Chargers rally for 75-71 OT tourney win over St. Marys – Sports – The Topeka Capital-Journal

It was the worst of basketball and the best of basketball for Topeka West.

The Chargers struggled mightily against Class 3A St. Marys for the first three and a half quarters in Thursday’s opening-round game of the Topeka Invitational Tournament, falling behind by 14 points with less than five and a half minutes left in regulation and by 10 with just over three minutes remaining.

But as bad as things had gone for West (5-2) to that point, the Chargers were just as good down the stretch, using a 30-point fourth quarter to force overtime (63-63) and riding a 7-2 run in the OT to escape with a 75-71 victory at Hayden.

Topeka West advanced to a 7:30 p.m. semifinal Friday night to face Wichita Northwest, a 75-73 winner over Topeka High. The 6 p.m. semifinal will pit Highland Park against Lawrence. Highland Park took a 47-42 win over Kansas City-Washington while Lawrence topped host Hayden, 62-47.

“I’m going to tell you what, I’ve had a lot of comebacks, but as bad as we played the first three and a half quarters, and to come back like that after everybody having pity parties on their selves, that was a great comeback,” Topeka West coach Rick Bloomquist said. “This team did a great job of not allowing themselves to give up.”

As surprising as the comeback might have been, what was even more surprising was that West mounted its rally with a number of reserves coming up huge.

Junior Dylan Wolf, who didn’t play until the fourth quarter, finished with 10 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and going 4 of 4 at the free-throw line, while freshman Xavier Alexander forced the overtime by hitting 2 of 3 free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt with 7.2 seconds left.

After a tie at 65 early in the overtime, sophomore Elijah Brooks scored with 1:45 left to put West ahead to stay and converted a three-point play at the 1:26 mark to give the Chargers a 70-65 lead with 1:34 left.

Brooks finished with a game-high 22 points for Topeka West, while junior Trevion Alexander added 21 points.

In addition to Wolf and Xavier Alexander, the Chargers also got key contributions off the bench from juniors Aaron Lira and William Peterson and senior Chris Hargreaves.

After trailing 17-16 at the end of the first quarter, St. Marys (5-5), coached by former Kansas State guard Will Spradling, rallied for a 32-25 halftime lead on the strength of six first-half 3-pointers and 57.1% shooting and the Bears led 42-33 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Senior Caden Hurla led St. Marys with 21 points, including a 13-of-16 performance at the free-throw line, while senior Rhett Murray had 13 points, junior Danny Moylan 12 and senior Bryan Schoemann 11 points.

“I’m going to tell you this right now, I’m a St. Marys fan,” Bloomquist said. “I’m going to follow them all year because they’re a nice little basketball team.

“I think they slapped us upside the face and we didn’t recover until about the last four minutes.”

St. Marys will play at 3 p.m. Friday, facing Topeka High in a consolation game.

HIGHLAND PARK 47, KC-WASHINGTON 42 — In a season of big steps, Highland Park took another one with its first-round win over the Wildcats.

After finishing last (eighth) in last year’s Topeka High Invitational, the Scots earned a berth in Friday’s semifinals with their second win of the season over Washington.

“In tournaments, whether you win by 15 or 20 or one, as long as you come out on that other side and move forward, it’s a good thing,” Highland Park coach Michael Williams said.

“Think about the guys in our locker room, they’ve never been on the winner’s side of the bracket, so us winning today is brand new territory. All we want to do is win and advance.”

The Scots and Wildcats were tied at 7-7 after one quarter and 13-13 at the half before Highland Park went in front 28-22 at the end of the third quarter and fought off the Wildcats (4-7) the rest of the way.

CJ Powell, a 6-foot-7 junior, had a big night for the Scots, finishing with a game-high 21 points, while junior Jahi Peppers added 10 points, going 8 of 8 at the free-throw line.

Junior Nate Johnson led Washington with 14 points.

LAWRENCE 62, HAYDEN 47 — Lawrence (5-3) took control early, outscoring Hayden 16-6 in the first quarter and taking a huge 39-22 lead to the locker room at the half.

Hayden played the Lions virtually even in the second half, outscoring Lawrence 24-23, but never could mount a serious challenge.

Senior John Roeder was the lone player in double figures with 18 points.

Senior Peyton Mallory led Lawrence with 15 points, while junior Zeke Mayo had 14 points and senior Bryce Johnson 12.

Hayden will face Washington in a 4:30 p.m. consolation game Friday.

WICHITA NORTHWEST 75, TOPEKA HIGH 73 — Wichita Northwest (5-6) overcame a monster night from Topeka High 6-6 senior King Sutton to advance to the semifinals with a hard-earned win.

Sutton scored 38 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but Northwest countered with 10 3-pointers and four players in double figures.

Junior Braydon Verbeck had 19 points and four 3s while junior June Wilson had 17 points and four 3s, senior Easton Ruffin 12 points and junior David Duncan 11 points.

Junior Geivonnii Williams added 10 points for Topeka High (4-4) before fouling out.

 

TOPEKA WEST 75, ST. MARYS 71 (OT)

St. Marys;16;16;10;21;8;—;71

Topeka West;17;8;8;30;12;—;75

St. Marys (5-5) —Moylan 4 0-0 12, C. Hurla 3 13-16 21, Murray 4 4-5 13, Schoemann 3 5-9 11, Criqui 0 0-0 0, J. Hurla 2 2-2 8, Ewing 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 24-32 71.

Topeka West (5-2) — Harrison 1 0-0 2, Brooks 8 5-10 22, Bitler 2 0-2 5, T. Alexander 8 5-7 21, Lowery 2 0-0 4, Lira 2 2-4 7, Wolf 2 4-4 10, Peterson 0 0-0 0, Wilkerson 1 0-0 2, X. Alexander 0 2-3 2, Elder 0 0-0 0, Hargreaves 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 18-30 75.

3-point goals — St. Marys 9 (Moylan 4, J. Hurla 2, C. Hurla 2, Murray 1), Topeka West 5 (Wolf 2, Lira, Brooks, Bitler). Total fouls — St. Marys 21, Topeka West 25. Fouled out — Murray, T. Alexander.

HIGHLAND PARK 47, KC-WASHINGTON 42

Washington;7;6;9;20;—;42

Highland Park;7;6;15;19;—;47

KC-Washington (4-7) — Easley 2 0-0 4, Angelo 0 0-0 0, Grant 2 1-2 6, Johnson 5 3-5 14, Brown 3 2-2 9, Foster 0 3-4 3, Alexander 0 0-0 0, Thomas 2 0-0 6. Totals 14 9-13 42.

Highland Park (7-2) — Peppers 1 8-8 10, Powell 10 1-2 21, Curry 1 0-0 2, Daniels 1 2-3 4, Roberts 2 2-2 6, Hernandez 1 2-2 4, Kendrick 0 0-0 0, Prosper 0 0-0 0, Flores 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 15-17 47.

3-point goals — Washington 5 (Thomas 2, Grant, Johnson, Brown). Total fouls — Washington 19, Highland Park 16. Fouled out — none.

LAWRENCE 62, HAYDEN 47

Hayden;7;16;15;9;—:47

Lawrence:16;23;13;10;—;62

Hayden (3-6) — Roeder 5 6-6 18, Pivarnik 1 1-2 4, Chisham 0 0-0 0, Triplett 4 0-0 9, Schneider 1 2-2 4, Muller 3 0-0 6, Pavlik 2 0-0 6, Otting 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 9-10 47.

Lawrence (5-3) — Mayo 6 0-0 14, Mallory 5 3-4 15, Johnson 4 3-3 12, Quartlebaum 2 1-2 5, Littlehead 2 2-2 6, Dotson 1 1-2 4, White 3 0-2 6, Bentzinger 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-1 0, Hill 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 10-16 62.

3-point goals — Hayden 5 (Roeder 2, Pavlik 2, Pivarnik), Lawrence 6 (Mayo 2, Mallory 2, Dotson, Johnson). Total fouls — Hayden 12, Lawrence 12. Fouled out — none.

WICHITA NORTHWEST 75, TOPEKA HIGH 73

Topeka High;20;16;11;26;—;73

Wichita NW;15;18;16;26;–;75

Topeka High (4-4) — Cooks 3 0-0 8, Smith 1 4-8 6, Sutton 14 8-9 38, Esquibel 3 0-0 7, Jackson 1 0-02, Chapman 1 0-0 2, Carr 0 0-0 0, James 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 12-17 73.

Wichita Northwest (5-6) — Ruffin 4 5-6 14, Wilson 6 1-2 17, Duncan 4 3-5 11, Verbeck 5 5-8 19, Stewart 3 0-6, Garrett 0 2-2 2, Goodwin 2 1-2 6. Totals 24 17-26 75.

3-point goals — Topeka High 7 (Cooks 2, Sutton 2, Williams 2, Esquibel), Wichita Northwest 10 (Wilson 4, Verbeck 4, Ruffin, Goodwin). Total fouls — Topeka High 21, Wichita NW 14. Fouled out — Williams. 

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