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Hullings leads Kapaun into championship game

Kapaun's Braden Hullings (2) brings the ball up court against Collegiate's Xzavaier Adams, left, in the 4th quarter during the Bluestem Classic at El Dorado High Friday. (Jan. 18, 2013)
Kapaun's Braden Hullings (2) brings the ball up court against Collegiate's Xzavaier Adams, left, in the 4th quarter during the Bluestem Classic at El Dorado High Friday. (Jan. 18, 2013) The Wichita Eagle

Collegiate was able to rally from a double-digit deficit numerous times against Kapaun Mount Carmel during Friday’s semifinal game at the Bluestem Classic.

But each time Collegiate was making a run, Kapaun had an answer for them in a 60-50 win over the Spartans that put the Crusaders in Saturday’s championship game against Gardner-Edgerton.

“They got answers. His name is (Braden) Hullings,” Collegiate coach Mitch Fiegel said about Kapaun’s senior guard. “I told him after the game, I said, ‘Man, I love watching you play, except for one night a year.’ I’ve enjoyed over the years watching him develop. He is just such a good player.”

And it was Hullings’ 21 points that made all the difference.

“It’s nice that Braden showed up and started to hit some really tough shots,” Kapaun coach John Cherne said. “That’s something that he is going to have to start facing the second time around in the City League.”

Kapaun’s lead reached as many as 14 points late in the third quarter before Collegiate made the best of its many comeback attempts.

Collegiate’s Riley Kemmer connected on a three-pointer to answer a three by Hullings that cut the score to 52-44, and after Kapaun was called for a charge at the other end, Kemmer knocked in another bucket to make it a six-point game with about five minutes to play.

That’s when Hullings did the brunt of his work, making 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to preserve the Kapaun victory.

“We told our kids before the game that I really feel Kapaun Mount Carmel looks like what the elite teams look like in 4A,” Fiegel said. “The special guys get the term ‘player,’ and (Hullings) is a player. He’s the kind of guy you want to enjoy every single second that you coach him. I thought basically tonight he was the difference.”

The championship game between Kapaun and Gardner-Edgerton will begin at 6:30 p.m. Collegiate plays El Dorado at 4:45 p.m.

Wichita Trinity 62, Campus 55 — Wichita’s Trinity Academy held off a resilient Campus squad to win the first game of the consolation bracket 62-55 on Friday.

The two teams combined for 15 three-pointers. Trinity trailed by as much as five in the second half before a big run gave the Knights at double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.

“The guys were really pleased with getting the victory and getting into the consolation championship,” Trinity coach Steve Miller said. “Of course we’d love to be on the winners’ side, but we can still come out of this 2-1 if we play well tomorrow.”

Trinity’s Ryan Miller led all players with 23 points, while Trinity’s Matt Jones and Campus’ Austin Vaden each had 15.

Trinity will play Great Bend Saturday at 3 p.m. in the fifth-place game.

Great Bend 43, Circle 32 —Neither team was able to find much production on offense, combing for only 19 made field goals. Eighteen of Great Bend’s points came via the foul line.

“Circle did a nice job. They muddied up the waters defensively and really did a nice job against us,” Great Bend coach Chris Battin said. “We took better care of the basketball tonight. We knocked down some shots where we didn’t knock down any last night.”

Only Great Bend’s Brock Ibarra (10) and Circle’s Stewart Dennison (11) scored in double digits.

Great Bend will play Trinity at 3 p.m. today in the fifth-place game, with Circle getting Campus at 1:30 p.m. in the seventh-place game.

Gardner-Edgerton 62, El Dorado 46 Gardner-Edgerton will get a crack at the tournament championship after running away from tournament host El Dorado to advance to Saturday’s championship against Kapaun.

Gardner entered the tournament with a losing record, compared to the one loss of El Dorado, but after outscoring the Wildcats 18-6 in the third quarter and knocking down 10 three-pointers for the game, it became clear that Gardner is no fluke.

“We try not to identify ourselves by our record because we play in a really good league and I know a lot of these teams play in a really good league, like Kapaun Mount Carmel,” Gardner coach Jeff Langrehr said. “But the Eastern Kansas League is a bear and has many of the state’s best teams. So we feel we are tried and true.”

Gardner was led by the 19 points of Kyle Huppe, who made five three-pointers. Leading El Dorado were Trevor Crain with 12 and Travis House with 10.

Wichita Trinity 62, Campus 55

Wichita Trinity 20 10 19 13 62
Campus 12 17 11 15 55

TRINITY: R. Miller 9 4-8 23, Jones 6 0-0 15, Mosley 3 0-0 8, Burns 2 1-1 6, Carro 2 0-0 4, P. Miller, 1 0-0 2, Shanks 1 0-0 2, Loon 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 (7) 5-9 62.

CAMPUS: Vaden 6 0-0 15, Flax 4 1-3 10, Saucedo 3 0-0 8, Schutt 3 1-2 7, Strotkamp 3 0-1 6, Nicks 1 0-0 3, Solis 1 1-2 3, Moore 1 0-0 3. Totals 22 (8) 3-8 55.

Great Bend 43, Circle 32

Great Bend 13 10 5 15 43
Circle 8 9 4 11 32

GREAT BEND: B. Ibarra 3 2-2 10, Marshall 1 6-6 8, Touslee 3 0-2 6, Beck 1 4-4 6, Joiner 1 2-2 5, Henderson 1 2-5 4, Wondra 0 2-2 2, Bayless 1 0-0 2. Totals 11(3) 18-23 43.

CIRCLE: Dennison 5 1-4 11, Fowler 3 2-2 8, Cannon 2 2-3 6, Lara 1 0-0 3, Blaha 0 2-4 2, Richard 1 0-0 2. Totals 12(1) 7-15 32.

Kapaun Mount Carmel 60, Collegiate 50

Kapaun 15 16 18 11 60
Collegiate 9 15 15 13 50

KAPAUN MOUNT CARMEL: Hullings 5 10-12 21, Akao 4 1-2 10, Cherne 4 0-0 9, Baxter 3 2-2 8, Lickteig 4 0-1 8, O’Connor 1 0-0 2, Santiago 1 0-0 2. Totals 16(2) 13-17 60.

COLLEGIATE: Kemmer 6 5-5 18, Holt 5 0-2 13, Behzadpour 3 2-3 8, Root 1 3-7 5, Chugg 1 0-0 2, Mann 1 0-1 2, Copher 0 1-2 1, Christian 0 1-2 1. Totals 13(4) 12-22 50.

Gardner-Edgerton 62, El Dorado 46

Gardner-Edgerton 14 14 18 16 62
El Dorado 11 10 6 19 48

GARDNER-EDGERTON: Huppe 7 0-0 19, Wrench 4 1-2 10, Dodson 3 0-0 7, Plank 2 0-0 5, Wright 1 2-2 5, Hultgren 2 1-1 5, Carpenter 1 2-2 4, Clarke 1 2-4 4, Jo. Lang 1 0-1 3. Totals 22 (10) 8-12 62.

EL DORADO: Crain 5 1-2 12, House 1 8-10 10, Scott 2 3-3 8, Haury 2 4-8 8, Riffel 1 3-4 6, S. Haines 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 (3) 19-27 46.

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