CANTON — It proved to be a good move for the Moundridge Wildcats to join the Canton-Galva Invitational.
The Wildcats, who for years had competed in the Rupp Classic at Halstead before leaving after last year, completed an impressive three-game run by winning the championship on Friday with a 68-51 victory over the Wichita Warriors.
“We put some points up early again tonight and got off to a good start,” MHS coach Vance Unrau said. “The kids played their tails off again tonight against a talented, quick, good-shooting Homeschool Wichita Warriors team. One might be prone to look at the Warriors as not a worthy opponent to compete at a tournament like this, but they proved they were worthy of being in the finals. Well-coached group. They would easily finish in the top tier of the HOA.”
Both teams came out firing as the Wildcats led 23-17 after a quarter. They extended it to 34-22 at the half and never allowed the Warriors to make a serious charge.
“I’m proud of our guys and what they did this week,” Unrau said. “We definitely took the difficult road to get the championship by beating Sedgwick, Bennington and the Warriors. All of our guys played their part.”
All-Tournament selection Noah Eichelberger poured in 31 points, one off his career high. Tourney MVP Dillon Vogts had 27 and completed a double-double with 12 rebounds. Brady Helms also made the All-Tournament Team.
• Canton-Galva 58, St. John’s Military 45 — The Eagles came away with seventh place as they charged in the second half.
C-G started fast, up 20-11 after a quarter, but the Muleskinners then rallied for a 25-24 halftime lead. But it was all Eagles in the second half, sparked by a 19-point third quarter.
“Everything we did in the first quarter, we didn't do in the second,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We settled for too many 3s and quit attacking the basket in the second quarter. I was pleased with how the kids responded coming out of halftime. (Nick) Pearson had a nice offensive second half for us. Dylan Wood set the tone all game with his defensive intensity and effort on the glass. Kinser (Colgin) played another strong game for us. He had a really good tournament.”
Pearson had 14 of his 17 in the second half. Wood tallied 13, Colgin 11 and Jonah Sargent 10 as the Eagles had their best balance of the year. Wood just missed a double-double with 9 rebounds.
In the other games, Bennington took third by edging Ell-Saline 56-54 and Sedgwick snared fifth with a 76-53 rout of Wichita Classical.