The opening round of the Class 3 District 14 Boys Tournament at Lafayette County High School Tuesday saw three games that were double digit wins while the fourth match-up was a barn burner down to the wire.
The opening game was Lafayette Co. taking on the last seed Lexington Minutemen. The Huskers jumped out early on the Minutemen and kept building a lead as the afternoon wore on. At halftime the Huskers led 35-18.
The second half would see more of the same as the Huskers cruised to a 66-32 victory to advance to the semifinal round.
In the next contest St. Paul Lutheran of Concordia took on the O’Hara Celtics. The battle was close throughout the first half as both teams played at a frenetic pace. That quick play resulted in several turnovers on both sides of the court. At the half, St. Paul had a 29-23 lead. In the second half St. Paul would focus and go on to a 62-50 win.
The Saints will face the Huskers Thursday evening; tip off at 6 p.m.
In the third contest two teams familiar with each other took the court. Richmond and Carrollton were having opposite seasons as the Trojans struggled and the Spartans succeeded.
From the opening tip off Carrollton was unable to neither get into a rhythm nor answer the pressure put up by the Spartans. At the end of the first period it was Richmond 20, Carrollton 8.
Brandon Eschenbaugh would miss many a shot at the post and the Spartans would take advantage of Carrollton’s miscues, cruising to a 52-34 win and a place on the semifinal bracket.
The final game was between Knob Noster and Summit Christian out of Lee’s Summit. From the opening tip off neither team would trail by more than five until then end of the first period with the Panthers leading the Eagles 18-12. The Eagles of Summit Christian would continue to battle and forced Knob Noster into mistakes and had clutch three point shooting from junior Tuarin Hughes and at the end of the half it was Knob Noster 25, Summit Christian 24.
The second half was even closer as both teams would continue to tie and exchange leads. In fact it was a one point game for the majority of the second half as both teams made their mistakes but also scored in clutch situations.
It came down to the last 2 minutes as Knob Noster took a three point lead. The Eagles would make play after play to pull within 1, but in the last minute as Summit Christian was forced into fouling situations to stop the clock, Knob Noster’s Brett Marsh would go to the free throw line in succession to shoot one and one’s. He would make them all ending the night with 17 points and 9/10 at the line. The Eagles fall to the Panthers 57-55.
That sets up the second semifinal game of the Class 3 District 14 Boy’s bracket Thursday between Knob Noster and Richmond.