Bonner Springs stifles Chieftains 67-53
Despite staging a fourth-quarter rally and erasing a double-figure deficit, the Tonganoxie Chieftains lost to the Bonner Springs Braves last Wednesday in Bonner Springs.
The Braves won 67-53 by stifling Tonganoxie's rally with a last-minute rally of their own.
The Chieftains got off to a weak start and fell behind, 17-7 in the first period, and the struggle continued in the second period as the Braves extended their lead to double figures, 31-18.
Tonganoxie hit only three of 10 field goals in the first period.
By late in the third period, Tonganoxie trailed by 22 points, 47-25. Kyle Rodell sparked the fourth-period rally with eight points, including a pair of treys. With more than a minute remaining in the game, the lead was sliced to 10 points, 57-47, when Scott Breuer hit a follow shot.
Unfortunately for the Chieftains, Bonner Springs erupted with a 10-4 run to put the game out of reach.
Bonner Springs hit 25-of-58 from the field for 43 percent for the game and netted 14-of-23 free throws. Tonganoxie was 18-of-44 for 40 percent from the field and managed 15-of-28 from the line.
Rodell and Breuer led the scoring for Tonganoxie with 12 points each and Thomas Gilner scored nine points. Sean Birdsong and Darryl Anderson led the scoring for Bonner Springs with 18 points and 17 points each.