By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

CIMARRON There was little drama to the final two games Wednesday night in the first round boys action of the Cimarron Bluejays Invitational.

Defending champion South Gray rolled past Deerfield, 76-41, while host Cimarron used a smothering defense to easily move past Dighton, 52-11, with both teams to meet in Friday night's semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Dighton and Deerfield will meet in a consolation game on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

In the Wednesday early first-round games, Meade ran past Healy 94-30, while Bucklin notched a 42-35 victory over Satanta. Meade and Bucklin will meet in the first Friday semifinal at 6 p.m., while Satanta and Healy face-off at 3 p.m. in a consolation matchup.

It didn't take the Rebels of South Gray long to live up to their "Runnin" nickname. Utilizing their quickness and pressure defense, the Rebels stormed out to a 21-3 lead after one quarter and breezed into halftime ahead 45-15.

"I thought we played hard on the ball and got after some loose balls in the first half," South Gray coach Mark Applegate said. "In the second half, I thought we just coasted and we have to improve on that."

Senior guard Chase Clancy revved up the Rebel fastbreak and finished with a game-high 30 points and Ricky Friesen added 13 to the winning effort.

With new faces dotting the Rebels' starting lineup, Applegate said the early season is a big learning curve.

"We've got some players who are getting used to the system and getting comfortable playing with each other," Applegate said after guiding last year's squad to a 24-2 record and the first-round of the Class 1A state tournament. "Chase is good at encouraging the others and Ricky does a good job. I thought Austin (Love) did a good job on the boards for us tonight."

Deerfield coach Shane Burns focused on the positives of the second half, in which South Gray outscored the Spartans 31-26 and liberally substituted giving its bench plenty of playing time.

"We rebounded better in the second half," Burns said. "We blocked out better. We'll use this to build on for Friday's game."

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Cimarron took Dighton out of the game early with a pressuring defense and easy baskets by jumping out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter. By the intermission, it was 26-7, and after three periods it was 40-11. The Hornets did not manage a point in the final eight minutes.

"I thought on the defensive end we played well and with intensity," Cimarron coach Doug Minneman said. "We kept them off the boards and I thought we took care of the ball better tonight."

Minneman was also pleased with the fastbreak opportunities generated by his team's early pressure.

"We got out and ran and got some easy baskets," Minneman said. "I thought we were disciplined on the offensive end and took good shots."

Up next for the Bluejays will be South Gray and Minneman knows his team is in for a battle.

"We had a great team effort tonight," Minneman said, "and we'll have to play our best to get a 'W' on Friday."

Wyatt Slaven's 12 points topped Cimarron's scoring, while Joey Franzitta added 11. In all, 10 players scored for the Bluejays. Guy Fullmer had six and Ryan Kuhlman five to account for Dighton's output.

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In Meade's romp over Healy, all 13 players for the Buffaloes scored, paced by Kellan Hernandez with 17. He was the lone double-digit scorer for the Buffs but seven other players scored between six and eight points. They hit 11 3-pointers three by Hernandez, four by Gunner Cordes and Kelly Ross added a pair.

Darrick York paced Healy with 15 points.

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Bucklin led just 9-5 after the first quarter against Satanta but then used a 21-6 run in the second period to take a commanding 30-11 advantage into halftime. The Indians made a mini-run at the Red Aces by outscoring them 13-1 in the third quarter to trim the deficit to 31-24, but they couldn't get any closer in the final period.

Zach Kreutzer's 21 points topped Bucklin's scoring attack, while Eric Essix had 14 points to pace Satanta.

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Tonight's action returns to the girls side of the tournament when defending champion South Gray's Lady Rebels meet Dighton's Lady Hornets in a rematch of one of last year's tournament semifinals and also a rematch of the Class 1A state tournament semis in Hays in March both were won by South Gray. That game tips off at 6 p.m. while host Cimarron takes on Satanta in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m.

In the two afternoon consolation games, Meade was to face Healy at 3 p.m. and Deerfield faces Bucklin at 4:30 p.m. Championship and consolation games are scheduled for Saturday with consolation games beginning at noon. The girls title game will tipoff at 6 p.m. and the boys at 8 p.m.

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Boys

Meade 94, Healy 30

Meade 24 36 19 15 94

Healy 11 12 5 2 30

Meade (2-0) Moshier 3 0-0 7, Hernandez 6 2-2 17, Little 3 0-0 6, Temaka-Frost 4 0-0 8, Cordes 6 0-0 16, Hardaway 3 0-0 6, Benear 2 0-0 4, Ross 2 0-0 6, Tre. Wiens 1 2-2 4, Tay. Wiens 1 0-0 2, R. Friesen 4 0-0 8, J. Friesen 2 1-1 6, Gleason 2 0-0 4. Totals 39 5-5 94.

Healy (0-2) Bennett 2 0-0 4, Wright 0 0-0 0, O. Hernandez 1 3-4 5, Hinapie 0 0-0 0, Sunley 0 0-0 0, Markovik 0 0-0 0, York 6 3-5 15, Silva 1 0-0 3, Barnett 1 0-0 3. Totals 11 6-9 30.

Three-point goals Meade 11 (Moshier 1, Hernandez 3, Cordes 4, Ross 2, J. Friesen 1), Healy 2 (Silva 1, Barnett 1). Total fouls Meade 10, Healy 11. Fouled out Healy (Barnett).

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Bucklin 42, Satanta 35

Bucklin 9 21 1 11 42

Satanta 5 6 13 11 35

Bucklin Kreutzer 7 6-12 21, Coverdale 1 2-2 4, Rudd 2 5-5 9, Seacat 1 0-0 3, Petty 0 0-0 0, Vasquez 0 0-0 0, Torline 0 0-0 0, Demoret 0 0-0 0, Vasquez 0 0-0 0, Duffield 2 0-0 5. Totals 13 13-19 42.

Satanta (0-2) Martinez 0 0-0 0, Bauer 3 1-2 7, Freeman 1 3-4 5, Young 1 0-0 2, Miller 2 3-5 7, Caro 0 0-0 0, Essix 7 0-0 14. Totals 14 7-11 35.

Three-point goals Bucklin 3 (Kreutzer 1, Seacat 1, Duffield 1), Satanta 0. Total fouls Bucklin 13, Satanta 18. Fouled out Satanta (Miller).

Three-point goals Bucklin 3 (Kreutzer 1, Seacat 1, Duffield 1), Satanta 0. Total fouls Bucklin 13, Satanta 14. Fouled out Satanta (Miller).

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South Gray 76, Deerfield 41

Deerfield 3 12 15 11 41

So. Gray 21 24 18 13 76

Deerfield (0-3) Martinez 1 0-0 3, Robles 0 0-0 0, Zamarripa 0 0-0 0, Argeta 0 0-0 0, Gonzalez 4 3-5 11, Dinkel 0 0-0 0, DeSantiago 0 0-0 0, Cole 7 1-1 15, Guerrero 0 0-0 0, Rocha 1 0-0 2, Wood 5 0-0 10. Totals 18 4-6 41.

So. Gray (2-0) Martens 2 0-0 4, Clancy 13 2-4 30, Mosher 0 2-2 2, Love 3 2-2 8, Watkins 2 0-0 4, Hendricks 2 0-0 4, Schulte 3 0-0 7, Peters 0 0-0 0, Hedlund 0 0-0 0, Holloway 1 0-0 2, Friesen 5 1-1 13. Totals 32 7-9 76.

Three-point goals Deerfield 1 (Martinez 1), So. Gray 5 (Clancy 2, Schulte 1, Friesen 2). Total fouls Deerfield 7, So. Gray 9. Fouled out none.

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Cimarron 52, Dighton 11

Dighton 2 5 4 0 11

Cimarron 13 13 14 12 52

Dighton (0-2) Birney 0 0-0 0, Parker 0 0-0 0, Kuhlman 2 0-0 5, Shaffer 0 0-0 0, Horn 0 0-0 0, Bollinger 0 0-0 0, Linenberger 0 0-0 0, Fullmer 3 0-0 6, Ward 0 0-0 0, Parker 0 0-0 0, Hoffman 0 0-0 0. Totals 5 0-0 11.

Cimarron Martinez 2 0-0 5, Slaven 6 0-0 12, Rueda 0 0-0 0, Franzitta 5 1-2 11, Hoskinson 1 0-0 2, Trevino 0 0-0 0, Blattner 2 2-4 6, Bryant 3 0-0 6, Wehkamp 2 0-0 4, Garcia 1 0-0 2, Pingsterhaus 1 0-0 2, Siek 1 0-0 2, Sharp 0 0-2 0. Totals 24 3-8 52.

Three-point goals Dighton 1 (Kuhlman), Cimarron 1 (Martinez). Total fouls Dighton 7, Cimarron 8. Fouled out none.