Wichita East defeated Wichita Heights, the No. 10 team in the USA TODAY Super 25 boys basketball rankings, 57-51, on Tuesday, ending the nation’s longest active high school boys basketball winning streak at 62 games.
Wichita Heights player Perry Ellis — a Kansas University signee — had 30 points and 13 rebounds for Heights.
Senior guard Jalen Love led East with 27 points.
The Falcons have won three consecutive 6A state championships and last lost Dec. 19, 2009. Despite the loss, they still have a chance to win a fourth consecutive title as they begin the playoffs next week.
“Teenagers live in the moment and in the moment they were really sad,” Falcons coach Joe Auer told The Wichita Eagle. “This has been an amazing experience, but it was never our goal to have a winning streak. It’s not what we’re about. This doesn’t change anything for us.”
With Wichita Heights’ loss, No. 3 St. Anthony (Jersey City) now has the longest current winning streak at 55 games. That streak was also threatened Tuesday as the Friars held off a late charge at home to defeat Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 51-45.
While Wichita Heights’ streak was a state record, it was a far cry from the national record. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the record is 159 consecutive wins by Passaic, N.J., from 1919-25.
Then Thursday, future Kansas guard Conner Frankamp scored 38 points as Wichita North defeated Wichita Heights, 47-38, giving Heights a two-game losing streak.
Ellis had 11 points for Heights. KU coach Bill Self attended the game in Wichita.