Thursday Sub-State Boys: 5 Broncs in double figures help oust Longhorns
The Class 3A Cimarron Boys Basketball Sub-State Semifinals were about as good as it could get on Thursday, capped off by two teams who, in the first half, looked like they were bound to burn out the scoreboard lights at the Bluejays' gym.
But after things settled down, the boys basketball teams from Lakin and Holcomb capped off what was a wild night of basketball with a scorefest of sorts.
Five Broncs finished in double figures as Lakin (18-4) advanced to the Sub-State Championship game with an 80-72 win over the Longhorns, in part because the Broncs were able to stand every time the Holcomb offense would get warm in the second half.
Neither team could take control of the first half - it was 20-all after the first eight minutes, and a late three-pointer pushed Lakin into the lead at halftime, 41-39.
Holcomb (13-9) would try to make a run every time Lakin looked to pull away, and was within two points late in the fourth quarter, but the Broncs turned up the heat on defense and managed to hold on for the win.
Hunter Davis led the quintet of double-digit scorers for the Broncs with 14 points. Dominic Daniels, Jace Bachmann and Alan Martinez added 12 points each, while Servando Gonzalez added 10 for Lakin, who shot over 50 percent from the floor for the game, and made 15 3-pointers.
Cooper Autry led all scorers with 21 points for Holcomb, while Jackson Stoppell added 15, Colby Hands 13 and Zephyn Mason 12 for the Longhorns.
In other Boys Sub-State action from Thursday:
Colby 49, Hugoton 48
In the first game at Cimarron, neither team could take more than a seven-point lead, but a 3-pointer from Hunter Vaughn late in the fourth quarter gave the Eagles the lead for good, punching the ticket to their first Sub-State Championship Game appearance since 2009.
The inside play of Jadan Siranda (14 points) and Peyton Wahlmeier (13 points) made the difference for Colby (15-7), who will play Lakin at 7:30 pm Saturday in Cimarron for the right to go to the state tournament. Vaughn added 10 points for the Eagles.
Hayden Harnash had a game-high 18 points, and Ivan Valles added 10 for Hugoton, who ended their season at 17-5.
Greeley County 58, Golden Plains 40
Jaxson Brandl scored 20 points, while Fabel Yanez added 14 to help the Jackrabbits advance to the Sub-State Championship game at Russell on Saturday. Greeley County (16-8) will play Stockton (13-11), who beat Central Plains, 44-41, in the other semifinal. Horby Weese had a game-high 22 points for Golden Plains, who ends their season at 6-19.
1A Pratt CC
Meade 63, Stafford 43
The Buffaloes (19-4) came back from a halftime deficit in a big way, outscoring Stafford (12-12), 40-16, in the second half for the win. Meade will play Coldwater-South Central (19-5) on Saturday. South Central beat Hodgeman County in the other semifinal, 45-36.