Meade Buffaloes

Meade Buffaloes

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Meade prevails in boys HPL title game

Published 1/23/2012

By KEVIN THOMPSON

sports@gctelegram.com

Last year, Meade re-joined the Hi-Plains League and looked to make its presence felt right away, but they fell in the tournament's title game to Syracuse.

This year, they were on a mission to prove they were still the top team in the league, and they proved it in this title game, defeating Cimarron 67-58.

The Buffaloes staved off a second-half rally that saw the Bluejays close the gap to within one point twice in the final period.

Meade entered the tournament undefeated and top-ranked in Class 2A, and they showed why, winning its second tight game in as many nights.

The Buffaloes jumped out to a 19-11 first-quarter lead and were in front 37-28 by halftime, capitalizing on Cimarron's youth and turnovers.

Then the Jays cut the turnovers in the third quarter and clawed their way back to a 49-42 deficit at the end of the period.

Randy Allen nailed two straight three's to cut the gap to one to start the fourth.

Randy Friesen put back an offensive rebound to increase the Buffalo lead to three, and then both teams went scoreless on four straight possessions.

Ted Boersma canned a shot at 3:44 to cut the lead back to one, but that was as close as they would get.

In the final 1:35, Meade went to the free throw line on seven straight possessions, hitting 11-of-14, while Cimarron only had two Boersma 3-pointers to counter.

For Meade coach Dale Deighton, the win was a good one, but it was also a lot of fun.

"This is the third time we've played Cimarron and each time they've been better," he said. "It was a tough ball game and I'm really glad to come out with a win."

When Cimarron got to within one the last time, he added, his Buffaloes buckled down and responded well.

He admitted his team wasn't executing as well on offense as they were capable and Cimarron was hitting shots and playing good defense in the second half, forcing the Buffaloes to take tougher and quicker shots than they wanted.

"Boersma was hitting some tough shots. We had Jett Little right in his face and he still hit them," Deighton said.

But having won Friday by three and holding on for this win showed the character of his team, he said.

"The kids are really learning how to close out ball games. It's always a learning experience having to come in and battle like that," he said.

Friesen had 18 points to lead Meade, while Morgan Davis and Gunner Cordes had 14 each, and Little had 11.

Cimarron coach Dave Losey wouldn't say his Jays overachieved in this tournament. Instead, they've been building to this since day one of practice.

"Once these kids got a few wins under their belts, they started realizing they can do this," Losey said. "We thought we had them on the ropes a couple times, but we just couldn't get over that hump and get ahead."

Give Meade a lot of credit for hitting the key free throws down the stretch, he said, but give the Bluejays credit, also, for playing a tough game.

Boersma scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and Losey said it's good to see his junior getting confident.

Post player Randy Allen added 15.

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Cimarron 11 17 14 16 -- 58

Meade 19 18 12 18 -- 67

Cimarron (58) ¬­-- Franzitta 2 2-2 6, Cal. Fischer 1 0-0 2, Toothaker 1 0-0 3, Chr. Fischer 3 0-0 6, Clark 1 0-0 2, Boersma 6 4-4 18, Allen 7 1-2 18, Fairbank 1 1-2 3. Totals 22 8-10 58.

Meade (67) — Little 3 5-5 11, Hardaway 2 0-1 5, Cordes 4 4-4 14, Wiens 0 1-2 1, Davis 5 2-4 14, Friesen 6 6-9 18, Pfanenstiel 1 1-2 4. Totals 21 19-27 67.

3-point goals — Cimarron 6 (Toothaker 1, Boersma 2, Allen 3), Meade 6 (Hardaway 1, Cordes 2, Davis 2, Pfanenstiel 1). Team Fouls — Cimarron 22, Meade 10. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — Cimarron (Chr. Fischer).

Elkhart 52, Stanton County 49

The battle for third place proved as exciting as a title game as Elkhart came from behind then held off a late charge to defeat Stanton County, 52-49.

The Trojans' Seth Holliday stole a pass and bounced a pass to Marques Logan for a layup with 39 seconds remaining.

With 12 seconds left, Stanton County got a half court steal but Fabian Sierra was called for his fifth foul, and Jr. Moreno nailed two free throws to give the Wildcats a three-point lead. Holliday's long three at the buzzer fell short.

Cole Parks led the Wildcats with 17 points, all in the second half, including two 3-pointers in the final quarter. Moreno added 13.

Holliday was the only Trojan in double figures, scoring 17, including 10 in the first half.

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Elkhart 12 7 15 18 -- 52

Stanton County 8 17 14 10 -- 49

Elkhart (52) — Gomez 3 0-0 6, Coen 2 0-0 4, Parks 8 1-3 17, Winger 2 0-0 4, Harbour 3 2-5 8, Moreno 5 3-5 13. Totals 22 6-13 52.

Stanton County (49) — Logan 1 3-6 5, Holliday 7 0-0 17, Cron 2 0-0 4, Smith 3 0-0 7, Trujillo 2 0-2 4, Sierra 3 1-4 9, Overturf 1 0-0 3. Totals 19 4-12 49.

3-point goals — Elkhart 2 (Parks 2). Stanton County 7 (Holliday 3, Smith 1, Sierra 2, Overturf 1). Team Fouls — Elkhart 11, Stanton County 14. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — Stanton County (Sierra).

Lakin 50, SW Heights 40 (OT)

Lakin won the consolation title with a 50-40 overtime win over Southwestern Heights.

Lakin's Bryant Miller had a huge game, scoring 31 points — all in regulation — including five 3-pointers. Reno Armstrong chipped in with 11.

Heights was led in scoring by Clayton Chase with 11 points and Rogelio Martinez with 10.

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SW Heights 13 7 12 8 0 -- 40

Lakin 9 10 9 12 10 -- 50

SW Heights (40) — Herrera 2 2-3 6, B. Johnsrud 3 2-5 8, Chavez 0 1-2 1, Lee 2 0-1 4, Martinez 4 2-5 10, Chase 5 1-3 11. Totals 16 8-19 40.

Lakin (50) — Shalbera 0 0-1 0, Miller 12 2-2 31, Davidson 1 0-0 2, Kinnier 1 2-3 4, Rosales 0 0-2 0, Armstrong 3 5-6 11, Geubelle 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 9-14 50.

3-point goals — SW Heights 0, Lakin 5 (Miller 5). Team Fouls — SW Heights 22, Lakin 18. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — SW Heights (Martinez).

Wichita County 47, Syracuse 34

In one consolation round-robin game, the Indians of Wichita County defeated last year's tournament winner Syracuse, 47-34.

Senior Chris Kreutzer led all scorers with 19 points for the Indians, followed by Johny Martinez with nine.

JD Howell led Syracuse with nine points, all in the second half. Jace Coleman added eight.

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Syracuse 11 6 8 9 -- 34

Wichita County 13 12 15 7 -- 47

Syracuse (34) — Howell 3 2-2 9, Parks 2 0-0 4, Barnes 1 0-0 2, English 1 0-0 2, York 3 0-0 7, Coleman 4 0-0 8, Schwieterman 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 2-2 34.

Wichita County (47) — J. Martinez 2 3-6 9, Budde 1 1-2 3, Fletcher 2 3-4 7, Nickelson 1 0-0 2, G. Martinez 2 2-3 7, Kreutzer 8 3-3 19. Totals 16 12-18 47.

3-point goals — Syracuse 2 (Howell 1, York 1), Wichita County 3 (J. Martinez 2, G. Martinez 1). Team Fouls — Syracuse 16, Wichita County 13. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — none.

Sublette 54, Satanta 33

In the second consolation round-robin game, Sublette easily handled Haskell County rival Satanta, 54-33.

Alex White led the Larks with 15 points, followed by Taylor Williamson with 12 and Jake Gesling with 11.

Satanta's Abraham Miramontes had nine points, eight of those in the first quarter before foul problems set in. Garrett Miller also had nine points to lead the Indians.

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Sublette 15 11 20 8 -- 54

Satanta 17 6 5 5 -- 33

Sublette (54) — White 7 0-1 15, Riegel 3 0-0 6, Gesling 5 1-1 11, Williamson 5 2-4 12, Line 3 1-2 7, Gonzalez 1 1-2 3. Totals 24 5-10 54.

Satanta (33) — Aragon 0 2-2 2, Mason 1 2-4 4, Miramontes 4 1-3 9, Miller 3 3-4 9, Freeman 2 1-2 5, Stalker 2 0-1 4. Totals 12 9-16 33.

3-point goals — Sublette 1 (White), Satanta 0. Team Fouls — Sublette 15, Satanta 12. Technical Fouls — none. Fouled Out — none.

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