EMPORIA, KANSAS – Defending champion is out.


Basehor-Linwood found revenge from last year’s Championship Game loss to Andover Central. The Bobcats beat the Jaguars 76-72 to advance in the Class 5A State Tournament on Wednesday night.


Central’s season ends 14-9.


"This group is special for me," Andover Central head coach Jesse Herrmann said.


This group saw a championship come to Andover last season and fight through adversity this season. After starting the season 3-5, the Jaguars took a trip to Chanute for their annual tournament. Staying in a hotel, getting back to the basics, the Jaguars turned around their season.


They rolled off three straight wins to win the mid-season tournament.


"These guys battled, and it showed in the second half of the season," Herrmann said.


That set the stage for the rematch with Basehor-Linwood.


Andover Central came out hot with sophomore Skyler Clevenger hitting two threes, spacing the floor for his teammates and Xavier Bell capitalized. He pushed the Jaguars into a 22-17 to start the second quarter.


"Skyler is a shooter," Herrmann said. "He knows when he comes into the game, that’s his job."


Basehor-Linwood’s Connor Younger went on a tear to give the Bobcats the lead for good. He hit five free throws during an 11-2 Basehor-Linwood run, giving them a 32-28 lead into the intermission.


"I really thought we gave our self a chance in the first half," Herrmann said.


The Jaguars had their shot against the Bobcats but it just was not their night. Rough three-point shooting put an end to their season, but it wasn’t without a fight.


Chase Torkelson hit two free throws to put Basehor-Linwood up 53-41 with 1:06 remaining in the third and the Jaguars appeared to be on the ropes but Jerome Washington had other plans.


The senior went down swinging as he scored 16 in the fourth quarter. His three-pointer with 33.1 seconds brought Andover Central within one and that’s as close as the Jaguars could get.


Every time the Jaguars would get within a stick man, it was Basehor-Linwood responding. Jordan Brown, who scored 29 points, hit two threes in the final two minutes to put the Bobcats out in front comfortably.


"Credit Basehor for hitting 25-foot threes," Herrmann said.


Andover Central shot 42.2 percent on the night and was 4-of-24 from beyond the arc. Washington had 30 for the Jaguars and Bell finished with 28.


Younger and Brown each had 29 for Basehor-Linwood.


Basehor-Linwood will play the winner of the Hays-Highland Park came tomorrow at 8:15 p.m. in Emporia for the right to go to the Class 5A State Finals.


BASEHOR-LINWOOD 76, ANDOVER CENTRAL 72


ANDOVER CENTRAL (14-9)


Wilson 0-3 0-0 0, Washington 12-21 5-10 30, Bell 11-27 5-6 28, Macy 1-4 0-1 2, Stupka 0-2 2-2 2, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Herrmann 0-3 2-2 2, DeGarmo 0-0 0-0 0, Clevenger 3-4 0-0 8. Totals 27-64 14-21 72.


BASEHOR-LINWOOD (21-2)


Brown 9-19 5-5 29, McBride 1-5 0-0 2, Torkelson 1-3 0-0 2, Younger 8-22 9-12 29, Davila 2-2 0-1 4, Cooper 1-1 1-12 4, Peterson 1-3 0-0 2, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Bergman 0-1 4-6 4. Totals 23-56 19-26 76.


Andover Central;20;8;18;26;—;72


Basehor-Linwood;17;15;19;25;—;76


3-point goals—Andover Central 4-24 (Wilson 0-2, Washington 1-8, Bell 1-7, Macy 0-2, Stupka 0-1, Herrmann 0-1, Clevenger 2-3), Basehor-Linwood 11-32 (Brown 6-13, McBride 0-3, Torkelson 0-2, Younger 4-11, Cooper 1-1, Peterson 0-1, Bergman 0-1). Fouled out— Andover Central: Herrmann. Rebounds—Andover Central 39 (Washington 10), Basehor-Linwood 36 (Brown, Davila 6 each). Turnovers—Andover Central 9, Basehor-Linwood 10. Total


fouls—Andover Central 25, Basehor-Linwood 19.