Wildcat boys drop Rupp opener to Cheney

By Steve Sell
January 19, 2016

HALSTEAD — The Moundridge boys are the David in a field of Goliaths in the Adolph Rupp Classic.

The Wildcats are the smallest school in the eight-team field, but still fought the good fight in their opener on Monday, losing 60-48 to Cheney.

“Cheney came out hot by making seven 3s in the first half,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “We played hard, but turnovers hurt us. The kids never quit. We can still come out of this week with two wins. We need to come out hungry against Rose Hill on Thursday.”

Cheney rang up 21 first-quarter points, keyed by five 3-pointers. The Wildcats actually played the Cardinals almost on even terms in the second half, being outscored by two.

Anthony Otte and Noah Eichelberger shouldered the scoring load for MHS with 19 and 16 points, respectively.

Moundridge and Rose Hill play at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Rockets lost 66-46 to Andale Monday as Clint Walstead and Jeffrey Ast scored 19 points apiece. Rose Hill’s Parker Austin scored 25 in defeat.