Jags win Chanute Ralph Miller Classic

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Wayne Bell

The ACHS Jaguars won the Ralph Miller tournament in Chanute for the third year in a row.

The Jags made their annual trip to Chanute for the Ralph Miller Classic late in late January. The Jags have a successful history at this tournament. Winning the tournament the past two years. The Jags, who went into the tournament 3-5, were at a spot they were not comfortable being in.
“We were really struggling. We had one of the worst games we had played in a while before the tournament,” assistant varsity coach Mark Fleske said. “We were a little nervous about results. We were just trying to focus on how we played and style of basketball, and that really changed.”
Roster adjustments helped the Jags improve offensively over the weekend. Three-point specialist Skylar Clevenger, sophomore started the tournament off with a 20 point game with six threes. Three point shooting is something the Jags struggled with before the tournament.
“It was definitely exciting to get in. This was my first real time playing on the court for a while. It was overwhelming at first, but when I made my first shot, I got my groove going,” Clevenger said.
The Jags ended the first game with a victory over Chanute in a high scoring result of 82-69. Kaden Wilson, senior, Xavier Bell, senior, and Clevenger all combined for a total of 69 points.
“We moved the ball better and shots were just falling,” Wilson said. “I think our shots really coming around and we ran our offenses to where they worked against their defense.”
After a victory against Chanute the Jags faced Emporia in a close contest with the final score being 52-50 with another victory for the Jags.
“The competition in this tournament is comparable to our league,” Fleske said. “I would definitely say Emporia would fit right into our league. Shawnee Mission South would be top of our league. Above average 6A school.”
The championship was faced off against Shawnee Mission South. The Jags finished the tournament off with another win 56-48. A three-peat in the Ralph Miller Classic.