Lebo finds themselves in the state tournament for the 14th time this week in Dodge City.
Lebo defeated Hutch Central Christian 66-55 to win the substate championship. Head Coach Dwayne Paul has compiled a 39-8 record for the Wolves in his first two seasons at the helm. Paul, a previous assistant coach for Emporia State, has injected swagger back into the Lebo program.
“I’m talking to guys I played or coach with that are all throughout divisions of college basketball. Guys that are playing in the NBA, or playing overseas. I’m constantly asking how are you defending this. What offense are you running against this,” added Paul on his approach to the team.
Lebo was a state qualifier in 2019, losing to Osborne 44-41.
“We are a much more mature team than what we were a year ago’” stated Paul.
Lebo is lead in scoring by Junior Devan McEwan but it’s the Wolves’ defense that has led them to a 22-3 record. Hutch Central Christian was the first team to crack more than 50 points, and only four other teams have scored more than 40 against Lebo.
The Wolves will have their hands full in their opening-round matchup with South Central-Coldwater.
South Central is 20-5 on the year, overcoming injuries earlier in the season. They have won six straight after losing to St. John’s, another contender in the 1A tournament, 48-43.
Lebo is 0-3 in previous tournaments in Dodge City, losing in the opening round in 1972, 2016, and 2019. The Wolves will need to continue their stifling defense, if they hope to keep their season alive.