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Beavers roll in Invitational opener

Published 12/7/2010



SCOTT CITY — Wichita County boys basketball coach Matt Crist knew in advance of Monday night's first-round game of the Scott City Invitational that the host Beavers had a good team heading into the 2010-11 season.

How good? Maybe not this good.

The Beavers were really good, especially at the start, as they ran past the Indians 76-40 in their opening game of Pool Play in the six-team tournament.

They shot well hitting 10-of-12 field goal (including five 3-pointers) in a 27-2 opening salvo against Wichita County. The Beavers also forced 10 Wichita County turnovers, whose point guard, Gabe Martinez, was playing with a sprained ACL knee from the start.

Then Wichita County was delievered another blow when, with 1:32 left in the first quarter and already down 23-2, 6-foot-9-inch senior center Trae Bremer went down with a left knee injury as he turned to run down the court.

He was able to limp off the floor, but sat on the bench the remainder of the game with his knee iced.

"We don't know the extent of the injury but we'll have an MRI done (today)," Crist said afterward. "We knew going into the game that our guards would have to play better or we'd be in trouble. It's like running into a buzz-saw. Rather than playing better, our guards played worse."

The full-court press employed by the Beavers forced the Indians into 10 first-quarter turnovers.

"We got off to a great start and the kids played very well together," said Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil. "When you have a bunch of kids shooting well it gets contagious and the kids feed off each other. It gave other kids a chance to play and for us to see how they play in a game situation."

With senior Ron Baker leading the way with 28 points in limited playing time, the game continued its one-sided start as the Beavers glided into halftime with a 53-11 advantage.

Reserves played the majority of the second half but the margin of 36 could very well have been much higher.

"What I liked early was that our pressure defense was active," O'Neil said.

"We look for deflections more than steals because we think our quickness will allow us to get to a lot of loose balls. It's hard not to like what we did early, but the games and schedule are only going to get tougher."

O'Neil lauded Baker, who was a Telegram All-Area selection as a junior. He was 11-of-13 from the field, 4-of-4 behind the arc and 2-of-2 at the free throw line.

"He's unselfish and shares the ball," O'Neil said of his 6-2 guard. "He gets people good looks."

In all, 11 players got into the scoring column for the Beavers, who will next play at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Lakin.

Wichita County (1-1) was led by Chris Kruetzer's 14 points as he connected on four 3-pointers. The Indians will play at 3:30 p.m. Thursday against Lakin.


Wichita Co. 2 9 16 13 -- 40

Scott City 27 26 16 7 -- 76

Wichita Co. (1-1) -- Kruetzer 5-11 0-0 14, Holguin 1-3 0-0 2, J. Martinez 2-5 1-2 5, Budde 2-3 0-0 4, Blake Nickelson 0-1 1-2 1, Bryce Nickelson 0-3 0-0 0, G. Martinez 0-0 0-0 0, Horton 2-7 2-6 6, Kiser 2-3 0-0 4, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Fletcher 0-3 4-4 4, Bremer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-42 8-14 40.

Scott City (2-0) -- O'Nel 3-3 0-2 8, Turner 3-5 0-0 7, Roemer 0-7 0-0 0, Buehler 1-2 0-0 2, Yager 1-3 0-0 2, Baker 11-13 2-2 28, Robinson 1-2 3-4 5, Clinton 1-4 2-3 4, Hess 3-7 0-0 7, Habiger 1-4 0-2 3, Meyer 3-7 0-2 6, Kite 2-4 0-2 4. Totals 31-64 7-17 76.

3-point field goals — Wichita Co. 4-12 (Kruetzer 4-6, Holguin 0-2, J. Martinez 0-2, Bryce Nickelson 0-2), Scott City 9-16 (O'Neil 2-2, Turner 1-2, Roemer 0-3, Yeager 0-1, Baker 4-4, Hess 1-2, Habiger 1-2). Fouls — Wichita Co. 13, Scott City 13. Fouled out — none. Rebounds — Wichita Co. 27 (Kruetzer 6), Scott City 41 (Baker 6). Turnovers — Wichita Co. 26, Scott City 14.

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