Salisbury boys basketball finished second in Class 2 this year. Three-time KRES All-Star Jackson King reflects on the Panthers’ state run.
Salisbury trailed at half in three straight games before the Show-Me Showdown, including a last-minute win at Lincoln in sectionals and a double overtime victory against Wellsville in the quarterfinals. King analyzes Salisbury’s success in tight games.
The Panthers responded to a pair of early season tournament championship losses with 18 straight wins and Salisbury’s fourth-ever Show-Me Showdown appearance. King reveals when he recognized the Panthers’ potential.
King referenced Marceline transfer Luke Abeln, who also received KRES All-Star honors. The senior Abeln explains his improved play in the second half of the season.
Abeln averaged 15 points per game for 23-3 Salisbury after he produced 22 points per game as a Marceline junior.
Abeln’s move resulted in the senior’s first winning season.
Abeln delivered 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 64-42 state semifinal victory versus North Andrew. King starred with a game-high 25 points on 11-14 field goals.
Campbell defeated Salisbury 67-50 in the Class 2 state championship.