By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

Despite a nervous start in their first-round game of the 68th Annual Dodge City Tournament of Champions, the unbeaten Class 3A Scott City Beavers powered their way to a 72-62 victory over Class 6A Wichita West on Thursday at the Civic Center.

The Beavers faced a box-and-one defense on their leading scorer, senior Ron Baker, and it took them some time to adjust to the surroundings of one of the state's oldest and most prestigious midseason basketball tournaments.

"We were a little tight early," said Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil. "We didn't shoot the ball particularly well and the rims seemed a little tigher than normal to us. I think we went about the last three minutes of the first quarter without scoring."

Despite that, the Beavers still led 14-8 after one period and the teams had a 10-10 standoff in the second quarter, providing a 24-18 halftime lead for Scott City.

"We got some fast breaks, some easy transitions to offset our shooting," O'Neil said. "We got decent looks but the shots just didn't fall."

The pace of the game increased in the second half as the Beavers got their high-powered offense in gear, outscoring the Pioneers 20-14 in the third to take a 44-32 lead into the final period. West won the fourth quarter, 30-28, but couldn't overcome the Beavers' advantage.

"Overall, we played hard and relatively smart," O'Neil said. "We played together and that's always important to our success."

Baker, a 6-2 senior guard/forward, finished with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-13 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws. For the game, the Beavers were a blistering 25-of-31 (80.6 percent) from the charity stripe. West managed just 2-of-11 at the line.

"I thought we ran the floor well early," O'Neil said. "We won the first one so we didn't go down there and lay an egg. Now, we can win perhaps one or two more and have a good feeling about how we did there."

Tyler Hess, coming off the bench, scored 13 points while sophomore guard Brett O'Neil had 10 points and eight assists.

"We always expect somebody to give us a lift off the bench," O'Neil said. "Last night, it was Tyler."

Chris Banks scored 15 for Wichita, and Daylin Thomas had 10.

The Beavers advance to the semifinals today at 7 p.m. against Class 6A Derby, a 59-47 winner over Ulysses.

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Wichita West 8 10 14 30 -- 62

Scott City 14 10 20 28 -- 72

Wichita West Bradley 7-14 0-1 17, Banks 6-8 1-4 15, Thomas 4-8 1-2 10, Jones 3-5 0-0 8, Flournoy 2-8 0-2 6, Handy 1-4 0-0 2, Kelly 1-3 0-0 2, Griffin 1-3 0-0 2, Mboob 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 25-55 2-11 62.

Scott City Baker 8-13 6-6 23, Hess 4-5 5-8 13, O'Neil 1-8 8-9 10, Robinson 4-8 1-2 9, Meyer 3-8 2-2 8, Kite 2-3 1-2 5, Turner 1-4 2-2 4, Roemer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-50 25-31 72.

3-point goals Wichita West 10-20 (Bradley 3-4, Flournoy 2-5, Banks 2-4, Jones 2-4, Thomas 1-1, Kelly 0-1, Mboob 0-1), Scott City 1-8 (Baker 1-4, O'Neil 0-2, Robinson 0-2).

Derby 59, Ulysses 47

At Dodge City, Derby and Ulysses fought to a very close 16-13 first quarter score, but Derby pulled away in the following quarters.

Led by Kyler Steadman's 18 points, Derby (4-4) dropped Ulysses, 59-47, in the team's first round game of the Tournament of Champions.

Ulysses (6-4) was led by Kyle Zerr and Garrett Kissell who had 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Tigers outscored the Panthers 16-14 in the final quarter but by then the lead was too large for the Tigers to overcome.

Derby advances to the semifinals of the tournament today. The Panthers will meet Scott City at 7 p.m. Ulysses moves to the consolation bracket and was scheduled to play Wichita West at 2 p.m.

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Ulysses 13 5 13 16 -- 47

Derby 16 11 18 14 -- 59

Ulysses Zerr 5-12 1-2 12, Kissell 5-10 0-0 10, Newell 4-8 0-1 9, Jarnagin 3-9 0-0 6, Oliver 2-2 0-0 4, Moore 1-3 2-6 4, Langston 0-3 0-0 0. Total 21-52 3-9 47.

Derby Steadman 6-8 2-2 18, Richardson 3-10 5-6 11, Cornelius 5-8 1-2 9, Roman 2-6 2-2 7, Sparks 2-6 2-3 6, Smith 1-5 2-2 4, Granger 2-4 0-0 4, Chambers 0-3 0-0 0. Total 20-50 14-17 59.

3-point goals Ulysses 2-10 (Newel 1-2, Zerr 1-7), Derby 5-14 (Steadman 4-6, Roman 1-2, Smith 0-3, Richardson 0-1, Sparks 0-2). Rebounds Ulysses 33 (Moore 9), Derby 32 (Cornelius 11).

Deerfield 63, Syracuse Christian 16

At Deerfield, Brennan Wood scored 25 points as Deerfield dominated Syracuse Christian Academy, 63-16.

Syracuse Christian was held scoreless in the first quarter and scored only three points in the first half. Deerfield's (4-8) offense never slowed down as it made 31 field goals in the 47-point win.

Deerfield will be off until Tuesday when it visits Moscow in a Santa Fe Trail league game.

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Syracuse Christian 0 3 7 6 -- 16

Deerfield 18 16 19 10 -- 63

Syracuse Christian Masson 4 0-0 8, Taylor 1 0-0 3, Shironaka 1 0-2 2, Unruh 0 2-4 2, Rodriguez 0 1-2 1, Total 6 3-8 16.

Deerfield Wood 12 1-2 25, Dinkel 5 0-0 10, A. Mata 2 0-0 5, M. Mata 2 0-0 4, Argueta 2 0-0 4, J. Calderon 2 0-2 4, A. Calderon 2 0-0 4, Terrazas 1 1-2 3, Pepper 1 0-0 2, Rincon 1 0-0 2. Total 30 2-6 63.

3-point goals Syracuse Christian 1 (Taylor 1), Deerfield 1 (A. Mata).