Prep Boys Basketball

Slow start in fourth quarter hurts Western in quarterfinal

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 12:50 am

WINCHESTER, Ill. -- The Western boys basketball team got as close as three points late in the fourth quarter, but Winchester West Central made seven of 10 free throws in the final minute to win 61-54 in a quarterfinal game at the 97th annual Winchester Invitational on Wednesday night.

Winchester West Central, the third seed, will play Payson Seymour at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.

Western got within 36-34 late in the third quarter and had a chance to take the lead, but a missed 3-pointer by Reece Dunker and a basket by the Cougars' Cole Howard put the hosts ahead 38-34. The Wildcats then missed their first six shots of the fourth quarter, while Winchester West Central scored eight straight points that culminated with a driving basket by Gabe Cox.

Western quickly responded, going on a 12-4 run over the next 2:40. A 3-pointer by Erik Hively, followed by a basket by Kyle Colgrove, got Western within 52-48 with 1:45 to go. The Cougars' Ryan Moore and the Wildcats' Preston Wellman traded baskets, and after a West Central turnover, Western had a chance to cut the deficit again, but Hively missed a 3-pointer.

Western got within 57-54 with two free throws by Hively, but they had a turnover and two missed 3-pointers on their last three possessions.

Hively led the Wildcats (11-6) with 19 points, and Wellman added 15. Drew Evans had 21 points for the Cougars (13-5), and Howard scored 19.

Tate Kunzeman had seven points for Griggsville-Perry (3-14) in a 71-37 loss to Carrollton in a loser's bracket game. The Tornadoes trailed 34-26 at halftime but were held to one field goal in the third quarter.

Landon Obert had 21 points for Liberty (6-9) in a 65-53 victory over Rushville-Industry in another consolation game. Nolton Klingele added 16 points and Ryan Hekrick had 15 and Jordan Neisen had 11 for the Eagles, who ended a three-game losing streak.

Jacob Reller had 26 points to pace the Rockets (5-9), who lost their fourth straight game.

Carrollton 71, Griggsville-Perry 37

CARROLLTON (6-9)

Howard 0 2-4 2, Leonard 2 0-0 4, Brannan 4 6-9 14, Pohlman 0 0-0 0, Jones 6 4-6 17, Schnettgoecke 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Flowers 4 3-6 11, Stendeback 0 0-0 0, Walker 5 1-2 11, Settles 2 2-2 6, Graner 3 0-0 6. Totals 26 18-29 71.

GRIGGSVILLE-PERRY (3-14)

Freeman 1 0-0 2, Ta. Kunzeman 3 0-0 7, Kirk 1 1-2 3, Leedy 2 1-3 5, Miller 0 0-0 0, Sheurman 1 2-3 5, McCallister 2 0-0 5, Ivey 1 0-0 2, Bradshaw 1 1-2 3, TU. Kunzeman 1 0-0 3, Lothridge 0 0-0 0, Myers 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 5-10 37.

Carrollton 10 24 19 18--71

Griggsville-Perry 10 16 2 9--37

3-point field goals--Carrollton 1 (Jones), Griggsville-Perry 4 (Ta. Kunzeman, Sheurman, McCallister, Tu. Kunzeman). Fouls­--Carrollton 15, Griggsville-Perry 19. Fouled out--Tu. Kunzeman.

Liberty 65, Rushville-Industry 53

RUSHVILLE-INDUSTRY (5-9)

Eskridge 3 1-2 8, Seaver 0 0-0 0, Orwig 1 1-2 3, Dimmit 1 2-4 4, Welshaar 0 0-0 0, Kiltz 1 1-3 4, J. Eskridge 0 0-1 0, Reller 10 4-12 26, Cardoza 4 0-0 8, Prather 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 9-24 53.

LIBERTY (6-9)

L. Obert 8 5-8 21, Knuffman 0 0-0 0, Neisen 4 2-2 11, Tenhouse 0 0-0 0, Hessling 0 0-0 0, Kilngele 0 0-0 0, Wolf 0 0-0 0, Robbins 1 0-0 2, C. Obert 0 0-0 0, N. Klingele6 3-5 16, Hekrick 7 0-1 15. Totals 18 10-16 65.

Rushville-Industry 13 18 9 13--53

Liberty 19 13 14 19--65

3-point field goals--Rushville-Industry 2 (Eskridge 1, Klitz 1), Liberty 3 (Neisen, N. Klingele, Hekrick). Fouls--Rushville-Industry 15, Liberty 19. Fouled out--none.

Winchester West Central 61, Western 54

WINCHESTER WEST CENTRAL (13-5)

Cox 1 4-8 6, Moore 4 1-3 9, Little 0 0-0 0, Hughes 0 0-0 0, Brown 2 2-2 6, Evans 6 7-8 21, Howard 9 1-4 19, Kaufmann 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 15-25 61.

WESTERN (11-6)

Dell 0 0-0 0, Bryant 0 0-0 0, Wellman 4 6-6 15, Hively 5 4-4 19, Dunker 1 0-0 3, Dixon 0 0-0 0, Colgrove 2 0-0 4, Depke 1 0-0 2, Archambo 5 1-1 11. Totals 18 11-11 54.

West Central 15 10 13 23--61

Western 7 16 11 20--54

3-point field goals--West Central 2 (Evans 2), Western 5 (Hively 3, Wellman, Dunker). Fouls--West Central 16, Western 18. Fouled out--Moore, Wellman.