SCOTT CITY There's no secret in Greg Reed's playbook as to what will make his Lakin Broncs boys basketball team successful.

In two victories throughout this young season, including Thursday's 80-48 over a roster-depleted Wichita County at the Scott City Invitational, Reed has utilized the triple threat of 6-3 center Colby Hamel and the outside shooting of guards Bryant Miller and Alex Jones.

Those three combined for 55 of the Broncs total as the victory set up Lakin's 6:30 p.m. game today against Scott City, with the winner advancing out of Pool A of this year's invitational and playing in Saturday's 6 p.m. championship game.

"So far, we've been able to pound the ball inside and just being smart with the ball," Reed said. "Bryant has been shooting the ball well and I thought he did a good job today of driving to the hole."

Miller and Hamel shared game-high honors with 20 points each while Jones added 15. Cody Kinnier added 11 for the Broncs (2-0).

The Indians were playing without the services of 6-9 senior center Trae Bremer who injured his left knee in Monday night's opening loss to Scott City.

According to Wichita County coach Matt Crist, Bremer has a dislocated knee cap and the extent of the injuries is still to be determined, but he said Bremer will miss the rest of the season.

The Indians also were missing guard Gabe Martinez, who has a sprained ACL.

"We're going to have a stretch here where we're going to have to adapt to new roles," Crist said. "The kids are going to have to accepted new roles they're not comfortable with."

After staying close to the Broncs in the first quarter at 24-20, Lakin went on an 18-4 burst to take a commanding 42-24 lead into halftime. Hamel scored six during that stretch and he now has scored 20-plus points in his two games.

"He's a big kid and he uses his body well under the basket," Reed said of Hamel, who tips the scales at 285 pounds and was a member of The Telgram's All-Area football team this fall. "We're still playing a little sloppy at times, but I like the way our inside-out game is working so far."

The Broncs hit a solid 52.4 percent from the field (32-of-61) while the Indians could muster only 18-of-60 (30 percent). Reno Armstrong's nine rebounds carried the Broncs to a 45-36 rebounding advantage while Drew Smith led the Indians with eight boards.

Wichita County will play in Saturday's 3 p.m. fifth place game against an opponent that won't be determined until after tonight's 8 p.m. Holcomb-Wichita Defenders game.



Pool A

Lakin 24 18 13 25 -- 80

Wichita Co. 20 4 12 12 -- 48

Lakin (2-0) Jones 6-12 1-4 15, Kinnier 4-5 3-5 11, Miller 7-18 3-3 20, Davidson 0-1 0-0 0, Shalberg 1-2 0-0 2, Torres 2-4 2-3 6, Armstrong 3-5 0-1 6, Hamel 9-14 2-4 20. Totals 32-61 11-20 80.

Wichita Co. (1-2) Bryce Nickelson 1-1 0-0 3, Holguin 2-11 0-0 4, Martinez 4-12 0-0 10, Budde 0-1 0-0 0, Blake Nickelson 1-3 0-1 6, Kreutzer 4-13 2-2 12, Horton 1-4 1-2 3, Smith 2-9 1-2 5, Fletcher 3-6 2-3 8. Totals 18-60 6-10 48.

3-point goals Lakin 5-11 (Jones 2-3, Miller 3-7, Torres 0-1), Wichita Co. 6-25 (Holguin 0-6, Martinez 2-8, Blake Nickeson 2-3, Kreutzer 2-7. Fouls Lakin 13, Wichita County 19. Fouled out Wichita Co. (Fletcher). Rebounds Lakin 45 (Armstrong 9), Wichita Co. 36 (Smith 8). Turnovers Lakin 14, Wichita Co. 17.

Wichita Defenders 66, Greeley Co. 62 (OT)

After seeing his team win its 100th game under his guidance Wednesday night, Greeley County boys basketball coach Jeff Starkey had to bring his Jackrabbits right back to the Scott City Invitational to face the Wichita Defenders on Thursday evening.

With less than 24 hours to recover after a hard-fought 55-39 victory over Holcomb, the Jackrabbits battled the highly-regarded Defenders, taking them into overtime before coming up short in a 66-62 loss.

Starkey, who is 100-23 in his sixth season at Greeley County, said it was turnovers at critical times of the game that proved costly to the Jackrabbits.

It appeared three minutes into the third quarter, after owning a 30-25 halftime lead, that the Jackrabbits were en route to another impressive outing as they had done Wednesday against Holcomb.

They had built a 12-point advantage at 39-27 but then the Defenders began to cut into the deficit, closing it to 39-36 at the 3:33 mark and then finishing off the quarter with an 8-2 run to go ahead 44-41.

Three times the score was tied in the final quarter and it was senior Jonathan Miller's layup after a steal and two free throws that knotted the score at 57 with 40.5 seconds on the clock. Wichita played for the final game-winning shot but turned the ball over with 7.8 seconds on a 5-second violation near midcourt.

Stephen Houston's 3-point attempt at :02 just missed and Miller grabbed the rebound down on the baseline, lofted a shot that banked in off the backboard but time had expired before the ball left his hand.

That set up the four-minute overtime where the Defenders took a 62-57 lead before the Jackrabbits rallied once again.

Anthony Wilson's 3-pointer with 40 seconds left pulled Greeley County to within two, 62-60. Then the Jackrabbits got another steal and Miller dropped in a layup to tie the score with 31 seconds showing. That, however, proved to be the last two points for Starkey's team.

Seth Bowers drove the lane for a Wichita basket with nine seconds left before Houston was wide on a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining. Tate Jackson was fouled at 1.2 seconds and made both free throws for the clinching points.

"I really had no idea how the game was tied," Starkey said when he looked at the scoreboard at the end of regulation. "The kids played hard but we were up by 12 and let it slip away. That's not how we play. We've got young kids playing but they've got to get better for us."

The Defenders will face Holcomb today at 8 p.m. and a win would put them into Saturday's 6 p.m. championship game against the winner of today's Scott City-Lakin game. Greeley County awaits that outcome to know its Saturday opponent. A Defender victory will put the Jackrabbits into the third place game.


Pool B

Wichita 12 13 19 13 9 -- 66

Greeley Co. 11 19 11 16 5 -- 62

Wichita (9-2) Jackson 2-8 6-7 10, Nightingale 0-1 0-0 0, Bowers 3-3 1-3 9, Ammons 5-8 0-0 14, Ingram 9-19 3-4 21, Rago 0-2 0-0 0, Stephens 0-0 0-0 0, Sellin 5-7 1-2 11. Totals 24-48 11-16 66.

Greeley County (2-1) Govert 0-2 0-0 0, Miller 10-14 6-7 26, Schneider 1-1 0-0 3, Wilson 1-4 0-0 3, Yanez 1-3 0-0 2, Robertson 3-4 0-0 9, Houston 8-19 2-2 19, Smith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-48 8-9 62.

3-point goals Wichita 7-17 (Jackson 0-1, Bowers 2-2, Ammons 4-7, Ingram 1-5, Rago 0-2), Greeley Co. 6-19 (Govert 0-1, Miller 0-2, Schneider 1-1, Wilson 1-3, Robertson 3-4, Houston 1-8, Smith 0-1). Fouls Wichita 11, Greeley Co. 13. Fouled out none. Rebounds Wichita 29 (Ingram 12), Greeley Co. 21 (Miller 12). Turnovers Wichita 16, Greeley Co. 13.