Winning the McPherson Invitational is no easy task. This is especially true for the home team this year.

The McPherson High School boys basketball team has drawn the fourth seed in the 53rd annual McPherson Invitational Basketball Tournament, playing host to five-seed Shawnee Mission East on Jan. 19 at 8:15 p.m. The winner of McPherson and Shawnee Mission East will take on the winner of top-seed Maize (6-1) and eighth-seed Mill Valley (1-6).

Shawnee Mission East is 3-3 on the year, with wins over Southeast, Bishop Seabury and Olathe East. The Lancers have losses to Barstow, Lawrence Free State and Shawnee Mission North.

On the other side of the bracket, Wichita-Heights (6-2) plays Blue Valley West (2-5), while Manhattan (5-2) tangles with Hutchinson (2-4).