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Collegiate clamps down on Great Bend

El Dorado's Collin Just (42) pulls down a rebound against Campus in the 2nd quarter during the Bluestem Classic in El Dorado Thursday. (Jan. 17, 2013)
El Dorado's Collin Just (42) pulls down a rebound against Campus in the 2nd quarter during the Bluestem Classic in El Dorado Thursday. (Jan. 17, 2013) The Wichita Eagle

It’s obvious what’s important to Collegiate’s basketball team. It’s what the fans chant, it’s written on the Spartans’ uniforms, it’s even what the players say in the huddle: Defense.

That’s why it was no surprise when Collegiate’s defense became the deciding factor in its 43-34 win over Great Bend on Thursday in the first round of the Bluestem Classic boys basketball tournament.

“In the first half (Collegiate) really exploited us defensively, and their defense was incredible and they got after us, that was the difference in the first half,” Great Bend coach Chris Battin said. “Ultimately in the end we just didn’t hit enough shots to make a difference, and that was a credit to their defense as well.”

Collegiate took a 22-14 lead by halftime, after outscoring Great Bend by five in the second quarter. Great Bend began to cut into Collegiate’s lead when Bryce Beck scored a three-pointer with 4:33 remaining in the third quarter, and finished the period with a three-point play from Ethan Henderson to cut Collegiate’s lead to two heading into the fourth quarter.

“I didn’t expect (Great Bend) to just lay down and let us win,” Collegiate coach Mitch Fiegel said. “I was frustrated, but a little more so with our lack of offensive execution at that point.”

Great Bend tied the score 15 seconds into the fourth quarter. Collegiate finished the game with a 14-5 run. Collegiate made 9 of 12 free throws in the final period.

“Our defense, the goal is not to get them in the first half, it’s a 32-minute game, and our defense really starts getting to them by the 25th minute,” Collegiate’s Riley Kemmer said. “Every game they start getting tired towards the end, and that’s very noticeable in turnovers, and that’s the goal.”

Kemmer scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter, after sitting out most of the first half for foul trouble. Taj Holt had 12 points for Collegiate.

“It’s always hard when you get two fouls in the first half and Coach always pulls you. Everyone’s always like ‘you’re well rested for the second half,’ but it always puts you in a funk coming out,” Kemmer said. “I missed two layups pretty badly and I had a couple fouls, but when I got into it in the fourth, I started knocking down my free throws and that got us going.”

Gardner-Edgerton 58, Trinity 45 —

Gardner had only won two games before Friday, but advanced to the semifinals with a win over Trinity.

“We didn’t play magnificently, but our guys played with good energy and limited their looks, and we feel pretty strongly that if we play well we can play with anybody. We’ve been playing better basketball lately,” Gardner coach Jeff Langreher said.

Gardner took an early lead over Trinity, finishing the first quarter 16-8. Although Trinity outscored Gardner 14-12 in the second quarter, the Trailblazers held onto a six-point lead at halftime.

“We just didn’t get off to a great start, we didn’t come with a lot of enthusiasm and energy like we usually do. We’re not a very tall team, so we usually rely on our quickness, and we were just a step slow today,” Trinity coach Steve Miller said.

El Dorado 73, Campus 55 — When Campus’ Jordan Sparks went down with an injury with 5:49 remaining in the second quarter against El Dorado, the Colts had just earned their first lead of the game.

Sparks’ injury required an ambulance, giving both teams a long timeout and trip to the locker room, which became a turning point of the game.

“When it happened I thought he got poked in the eye, but he was complaining about his neck. That’s all I’m going to tell you, but the prognosis looked like it might be positive,” Campus coach Russell Herman said.

El Dorado outscored Campus 20-2 for the remainder of the second quarter.

“We had the momentum when it happened, and that break hurt us, but I told the guys in the locker room, ‘If we come out flat after that, it should cost us two baskets,’ but it cost us nine baskets in five minutes,” Herman said. “We’ve struggled all year on our identity defensively.”

Campus pulled within seven points before the end of the game, with five three-pointers from Marcus Saucedo, but El Dorado outscored Campus by seven in the fourth quarter to give the Wildcats the win.

Saucedo finished with 25 points for Campus, while Travis House put up 22 points for El Dorado. Campus will play Trinity on Friday.

Kapaun 77, Circle 32 — Thomas O’Connor hit four three-pointers and finished with 18 points for Kapaun in the final game of the night. Braden Hullings added 16 and Toby Baxter had 12 for the Crusaders.

Collegiate 43, Great Bend 34

Great Bend 5 9 11 9 34
Collegiate 6 16 5 16 43

Great Bend: Marshall 4 0-0 8, Touslee 0 0-3 0, Ibarra 0 1-3 1, Beck 2 1-2 6, Henderson 5 4-4 14, Lutz 0 0-0 0, Joiner 2 0-0 5, Warren 0 0-0 0, Bayless 0 0-0 0, Wondra 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 (2) 6-12 34.

Collegiate: Behzadpour 3 3-3 9, Kemmer 1 5-5 7, Chugg 1 1-2 4, Christian 0 0-0 0, Root 3 0-0 6, Copher 0 3-4 3, Mann 1 0-0 2, Adams 0 0-0 0, Beren 0 0-0 0, Holt 3 4-5 12. Totals 12 (3) 16-19 43.

Gardner 58, Trinity 45

Gardner 16 12 18 12 58
Trinity 8 14 10 13 45

Gardner-Edgerton: Dodson 4 2-3 11, Huppe 6 7-9 23, Wrench 0 5-6 5, Hultgren 1 0-0 2, Carpenter 2 0-0 4, Plank 0 0-0 0, Wright 2 3-4 7, Clarke 1 0-0 2, Lang 2 0-1 4. Totals 18 (5) 17-23 58.

Trinity Acedemy: R. Miller 6 5-6 18, Burns 1 1-2 3, Loon 1 0-0 2, Jones 2 2-5 6, Mosley 2 0-0 4, Carro 4 0-0 9, Johnson 0 2-2 2, P. Miller 0 0-0 0, Shanks 0 1-4 1. Totals 16 (2) 11-19 45.

El Dorado 73, Campus 55

Campus 17 9 14 15 55
El Dorado 18 23 10 22 73

Campus: Vaden 4 5-8 14, Flax 0 3-5 3, Sparks 0 0-0 0, Strotkamp 0 0-0 0, Saucedo 8 2-2 25, Nicks 1 0-0 3, Moore 1 0-0 2, Chavez 2 0-0 5, Schutt 0 0-0 0, Hyde 1 0-0 3, Smith 0 0-0 0, Solis 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 (11) 10-15 55.

El Dorado: Crain 4 0-0 8, House 7 4-7 22, Haines 2 1-2 5, Haury 6 3-3 15, Riffel 5 2-3 13, Scott 2 2-2 6, Just 2 0-2 4, Scanlon 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 (5) 12-19 73.

Kapaun 77, Circle 32

Circle 4 13 9 6 32
Kapaun 14 19 34 10 77

Circle: Fowler 0 1-2 1, Kirkpatrick 2 0-2 4, Lechner 0 0-0 0, Blaha 0 0-0 0, Lara 1 2-2 4, Cannon 3 1-2 7, Davis 0 1-2 1, Smith 0 0-0 0, Richard 1 1-1 3, Dennison 3 0-0 6, Wright 3 0-0 6, Scott 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 6-11 32.

Kapaun: Ewers 1 0-0 2, Hullings 6 2-2 16, Baxter 5 1-2 12, Lickteig 5 0-1 10, O’Connor 7 0-0 18, Santiago 2 0-0 4, Cherne 3 0-1 7, Akao 1 1-1 3, Gross 2 0-0 5. Totals 32 (9) 4-7 77.

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