BURRTON — The Little River boys may have pulled off the stunner in Kansas so far in midseason tournament play.
The Redskins took down highly regarded Central Christian 48-42 in overtime on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Burrton Invitational on Saturday.
It was a tremendously competitive game. Grant Harvey hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to force overtime, then the Redskins dominated the extra session.
It was the third meeting of the year between the teams, though both of them had been close. The Cougars entered the game 8-1.
Little River hit some clutch free throws late, including two apiece by Chord Zeller and Zach Galyon.
Galyon scored 15 points to lead Little River, which plays Berean Academy for the championship. Zeller furnished 10. The Redskins did a great job on 6-10 Noah Starkey, as he was limited to 13 points, but had 14 rebounds.
• Pretty Prairie boys 60, Inman 39 — In the consolation bracket at Burrton, Inman’s offense went south as it dropped into Saturday’s seventh-place game.
The Bulldogs outscored the Teutons by 10 points in both the second and fourth quarters.
Blayne Konrade scored 17 points to lead Inman, which will play Fairfield for seventh.
• Moundridge boys 43, Douglass 40 — It was father vs. son — and father knows best.
Moundridge’s Vance Unrau went up against his son Ty in the coaching matchup.
“We led throughout the game, but I maintain we were lucky to get the win,” the elder Unrau said. “I thought Douglass played harder and tougher than we did. They got every 50/50 ball in the first half and hit the boards more aggressively than we did. We need to play smarter and with greater sense of urgency. Ty had his team ready to play.”
Anthony Otte led the Wildcats with 12 points while freshman Noah Eichelberger chipped in with 10.
• Wichita Warriors boys 62, Canton-Galva 45 — The Warriors denied Canton-Galva a spot in the Canton-Galva Invitational championship game.
An 18-6 second quarter turned the tide and the Eagles played catch-up the rest of the way. They lost despite committing just eight turnovers on the night.
Tanner Klingensmith had a double-double for C-G with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Nick Bray drained four 3-pointers for 12 points.
C-G plays Sedgwick tonight for third. Ell-Saline and Wichita Home School play for the title
“(The) Warriors couldn't miss from beyond the arc in the first half,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “They were 7 of 9 in the first half, and hit their first five in the first quarter. We went man-to-man, zone, box- and-1 on Peffly (4 3's in the first half) and we just didn't close out quick enough on the perimeter.”
Duncan was proud of his team’s grit.
“We were down 21 at the 5-minute mark of the third quarter and got it down to seven with 4 minutes left in the fourth,” he said. “They went 8 of 9 from the line down the stretch to pull away.”
• Abilene boys 54, Smoky Valley 41 — In the first round of the Salina Invitational, No. 8 seed Smoky Valley pushed the No. 1 Cowboys much more than expected.
The Vikings were down only five points with 3 minutes to go before Abilene pulled away.
Nick Reinert and Cole Norberg scored 10 points apiece for the Vikings.
• Salina Central girls 55, Smoky Valley 20 — The Vikings were simply overmatched by the Mustangs, who led 28-9 at the half.
No Viking scored more than five points.
Today, the Vikings boys at 4:45 p.m at the Bicentennial Center against Concordia, while the Smoky girls play Liberal in the following game at 6:30.