Jan 26, 2020 2:32 AM

Blue Jays finish sixth in the McPherson Invitational

Posted Jan 26, 2020 2:32 AM

McPherson used a stingy zone defense to defeat the Junction City Blue Jays 44-31 in the fifth place consolation game of the McPherson Invitational on Saturday.

McPherson led the Blue Jays by two points at halftime but used the zone to hold Junction City to just four points in the third quarter including one field goal and two free throws.

JCHS coach Nick Perez said the Blue Jays "tend to struggle with the zone. I don't know why, we've got great shooters. Just seems like the basket when we start shooting."

One player for JCHS, Howard Johnson, did hit five three-point shots in the game and wound up with 17 of the 31 points scored by the Blue Jays.

Junction City ( 4-4 ) will host Topeka High Tuesday night.

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Jan 26, 2020 2:32 AM
McPherson Invitational Tournament
Go Blue Jays!

Consolation Semi-Final Round

Friday, January 24th

Final - After 1 Overtime

Seaman Vikings        62

JCHS Blue Jays           67

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Saturday, January  25

Consolation Final

Final

McPherson Bullpups     44

JCHS Blue Jays                   31

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The bracket for the final day of the tournament on Saturday will find Wichita North playing Seaman for 7th place at 1:30, Junction City meeting McPherson at 3:15 for 5th place, Blue Valley playing Derby for 3rd at 5 p.m. and Bishop Carroll meeting Lawrence Free State for the championship at 7 p.m.