Scott City, Dodge City to Play For Third at The Tournament of Champions
Dodge City, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–The Scott City Beavers and Dodge City Red Demons will face off for the first time since playing for the 2011 championship for the Dodge City Tournament of Champions this afternoon in the third place game of the Dodge City TOC. Scott City fell in overtime 67-63 to the Wichita North Redskins, while Dodge City was thumped by Shawnee Mission North 66-31.
In a game that saw 11 ties and 11 lead changes, Scott City and Wichita North was as good as advertised going in. The Beavers and Redskins went back and forth early on and Wichita North led 20-16 after one quarter. After Scott City took a 27-25 lead midway through the second quarter, the Redskins went on a 7-0 run with 2:21 remaining before halftime. Prior to the last two points of that run, Connor Frankamp, the KU basketball signee, went up to dunk and was fouled. As Frankamp came down, he landed head first on the court, and was bleeding from the fall. He eventually was taken off the court and never returned, finishing with a season-low nine points. North would take a 36-34 lead into the break. Scott City would go into the fourth quarter with a 49-48 lead, on a tightly-contested layup by Drew Kite, who was triple teamed. Late in regulation, trailing by one, Tyler Hess took it strong to the basket, and was fouled hard by the Redskins. Hess was elbowed under his left ear, and would leave the game. Austin Habiger hit one of two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to tie the game at 60. Wichita North was unable to make the game-winning basket as time expired, and the teams headed to overtime. In the extra session, the Redskins got a layup right away by Zach Beard and a free throw made it 63-60 just seconds into overtime. Scott City was only able to get three points in the extra four minutes, which came on a Brett O’Neil layup and free throw. Wichita North made their free throws down the stretch and gave the Beavers their first loss in 31 games. Leading the way for Wichita North was Zach Beard with 17 points, while Tarius Williams added 12. Scott City was led by Joey Meyer’s season-high 19 points, Drew Kite had 18 and Austin Habiger finished with a season-high 10 for the Beavers.
Dodge City had a tough outing with the top ranked team in Class 5A. Shawnee Mission South prove to be too much for the Red Demons, racing out 13-6 first quarter lead, en route to a 66-31 victory to put them in the Championship game at 6 pm. The Raiders took a 34-11 lead, and led by as many as 37 points in the fourth quarter at 57-20. Dodge City finished the game on an 11-9 run and fell by 35 points. Shawnee Mission South was led by DeAngelo Bruster and Dainan Swoope with 14 points, while Josh Peterson pitched in 10. The Red Demons did not have a double figure scorer, but were led by Staphan Gross with nine. Shawnee Mission South faces Wichita North at 6 pm for the TOC championship.
In the consolation semi-finals, the Derby Panthers were able to lead wire to wire over the Buhler Crusaders in the first game of the day, and pull away in the second half on their way to a 64-48 victory. The Panthers led 27-22 at the break, and by as many as 18 points at 63-45. Derby was led in scoring by Taylor Scheiber with a game-high 22 points, while James Conley added 12 and Jeremy Dunham finished with 11. Buhler was paced by Branson Feltry with 12 and Jace Williams with 11.
After scoring just 33 points in their first game of the tournament on Thursday, Newton was able to get their scoring going, and took down Wichita South 72-53 to advance on to the fourth place game. The Railers led from start to finish, leading 13-8 after one and 31-19 at the break. Newton’s biggest lead came at 69-47 late, before the Titans cut it to 19. Leading the way for the Railers was Austin Krogmeier, Gunnar Drinnen and Brendan Downey with 13 points, and Grant Walker with 11. Jordan Moore led Wichita South with 20 points. Newton takes on Derby at 2:30 for fourth place, while Wichita South will face Buhler for seventh place at 1 pm.