SALINA— The Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game went out with a bang on Saturday, literally, at Mabee Arena in Kansas Wesleyan University. It also was the final curtain calls for Jake Alexander of McPherson High School and Mason Thiessen of Inman High School as they both played their last high school basketball game before moving on to college.
The KBCA White team defeated the Blue team 111-107. Thiessen started at center for the White team, where even though he scored three points, he controlled the boards all game while having to guard an elite ballplayer in Michael Peake out of Blue Valley North High School. Thiessen, who will be playing at Emporia State next year, was on the same team as Iowa State signee Caleb Grill out of Maize High School, Clarence King from Lawrence High School and Cevin Clark from Arkansas City High School.
"It was a whole lot of fun, playing with a bunch of guys I've been with all week and playing against a bunch of guys I've been with all week especially players like Braun, Michael Peake and just everyone on that team," Thiessen said. "Just everyone on that team is just there for a reason."
Alexander was the member of the Blue Team. He saw some quality minutes coming off the bench and finished the night with two points. He was on the same team as future Kansas Jayhawk Christian Braun of Blue Valley Northwest, Kaleb Hammeke of Hutchinson Trinity and Braden Belt from Andover Central.
"It was just a great time to be out here and play one more game on a high school spectrum," Alexander said. "It's just fun seeing my teammates, and I see these guys around and on social media and stuff. It was just fun to spend a couple of days with them and just getting to know them personally."
Alexander will be playing college basketball at Mid-America Nazarene next season. Alexander cherished his memories as a high school player and will miss the good times he had in the last four years.
"High school basketball will always hold a special place to my heart," Alexander said. "I've traveled the country with my teams and got to play under a great coach, great teammates, and to top of all off, the KBCA All-Star game. I'm just blessed and honored. I'm appreciative for this opportunity."
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