Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
BATTLING ON THE COURT
Drexel wins; Archie, Midway in consolation bracket
A 40-8 lead at halftime took No. 1 seeded Drexel to a 76-20 victory over No. 8 seeded Harrisonville junior varsity in the first round of the Archie Tournament Jan. 24.
The boys came out and did a nice job of applying pressure and creating turnovers, Drexel head coach Dennis Bolton said. We were able to see some things come together that we had been working on. I am excited to see us continuing to grow as a team.
The Bobcats outscored the Wildcats in every quarter, leading 19-4 at the end of the first quarter and 59-16 at the end of the third quarter.
Drexel was led in scoring by CJ Bolton with 24 points and Chris Wilson with 19 points. Cody Russell had 10 points and Blake Seba added seven points. Javyn Johnston and Trevor Stewart both had five points and Justin Thomas and Trevor Cooley added one point each.
The Bobcats, 12-2, competed against No . 4 seeded Barstow in the semifinals Jan. 26. A win gives Drexel a chance for a tournament championship at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
Harrisonville was led in scoring by Tyler DeCavele with 11 points. Bryant Kanies had five points and Austin Royal and Casey Hofer added two points each. The Wildcats faced No. 5 seeded Archie in the consolation semifinals Jan. 25.
A strong second and fourth quarter werent enough to vault No. 5 seeded Archie over No. 4 seeded Barstow in the first round game Jan. 23 of the Archie Tournament. The Knights won the contest 54-47.
We got down early in this game, but battled back and got to within six late in the fourth quarter, Archie head coach Preston Shipley said. We played with good effort. Im proud of the way that we battled. We are making too many unforced errors to be successful against quality teams. We really struggled to execute any offense. We are doing a better job of attacking the rim, getting to the rim 25 times in this contest.
Barstow started out the game with a 17-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but in the start of the second quarter, the Whirlwinds fought back with two free throws by Paul McAlexander and a three-pointer from Aaron Mills to close the gap at 17-14. The Knights still led 26-22 at halftime, despite Archie outscoring Barstow 13-9.
The third quarter belonged to the Knights again, as Barstow put in 15 points to Archies nine to lead 41-31. The Whirlwinds pushed again in the fourth quarter to outscore Barstow 16-13, but it wasnt enough as the Knights sealed their 54-47 victory.
Archie was led in scoring by McAlexander with 23 points, followed by Mills with 12 points. Daniel Timme had five points, Ethan Romi added three points and Boston Dickerson and Walter Eastwood had two points apiece.
The Whirlwinds, 7-6, took on No. 8 seeded Harrisonville junior varsity in the consolation semifinals Jan. 25. With a victory, Archie moves to the fifth place game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.
Even though No. 2 seeded Lone Jack defeated No. 7 seeded Midway 67-52 in the first round of the Archie Tournament Jan. 24, the game was closer than it seemed.
The Mules had a 14-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Vikings fought back in the second quarter to close the gap to 26-25 at halftime. Midway took over a 34-30 lead in the third quarter, but a 14-0 run by Lone Jack gave the Mules a 44-34 advantage. Lone Jack led 46-40 going in to the last eight minutes of play.
We shot the ball real well most of the night and executed our defensive game plan all night, Midway head coach Brett Burchett said. We had a key stretch in the third quarter after we took the four-point lead where we turned the ball over several times that let them get going. They are too good in the open floor to give them those opportunities.
In the fourth quarter, the Vikings kept battling, getting within five points with the score at 50-45, but a 11-0 run by Lone Jack gave the Mules a comfortable 61-45 lead.
We showed that we are capable of being a very good team and can play with anybody, Burchett said. We just have to eliminate our bad stretches and put it all together for all four quarters to be able to beat the really good teams like Lone Jack.
Midway was led in scoring by Dylan Wise with 14 points, followed by Christian Cromer and Peyton Semsch with 10 points each. Taylor Ayres added nine points and Bryan Fregeau had three points. Tyler Yahnig, Bobby Zielinski and Mason Irvin added two points each.
The Vikings, 8-6, took on No. 3 seeded Adrian in the consolation semifinals Wednesday. A victory would put Midway into the fifth place game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.
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