The Garden City High School boys basketball team continued to struggle shooting on Friday night in the semifinals of the January Jam in Valley Center.
But unlike Thursday, the Buffaloes were unable to overcome the subpar shooting, losing to Maize South, 63-44.
The Buffs managed just 31.2 percent shooting from the field (15 of 48), including a 1-for-9 effort in the second quarter, during which they were out-scored 16-4. They were even at 13 through the first period, but we’re behind 29-17 at half.
Carlos Acosta had the best offensive night for the Buffs, scoring 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting. But no other Buff was able to get into double digits, with Azavier Williams and Kyler Lamb each scoring eight points.
Meanwhile, Maize South was led by their big post, Kael Kordonowy, who had 19 points and 19 rebounds, helping his team dominate the glass, 48-32.
Kyle Belvin and Trey Reid each added 10 points for Maize South, as well.
The late semifinal was not final at time of press Friday night, meaning the Buffs’ opponent for the third-place game set for 3 p.m. Saturday had not been determined.
Blue Valley 70, Ulysses 42
In the battle of Tigers, Ulysses was dominated on the boards and was held to just 30.2 percent from the field (16 of 53) in a 70-42 blowout loss to Blue Valley in Friday’s consolation matchup in the January Jam in Valley Center.
The Ulysses Tigers were 10 of 30 from inside the arc and just 6 of 23 from beyond the arc, falling behind by as many as 30. They trailed 19-6 after the first quarter and 32-18 at half.
Lance Walker led the offense with 14 points off the bench, hitting six of his eight shots.
Ulysses will now play in the seventh-place game against Topeka-Seaman, which fell to Wichita Northwest, 57-52, on Friday.