Archive for Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Braves thump Chieftains

After early win, THS loses to Eudora, Bonner

January 23, 2002

Tonganoxie didn't find much comfort in its consolation game Saturday.

Sean Birdsong scored 32 points, helping the Bonner Springs Braves to an 81-46 rout in the Tonganoxie Invitational's third-place game. Tonganoxie (5-7) trailed by four after the first quarter, but the Chieftains were outscored 32-8 in the third quarter.

"You have to give them credit," THS coach David Walker said. "They played very well."

Bryan Gurss led the Chieftains with 18 points, but he was only player in double figures for Tonganoxie. Jacob Walker had seven, while Thomas Gilner and Jon Gripka had five each.

"We probably didn't shoot the ball as well as we would have liked to or hoped to," Walker said. "But the effort was there. They scrapped and fought until the end."

Despite the sour ending, Walker was pleased his team finished in fourth place as the No. 7 seed.

The Chieftains resumed league play against Perry-Lecompton on Tuesday and play host to Basehor next Tuesday.

"We can't let one ball game interfere with the next eight ball games," Walker said. "The second half of the league can make or break you."

THS (5-7) 12 13 8 13 46
BSHS (7-4) 16 23 32 10 81

Tonganoxie Gurss 18, Walker 7, Gilner 5, Gripka 5, Reischman 4, Alexander 2, Glenn 2, Calovich 2, Howard 1

Bonner Springs Birdsong 32, Cook 16, Krug 11, Hall 10, Weathers 7, Stakely 3, Cobbins 2

Eudora 53, Tonganoxie 42
Tonganoxie stayed with Eudora for most of its semifinal game Friday, but the physical Cardinals eventually wore down the Chieftains and won, 53-42.
The game was tied six times before halftime, and Eudora had a 24-22 lead going into the break.
But the Cardinals, who had recent problems in the third quarter, led by as many as nine in that period. Eudora maintained the lead and advanced to the tournament finals, where the Cards defeated Van Horn, 63-39.
"I thought we played pretty well defensively," Eudora coach Scott Stein said.
Eudora, though, had trouble with Tonganoxie senior Bryan Gurss early. Gurss had eight points in the first five minutes, but as the game progressed, the Cardinal defense improved, and the offense eventually handled the Chieftains' zone.
"We played hard, they just out-muscled us," Tonganoxie coach David Walker said. "They hit a lot of their shots."
Eudora was 41 percent from the field (21-of-51), compared to Tonganoxie's 36 percent (16-of-45). The Cardinals defense was most potent outside the Chieftains made just 1 of 19 three-point attempts.
"They played great defense on the perimeter," Walker said.
Lear Bowling led Eudora with 16 points, while Wes Hinman was in double figures also with 13. Gurss led the Chieftains with 16 as well.

Tonganoxie (42)
Bryan Gurss 8-13 0-2 16, Jordan Glenn 4-8 0-0 8, Joe Calovich 3-3 1-2 7, Shane Howard 2-3 0-0 4, Matt Alexander 1-2 0-0 3, Jacob Walker 1-6 0-0 2, Brad Reischman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 16-45 1-4 42

Eudora (53)
Lear Bowling 6-13 2-2 16, Wes Hinman 6-8, 1-1 13, Zac Tyler 3-11 2-4 8, Kaleb Niedens 2-5 0-1 6, Tyler Cleveland 2-6 1-2 6 Jason Burrous 1-6 0-0 2, Dustin Moyer 1-1 0-0 2, Totals 21-51 6-10 53

Tonganoxie 12 10 10 10 42
Eudora 12 12 13 16 53
Three-point goals Tonganoxie 1-18 (Alexander 1); Eudora 5-19 (Bowling 2, Niedens 2, Cleveland 1) Team fouls Tonganoxie 14, Eudora 8
Tonganoxie 54, Olathe Christian 51
Jacob Walker was the hero again.
After leading Tonganoxie in scoring against Mill Valley on Friday, Walker found the basket frequently against Olathe Christian on Jan. 15 in the first round of the Tonganoxie Invitational. Walker scored a team-high 18 points, but three of those couldn't have come at a better time.
With seconds left in regulation and the game tied at 51, Walker took a pass from Chad Turner at the top of the key, took the shot, then celebrated with a horde of fellow red-jersey Chieftains.
No. 7 Tonganoxie's 54-51 win was dramatic, but Walker's comments afterward were not.
"We just needed to get a shot off," Walker said. "It was a great pass from Chad."
With the win, Tonganoxie became the third team in the first round to knock off the higher seed. No. 4 Bonner Springs was the only higher-rated team to advance to the semifinals.

Tonganoxie (5-5) 13 16 18 7 54
OCS (13-4) 17 4 12 5 51

Tonganoxie Walker 18, Calovich 10, Gurss 10, Glenn 8, Turner 3, Alexander 3, Gilner 2

Olathe Christian Wilson 18, Allen 14, Johansen 5, Wright 4, Black 4, Pollock 2, Davis 2, Branson 2

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