Mac Invite

  • Pairings have been released for the coming 49th Annual McPherson Invitational, and, as expected, the McPherson High boys are on a collision course with Shawnee Mission East.
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  • Pairings have been released for the coming 49th Annual McPherson Invitational, and, as expected, the McPherson High boys are on a collision course with Shawnee Mission East.
    The Lancers and the Bullpups are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the brackets released Wednesday afternoon. The rest of the field includes Manhattan, Wichita Heights, Blue Valley West, Maize, Lawrence Free State and Hutchinson.
    McPherson, who is 7-1 coming off a 55-36 win over Rose Hill Tuesday night, will open up play in the tournament on Thursday night against Lawrence Free State. The Firebirds, last year’s fourth place team, are 2-5 on the season and were blasted Tuesday 65-48 by
    Shawnee Mission South, the top-ranked team in Class 5A.
    The Bullpups are looking to get back into the championship game Saturday night, after a disappointing 55-49 loss to Blue Valley West in the finals in 2012.
    Shawnee Mission East (7-0), meanwhile, has the 4:45 p.m. slot on Thursday and will face Maize (2-6).
    The Lancers are ranked fifth in the latest KBCA Class 6A rankings and are looking to improve upon 2012’s third place finish in the invitational, which they claimed after defeating Lawrence Free State 66-55. It has been six years since SM East was last in the finals of the
    McPherson Invitational, having won the 2007 iteration.
    Maize, meanwhile, dropped all three of their games during the 2012 tournament, including a 55-51 nailbiter in the seventh place game with Buhler.
    Manhattan, the 2008 tournament winners, will open up against the defending champions Blue Valley West in the opening game of the three-day tournament. The Indians (4-3) and the Jaguars (3-3) tipoff at 3 p.m. Thursday.
    Wichita Heights (4-3) and Hutchinson (3-5) get the 6:30 p.m. slot on Thursday. Heights is no stranger to the McPherson Invitational, having had a memorable run of tournament championships from 1975-1981. The Falcons are second only to McPherson in tournament championships, having won it all also in 1968, 1969 and again in 2011.
    The Salt Hawks meanwhile have won the invite on two occasions; once in 1987 and again in 2011. They have already faced three of the teams in the tournament, having defeated Maize 56-48 and fallen to both McPherson and Heights.
    Friday’s games will be at the same times as Thursday’s; 3 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
    Saturday’s final rounds will be held starting at 1:30 p.m. with the seventh place game, followed by fifth place at 3:30 p.m. and the third place game at 5:30 p.m.
    The championship game will tipoff at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.
    This year’s invite is sponsored by Midway Motors.
    Follow Chris Swick on Twitter @SwickSentinel or email him: chris.swick@mcphersonsnetinel.com.
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