Lions spoil night again in overtime
The Chieftains punched their cards for overtime against Lansing for the second consecutive time.
And once again, they didn't receive any pay for the extra work.
After dropping a 74-72 overtime heartbreaker to the Lions on Jan. 10, Tonganoxie was back on its home court against the same foe in the Tonganoxie Invitational's third-place game Saturday. The Chieftains again forced overtime, but Lansing prevailed in an easier fashion this time, winning 57-49.
"The kids did exactly what we asked them to in the second half," coach David Walker said.
Tonganoxie was down 28-21 at the half, but stormed back with a 12-7 third quarter edge. In the team's first meeting, Jacob Walker banked in a three-point shot as time expired in regulation for the overtime opportunity. On Saturday, Lansing's Hosea Morgan had a last shot at a bucket for the win, but the shot missed.
The Chieftains' effort was more satisfactory than their semifinal game against Eudora on Thursday. The Cardinals embarrassed Tonganoxie by 24, but Walker was encouraged by Saturday's fourth-place finish.
"You concentrate to get better game after game and that's still our goal," Walker said.
The Chieftains were an impressive 9-for-12 from the free throw line, while the team shot 43 percent from the field, but were just 2-for-9 from three-point range. Juniors Justin Walker and Joe Calovich led the Chieftains in scoring, while Jacob Walker pitched in with nine. Chad Turner scored eight and Shane Howard netted six.
Morgan led the Lions with 18, while Matt Bunce and Brian Kern had 14 and 12 respectively.