Boys Prep Hoops Roundup
SLATER -- Coming off three straight losses, including a dispiriting second-half skid during a 61-40 setback against Fayette three days earlier, the Slater boys recorded what head coach Bob Gonzalez called "a big win" Friday in downing visiting Lewis and Clark Conference rival Westran in overtime, 61-58.
The Wildcats came back from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit, even though their leading scorer -- senior Chad Wiseman -- had fouled out. However, senior Beau Mullins took up the slack, scoring 13 of his game-high 19 points during the final 12 minutes -- including seven of Slater's nine points during the extra frame.
"We needed someone else to step up and score," Gonzalez said. "We had other people capable of putting the ball in the hole. We can't have just one or two guys taking shots."
Mullins did his part to involve teammates, dishing out seven of the 'Cats' season-best 13 assists. That especially helped sophomore Tyrone Wright, who added 14 points before picking up his fifth foul. Slater was in contention throughout the contest and was given a boost when the Hornets missed five of eight free throws during the fourth quarter.
"We came out as aggressive as we have all year," Gonzalez explained. "That set the tone for how we'd play all game."
Massive 6-foot-6 sophomore Greg Johannaber scored 19 points and junior Jeremy Odneal had 14 points for Westran (1-5, 0-1 L&C). But the Hornets were unable to dominate the boards, holding a slim 29-26 edge -- offset by Slater's 13-9 advantage in takeaways.
Wiseman notched 12 points and junior Dominique Falls contributed nine points and seven rebounds. The 'Cats (2-3, 1-1) have a tough league road game ahead Tuesday at Paris. Santa Fe 57, Wellington 54
ALMA -- Senior Austin Rolf's game-winning jumper at the buzzer gave Santa Fe a 57-54 victory over Wellington-Napoleon during Friday's I-70 Conference opener at Alma.
The two sides traded leads throughout the contest, with a three-pointer by senior Joe Michael putting the Chiefs ahead late in the fourth quarter. Two Rolf free throws with 24 seconds remaining put the Tigers down by three points until senior Logan Waterworth drained a bomb with a hand in his face.
Following a Santa Fe timeout with nine seconds left, senior Daniel Boland found Rolf on the right wing. Rolf lost the handle momentarily, but chased the ball down at the top of the key and fired before the horn sounded.
"We were much more consistent on offense throughout the game," noted Chiefs head coach Gary Littrell. There was a slight slump when Wellington switched to a 2-3 zone during the second quarter, but "the kids adjusted well in the second half and attacked the zone with intelligence.
"Even when they went from the 2-3 to a box-and-one on Rolf" -- who scored eight points during the third period -- "we still attacked much better," Littrell added.
Waterworth's 19 points led the Tigers (3-3, 0-2 I-70), with junior Kellen Hendrix contributing 12 points.
Rolf wound up with 19 points and Michael recorded 18 points and seven rebounds for Santa Fe (3-1, 1-0), which hosts Sweet Springs on Tuesday. Green Ridge 52, Sweet Springs 51
SWEET SPRINGS -- Sweet Springs held a seven-point halftime lead against visiting Green Ridge on Friday, but couldn't hold on as a 16-8 third-quarter run put the Tigers in front for a 52-51 non-conference decision.
Junior Matt Harding led Green Ridge (6-0) with 18 points, with senior Greg Ficken adding 16 and junior Anthony Shoop getting ten.
The Greyhounds got most of their offense from senior guards Paul Winfrey and Jeff Sims, who had 27 points between them. Senior Brad Wilson and junior Caleb Dohrman, after combining for 40 points during each of the previous two days, were held to 17 points.
Sweet Springs (4-2) will meet fellow league co-leader Santa Fe on Tuesday in Alma, a rematch of the I-70 Conference Tournament championship game won by the 'Hounds on Dec. 1.