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West Platte earns top spot in state boys basketball poll

Updated: 2014-01-29T16:55:57Z


The Kansas City Star

For the second straight season, the West Platte boys basketball team has climbed to the top of the state rankings.

One of only two remaining undefeated teams in Missouri Class 2, the Blue Jays are ranked No. 1 in their class by the state coaches association. Unbeaten Sacred Heart, 13-0, is No. 2.

West Platte, 15-0, made it through the regular season undefeated last year before falling to Salisbury in the state championship game. The Blue Jays played the game without leading scorer Adam Roe, who tore his ACL in the semifinals.

Roe has returned for his senior season and picked up where he left off last season, averaging 22 points per game. He has committed to play basketball at Army.

"He's been even better (this year), really," Tanner said. "We kind of thought that may hinder him a little bit, but he's doing everything just as well as did last year, if not better."

• Blue Springs South is No. 5 in the Missouri Class 5 poll. Lee's Summit West, which knocked off No. 1 Hickman last week, figures to jump into the poll next week.

Grandview (No. 8) and Lincoln Prep (No. 10) are both ranked in Missouri Class 4.

Summit Christian Academy is ranked eighth in the Class 3 poll.

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