At halftime Friday night, West boys basketball coach Michael Lewis was not a happy man. Down 25-20, he warned his team they were headed for a “Bobby Knight” type of practice.
“If they didn’t know who Bobby Knight was, they would sure find out,” Lewis said. The Pioneers responded in the second half, beating Ness City 56-43 in the semifinals of the St. John tournament.
The Pioneers, who won their second game in as many nights – their only two wins of the year – will face host St. John in Saturday night’s championship game.
West doubled up Ness City 36-18 in the second half. Isaac Rodriguez (11), Javon Reed (10) and Elijah Horton (10) combined for 31 of West’s 56 points.
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Garden Plain 39, Cheney 32 – The Owls kept a lead in a low-scoring Adolph Rupp tournament semifinal in Halstead, getting 11 points from Jordan Joplin to upset their Central Plains League rivals. Cameron Hill had 12 points and Ty Patterson 11 for Cheney, which will play for third place Saturday. Garden Plain faces Andale in the title game.
Andale 55, Haven 32 – The Indians cruised into the final by holding Haven to five fourth-quarter points. Hunter Knoblauch scored 22 points to lead Andale, while Jamal Rogers had 10 to lead Haven.
Shawnee Heights 72, Andover Central 67 – In the Ralph Miller Classic semifinals, Andover Central led by one at halftime but couldn’t maintain the lead in the third quarter. Cole Taylor had 33 points and Brock Schaffer 16 for Andover Central.
Goddard 69, Joplin (Mo.) 43 – Tate Vang scored a season-high 32 points and freshman Bryant Mocaby added 21 as the Lions won their losers bracket game in the Ralph Miller Classic in Chanute. Goddard meets Chanute for fifth place Saturday.
Conway Springs 73, Belle Plaine 64 – Brandon Happy scored 32 points for Belle Plaine, but it wasn’t enough to help the Dragons win the Chaparral losers bracket game. Dylan Murphy led Conway with 24 points.
Eisenhower 55, Louisburg 47 – Eisenhower rallied from a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. Bailey Strunk had 16 points and Matt Pile had 14 as the Tigers won the seventh-place game at the Spring Hill tournament.
Buhler 70, Mulvane 31 – Buhler raced to a 29-9 first-quarter lead, then outscored Mulvane 35-10 in the second half. Jessica Steffen scored 22 points to lead Buhler.
Hutchinson 57, Maize South 48 – Sydney Mortensen scored 32 points in Maize South’s loss. Hutchinson took the lead for good in the third quarter and got 14 points from Shayla DeGarmo and 13 from Jordan Downing.
Andover 56, Goodland 35 – Jaylyn Agnew’s 30 points led Andover easily past Goodland and into the Salina Invitational final. Andover led 20-11 after the first quarter.