Chieftains survive De Soto rally
Thank goodness it's Friday, this time.
The Tonganoxie boys' basketball team was happy with its outcome last Friday against De Soto.
And maybe a little relieved.
The Chieftains won at De Soto, 75-61, but let a 15-point lead shrink to four at the start of the second half.
The previous Friday, Tonganoxie bolted to a 14-2 lead and led 22-9 against Immaculata at one point before the Raiders surged back and eventually won.
"Our intensity dropped off," Walker said. "That's my job to keep it up."
Walker took a timeout after the Wildcats cut the lead to 39-35, and his team responded. The Chieftains went on a 9-2 run and held on for the victory.
Senior Bryan Gurss was the game's top scorer, notching 20 points and shooting 70 percent from the field. He also made five of seven free throws.
Fellow senior Jordan Glenn scored 12 points off the bench and was perfect from the field. He also made two three-point shots.
Tonganoxie shot 55 percent from the field, while De Soto shot 48 percent.The Chieftains (2-1 overall and 2-1 in the Kaw Valley League) played at Lansing on Tuesday and will have its home opener Friday against Bonner Springs.
De Soto (1-1 and 1-1) plays at Perry-Lecompton on Friday.
Tonganoxie 49, Perry 40
Jordan Glenn scored 10 points and led THS in scoring as the Chieftains picked up their first win of the season Dec. 4 against the Kaws, 49-40.
Joe Calovich, Bryan Gurss and Jon Gripka also scored eight points, while Jacob Walker added six points to the balanced scoring.
The Chieftains led 30-26 at halftime and scored just five points in the third quarter, but held a 14-8 advantage in the final quarter and sealed the win.
Tonganoxie 75, De Soto 61
Jacob Walker 6-10 12, Thomas Gilner 2-4 1-2 5, Kraig LaRosh 1-2 2, Jon Gripka 1-5 2, Matt Alexander 2-6 5, Bryan Gurss 7-10 5-7 20, Jordan Glenn 5-5 12, Joe Calovich 4-6 8, Chad Turner 0-2 0, Shane Howard 3-6 3-5 9, Billy Baska 0-0 0-2 0, Brad Reischman 0-0 1-2 1. 31-56 10-19 75
De Soto (61)
Matt Holton 1-4 3, Andrew Thornbrugh 3-5, 2-2 8, Tad Twidwell 4-12 4-4 13, Pete Crall 3-7 2-3 8, Justin Haub 4-5 2-2 11, Danny Brown 1-3 3-6 6, Jonathan Gray 5-8 2-5