But make no mistake, the Patriots are set on winning some games, too — beginning with the defending champions from Arnett.
“We’ve never been this far, so it’s been a whole new experience for us,” said 6-foot-5 forward J. Brock Crockett-Beck. “We played some bigger schools this season and got beat, and we’ve been able to learn from that, and use that to be successful in our class.”
McMinn leads the way for the Patriots, averaging team-bests in points (22), rebounds (10) and assists (3.7). Point guard R.J. Harms adds 11 points and Crockett-Beck 10, to go with seven boards a game.
And all three are juniors, joined in the starting lineup by seniors Kolby Betts and Braden Brown.
“This has been a neat process for all of us, but especially being a part of it with our seniors, being the first ones to do this in school history,” Harms said. “Most of our school comes out and cheers for us.
“We’re really motivated, because other people don’t know what we can do.”