Turner boys have no answer for Chieftains duo
Kansas City, Kan. When the inside-out combo of Dane Erickson and Jeremy Carlisle was on the floor Thursday for the Tonganoxie High boys basketball team, there wasn’t much Turner could do to stop the duo.
After some first-half foul troubles for the Chieftains’ one-two punch led to a halftime tie, the two returned ready to control the game in the second half and Tonganoxie won, 74-60.
After picking up his second foul late in the first quarter, Carlisle sat the final 10:49 of the first half. When Erickson joined him on the bench with just three minutes to go in the second quarter, the Golden Bears went on a 13-2 run to close the half.
Said Chieftains coach Shawn Phillips: “It’s difficult when you lose two guys that are a big part of what you’ve been doing all year long.”
However, in the third quarter, with both players back on the court for Tonganoxie (7-8 overall, 2-7 Kaw Valley League), the road team went on a 17-0 run in just less than five minutes, with Erickson scoring 13 points.
Erickson finished with a game- and season-high of 33 points to go with eight rebounds. Carlisle, a senior point guard, had a 13-point quarter of his own in the fourth and finished with 18 points and four assists.
“When we had those two back,” Phillips said, “they didn’t really have an answer for either one of them.”
With Carlisle absent most of the first half, others picked up his scoring. Senior Austin Vickers put up five points in the first quarter, both Dylan Scates and John Lean knocked down 3-pointers in the second and Brennen Williams drove in for a scoop off the glass late in the first half at Turner (1-15, 1-8).
“We had guys step up and play when we lost Carlisle,” Phillips said.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Chieftains play at Bishop Ward, in Kansas City, Kan.
Score by quarters
Tonganoxie 18 15 20 21 — 74
Turner 12 21 6 21 — 60
Dane Erickson 14-16 5-7 33, Dylan Scates 2-6 0-0 5, Colby Yates 1-1 3-5 5, Jeremy Carlisle 5-7 7-9 18, Dylan Jacobs 1-5 1-2 3, Austin Vickers 2-3 0-1 5, Brennen Williams 1-7 0-0 2, Ben Williams 0-0 0-1 0, John Lean 1-1 0-0 3.