Posted On: 02/17/21 8:36 PM

The weather knocked out nearly every game in northeast Kansas. But the frigid temperatures couldn’t completely freeze up the Hays Indians, who traveled to Abilene for a post-season tune up.

Hays prolonged its lock on the #1 spot in 5A rankings. Abilene had recently dropped from the 4A rankings, but is still a team to watch as the season builds to a crescendo.

Here are some observations from this matchup of elites:

Linenberger got the better of Becker:

Jace LinenbergerJaceLinenberger6'6" | CHays | 2022StateKS, a 6-foot-6 wing, had a nice sophomore season, averaging about 7 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest. But he has doubled those numbers to become one of the state’s premier players in 5A. He had four games with 20 or more points, and he registered his fifth Tuesday. He led all scorers with 23. Kaleb BeckerKalebBecker6'4" | SFAbiline | 2022StateKS (pictured) one of the top juniors in 4A, was solid with 15, including 4-4 from the line, but it wasn’t enough Tuesday.

No one trick pony:

The 18-0 Indians have a versatile and balanced lineup. Dalyn Schwarz has a lot of experience and physical characteristics similar to Linenberger. His stats are similar as well. Carson KiefferCarsonKieffer6'1" | PGHays | 2022StateKS is running

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