CANTON — The Moundridge boys are finding the Canton-Galva Invitational to their liking in their first year of participation.
The Wildcats took apart No. 1-seed and once-beaten Bennington 20-2 in the first quarter in Thursday’s semifinals before the rest of the game was competitive as Moundridge will play for the championship at 7:30 tonight against Wichita Warriors after a 61-40 victory.
MHS point guard Dillon Vogts was sensational with 20 points and 10 assists as he took over the game. Noah Eichelberger also scored 20 and Brady Helms added 16 as the Bulldogs had no answers.
“Another good start put us in a position to play our tempo against a team that likes to get it and go,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “”We withstood several Bennington runs, which I told the kids would happen. They are too good of a team with athletes and shooters. We took good shots within the offense and made free throws to put the game out of reach. We had a few too many untimely turnovers that allowed Bennington to close the gap to 6, but patience on offense, contesting shots and rebounding proved to be the winning formula again tonight.”
• Wichita Classical 65, Canton-Galva 34 — The host Eagles will play for seventh place at 3:00 today against Wichita Classical.
Another slow start was the Eagles’ undoing as they were down 21-10 after a quarter. Kinser Colgin had another nice game with 11 points to lead C-G.
“Foul trouble in the first half killed us. Classical went 16 of 20 from the line through the first two quarters,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “(Dylan) Wood and Colgin played with great energy tonight. They guarded well and were aggressive offensively.”
In other games, the Wichita Warriors outscored Ell-Saline 78-58 to earn the berth opposite Moundridge and Sedgwick routed St. John’s Military, 95-32.