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Maize boys beat Goddard to win fourth straight, advance to 5A sub-state final (+video)

Maize's Daylyn Johnson (3) drives to the basket against Goddard in the fourth quarter.
Maize's Daylyn Johnson (3) drives to the basket against Goddard in the fourth quarter. The Wichita Eagle

The stretch of three wins in 10 games isn’t what Maize boys coach Chris Grill calls a slump.

“We played a lot of good teams,” said Grill, whose team lost to Heights, 5A’s top-ranked team, twice in that span of more than a month. “You call it a slump, but you play good teams, it’s tough. We lost a lot of close games. We lost three, four of them really close. We couldn’t win the close ones.”

After opening the season 7-0, it was a rough period.

Maize boys beat Goddard in a Class 5A sub-state semifinal on March 2, 2016. Maize went on a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter -- using an excellent play by Drake Spence -- to run away with the game. Video by Joanna Chadwick of the Wichita Eagle and V

“It was frustrating,” Maize senior Drake Spence said. “I’m happy it’s over with.”

Maize won its fourth straight game on Wednesday night, beating Goddard 70-55 in a Class 5A sub-state semifinal. Maize (14-7) will play at Liberal (16-5) at 6 p.m. Friday for a state tournament berth.

That’s the definition of our team there. We really like to hustle and get out in transition, play as a team.

Maize sophomore Dalyn Johnson

While Maize beat Goddard by double digits, it didn’t pull away until the final minutes.

Goddard scored the final seven points of the first half, getting a last-second three-pointer from sophomore Bryant Mocaby for a 30-28 halftime lead. Mocaby finished with 15 points.

The Lions led 41-39 late in the third quarter after a three-point play by senior Tate Vang, who scored a game-high 22 points.

But Maize got back-to-back three-pointers by Caleb Grill and Dalyn Johnson to take the lead for good with 1:01 remaining.

Such clutch shooting likely came from the confidence earned in Maize’s wins over Salina South and Salina Central, both by three points, late in the regular season.

Maize lost 7 of 10 games, including twice to Heights, which is ranked first in Class 5A by the coaches association

“Recently we won the close ones,” Grill said. “It helped our confidence.”

Goddard’s zone defense held Maize in check for the first three periods. Goddard shot 16 of 30 from the field and 3 of 7 from three-point range, as well.

But Maize scored 25 points in the fourth quarter, including a 13-2 run over a two-minute period.

“They made some big plays there in the fourth quarter and got a little comfortable with our zone,” Goddard coach Kyle Taylor said. “… They scored 25 points in the fourth quarter; that’s way too many to give up.”

Maize’s run started with a Jacob Schultz basket inside with 3:23 to go. After a missed Goddard shot, Maize sophomore Dalyn Johnson got the rebound and scored on a jumper.

16points scored by Maize sophomore Dalyn Johnson

11 points scored by Maize senior Jacob Schultz

8points scored by four Maize players

Coming out of a Goddard timeout, Spence dove on the floor for a loose ball and tipped it out to Johnson at halfcourt. Johnson raced to the basket, finding Grant Bugbee for the easy layup.

“That’s the definition of our team there,” said Johnson, who scored eight of his team-high 16 points in the final period. “We really like to hustle and get out in transition, play as a team.”

Grill added: “You’ve got to make those kind of plays. Especially loose-ball kind of plays. We were able to make that one happen and converted on the other end, which is big.”

All nine of Maize’s players scored. Schultz added 11 points, while Troy Baker, Austin Ohnmeis, Jared Ledbetter and Caleb Grill had eight apiece.

Goddard

13

17

14

11

55

Maize

16

12

17

25

70

Goddard: Mocaby 15, T. Vang 22, L. Vang 2, Patterson 4, McSwain 7, Johnson 1, Sullivan 2, Morrow 2

Maize: Schultz 11, Spence 4, Baker 8, Ohnmeis 8, Bugbee 2, Ledbetter 8, Johnson 16, Jobe 5, Grill 8

Maize lost 7 of 10 games, including twice to Heights, which is ranked first in Class 5A by the coaches association

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