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Hutchinson tempo stalls Butler in Region VI men’s quarterfinals

  • Eagle correspondent
  • Published Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 11:41 p.m.

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Region VI Basketball

Friday’s Semifinals at Koch Arena

Women

Butler (31-1) vs. Barton (20-12), 1 p.m.

Garden City (18-13) vs. Hutchinson (30-0), 3 p.m.

Men

NW Kansas Tech (20-12) vs. Hutchinson (25-7), 5 p.m.

Pratt (20-12) vs. Seward County (23-9), 7 p.m.

Rivals Butler and Hutchinson had split their regular-season men’s basketball games, and Thursday’s Region VI quarterfinal was tied, fittingly, at 34-all at halftime.

Hutch went on a 14-2 run starting the second half, though, for the difference in the Blue Dragons’ 71-61 victory at Koch Arena.

“(Coach Steve Eck) preached to us about winning the first five minutes, being very intense … and I think we did a good job of that in the second half,” said freshman Darrick Wood, who had 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

“I think that’s my first (double-double) of the year,” he said. “Pretty good time to have one.”

Sophomore Kadeem Allen, an Arizona signee, also cited defense.

“We just pressured the ball more, put more pressure on the defense,” he said. “We sped them up and got them playing our game.

“We got a lot of open shots, penetrated, and got each other involved more in the second half.”

That pressure took Butler out of its rhythm, Eck said.

“We got some breakaways and got some good shots off of it, and that’s the main thing: Make them take contested shots,” he said.

Fourth-seeded Hutch (25-7) will face ninth-seed Northwest Kansas Tech (20-12) in Friday’s semifinals. The upstart Mavericks got 32 points from freshman James Sylvester in pulling out a thrilling 97-92 upset of top-seeded Independence in triple overtime.

Wood spearheaded Hutchinson’s second-half run, scoring six points on lay-ins and rebounds.

Wood said that Eck’s halftime instructions were to clamp down more on defense.

“Defense, and moving the ball around a lot, getting everybody involved and everybody staying active,” he said.

Wood was active in the second half, getting eight points and six rebounds.

“I guess that’s been my role this year, just do it all, do whatever they ask me to do,” he said. “My second half, it was just based on all my intensity.”

Meanwhile, sophomore Kadeem Allen had two of his team-high 10 assists in that span, setting up dunks by Coreantae DeBerry and DeShawn Freeman to go with a team-high 21 points.

Butler (22-10) managed the halftime tie by shooting 45 percent in the first half. But after halftime, the Grizzlies’ shots weren’t falling, and once they did, Hutch was comfortably ahead.

“I don’t think we did quite as good of a job of stopping the run, and then continuing to be resilient and share the basketball,” Butler coach Mike Bargen said. “I think we finally got it going, got it back to five, and I thought we’d have one of those nail-biting games.

“By and large, we just didn’t shoot the ball very well, and give them credit; they made some really, really difficult shots.”

Hutchinson 71, Butler 61

HUTCHINSON: Wood 16, Allen 21, DeBerry 11, Jackson 4, DeShawn Freeman 16, Watson 1, Whittingham 2. Totals 28-58 10-16 71.

BUTLER: Fitzgerald 2, Richardson 8, S. Triggs 14, B. Triggs 12, Goodwin 16, O’Conner 7, Wofford-Humphrey 2. Totals 24-61 8-112 61.

Three-point baskets – Hutchinson 5 (Allen 3, Wood 2); Butler 5 (Richardson 2, B. Triggs 2, O’Conner 1). Rebounds – Hutchinson 41 (Wood 11), Butler 31 (Goodwin 7). Fouls – Hutch 15, Butler 13. Technicals – Wood. Assists – Hutch 15 (Allen 10), Butler 13 (B. Triggs 9).

NW Kansas Tech 97,

Independence 92

NW KANSAS TECH: Britton 6, Clavell 21, Hussey 4, Caraballo 17, Walden 11, Huertas 6, Sylvester 32. Totals 36-69 20-34 97.

INDEPENDENCE: Owens 5, Ikuenobe 1, Melton 18, Phillip 31, Roark 20, Duplessis 13, Jappa 4. Totals 25-65 33-47 92.

Three-point baskets – NW Tech 5 (Clavell 3, Huertas 1, Sylvester 1); Independence 9 (Melton 3, Phillip 2, Duplessis 2, Owens 1, Roark 1). Rebounds – NW Tech 50 (Caraballo 11), Indy 39 (Owens, Phillip 7). Fouls – NW Tech 32, Indy 27. Technicals – None. Assists – NW Tech 11 (Hussey 4), Indy 10 (Roark 5).

Pratt 66, Coffeyville 61

PRATT: Flynn 3, Allen 4, Holden 9, R. Davis 20, Laatham-Seales 15, Schieber 5, Tshikaya 10. Totals 19-47 23-29 66.

COFFEYVILLE: Ellison 2, Martin 2, Peterson 19, Crawford 4, James 24, Norman 4, Gales 2, M. Davis 4. Totals 20-58 18-23 61.

Three-point baskets – Pratt 5 (R. Davis 2, Laatham-Seales 2, Schieber); Coffeyville 3 (Peterson 2, Norman). Rebounds – Pratt 41 (Allen 13), Coffeyville 27 (James 6). Fouls – Pratt 18, Coffeyville 23. Technicals – Tshikaya. Assists – Pratt 13 (Flynn 6), Coffeyville 13 (Peterson 5).

Seward County 73,

Neosho County 68

SEWARD COUNTY: Stevenson 28, Hill-Bey 16, Purtue 16, Johnson 2, Mentor 4, Bridgeforth 3, Allen 3, Sharp 1. Totals 20-49 26-45 73.

NEOSHO COUNTY: Batish 17, Acuil 9, Jenkins 11, Garland 2, Cooper 9, Downing 2, Buckley 2, Terrell 2, Frantz 2, Steadman 12. Totals 18-56 26-37 68.

Three-point baskets – Seward 7 (Stevenson 4, Hill-Bey 2, Purtue); Neosho 6 (Batish 5, Jenkins). Rebounds – Seward 44 (Stevenson 8), Neosho 40 (Acuil 14). Fouls – Seward 23, Neosho 32. Technicals – None. Assists – Seward 12 (Hill-Bey 4), Neosho 8 (Jenkins, Steadman, Cooper 2).

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