Unrau showdown set for Friday

By Steve Sell
January 21, 2014

It will be father vs. son Friday in the semifinals of the 44th annual Adolph Rupp Invitational in Halstead.

Moundridge’s boys outlasted Haven 50-42 in Monday’s first round, setting up a semifinal game against Douglass, a 60-51 winner over Garden Plain.

Moundridge is coached by Vance Unrau, while Douglass is coached by his son, Ty.

Moundridge used an 18-12 fourth quarter to break open the tight game with Haven. Freshman Anthony Otte stepped up big for MHS, scoring 14 points. Hunter Enyart nailed down the victory by making 7 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 points.

The Unrau showdown takes place at 6 p.m. Friday.

Elsewhere Monday:

• Hesston boys 70, Riley County 30 — In the opening round at Hillsboro, what was already a healthy 34-18 halftime lead became even more of a breather as the Swathers outscored Riley County 26-4 in the third quarter.

Hesston simply was on fire, canning 28 of 43 shots, a stunning 21 of 26 inside the arc. 

Grant Raleigh was white-hot, pouring in 22 points, making 9 of 13 shots. Tyler McCartney and Brad Simpson chipped in with 10 apiece.

Hesston plays Holcomb at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.

• Salina Central girls 76, Smoky Valley 16 — The Mustangs, ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, overwhelmed the Vikings, who were coming off their first win of the year.

The Vikings, who play Clay Center at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the consolation round, were led by Hannah McBride with six points. Salina Central was paced by Nebraska-bound guard Emily Wood with 16. Central jumped out to a 17-2 lead and was never headed.

• Derby Invasion boys 59, Canton-Galva 31 — In the opening round of the 40th annual Canton-Galva Invitational, the host Eagles couldn’t deal with the Invasion's height.

Derby led 17-5 after a quarter and added to its lead as the game went along.

Travis Unruh led C-G with eight points, while Connor Farnham and Tanner Klingensmith chipped in with six apiece. Klingensmith also had six rebounds.

“Derby’s size gave us fits all night,” said C-G coach Shane Duncan, whose tallest starter is 6-0 while Derby went 6-5, 6-3, 6-2. “We got great looks in the first half, but couldn’t hit a shot. We were 0 of 11 from 3-point, but 4 of 10 in the second half. Too little, too late.”

Bennington stopped Sedgwick 56-40 in Monday’s other game, which means Canton-Galva and Sedgwick meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in consolation action.