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Tigers rally, hang on to beat Abilene

Friday, March 9, 2012

Note: This version contains information about Thursday's late game between Ottawa and McPherson that was not published in the print edition due to deadline constraints.

SALINA -- Abilene's boys began this Class 4A State Tournament quarterfinal game here Thursday night with an 8-1 run and led by as many as 10 points in the second quarter.

But the characteristics that got Fort Scott High into the State Tournament allowed them to rally back, take the lead and then hold off the Cowboys as they tried to rally in the fourth quarter.

But Johnathan Stark's 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:57 left in the game broke the final tie of the contest and a few defensive stops and free throws later, the seventh-seeded Tigers (19-5) came away with a 72-63 victory over the No. 2 Cowboys.

"(Abilene) went to something that looked to us like a triangle-and-two trying to take away Cameron (Woodring) and Tyler (Adams)," Fort Scott head coach Jeff DeLaTorre said. "And that gave Johnathan an opportunity and it was a big shot for him. We were able to get some stops down the stretch and make it stick."

Fort Scott hasn't lost a game this season when it's scored at least 60 points (15-0). And now the Tigers are 9-1 in Class 4A State Tournament games since moving into the classification in 2002.

The Cowboys (21-2) used their height advantage to take their initial lead, 8-1 after 3 1/2 minutes. The Tigers scrapped back slowly, getting to within 15-11 by the end of the period on Daniel Durbin's stickback of a teammate's miss.

Abilene began the second quarter with a 9-3 run, going up 24-14 after senior guard Andy Wilson took a steal in for a layup. But once again, Fort Scott rallied and got within three on Adams' triple from the right wing with 4:40 to go.

The Tigers started driving inside and the Cowboys started sending them to the free-throw line. Fort Scott made 11 of 12 charity tosses in the period with Kyle Altic tying the score for the first time, 29-29, with 2:09 to go as he made both ends of a one-and-one.

Wilson put Abilene ahead again with a jump shot. But Woodring stuck back a missed shot to tie the score again, then put Fort Scott ahead for the first time, 33-31, by making two free throws with 38 seconds to go.

"That's kind of who we are," DeLaTorre said. "We're a guard-oriented team. That's kind of what we do. We feel like when we're aggressive and attacking the basket, it leads to free throws. It wasn't necessarily something we focused on to get them in foul trouble. We just wanted to do that because that's how we play."

Durbin made one of two free throws with 20 seconds to go. Matthew Barrow's layup for Abilene with five seconds left tied the score at the half, 34-34.

"We felt like we were in a good situation," DeLaTorre said. "There's a lot to say about being the underdog. We knew that the longer we stuck around, we'd probably gain more fans and more people would be excited and I think that happened. And we played loose with a nothing-to-lose attitude there for a while."

Fort Scott used an 8-0 run to take a 44-36 lead with 4:29 left in the third after Adams knocked down a triple from the top of the key. The lead grew to as big as 10 points after Matt Wright drove in to make it 48-38 with 2:39 left.

The Cowboys got a pair of layups late in the period as the Tigers had trouble working the clock and got within 50-45.

Abilene scored 6 of the first 8 points of the fourth quarter to get within 52-51 after a pair of baskets by Lang. The Cowboys were able to tie the score three times, the last at 61-61 on Jacob Harris' layup with 2:16 to go.

"We did some uncharacteristic things. We turned it over a little bit more than we usually have the whole season," DeLaTorre said. "It was just a matter of getting them to calm down. Everything's kind of magnified here. We finally did. Johnathan's shot was huge and it got us relaxed and we made some big stops."

Adams and Woodring scored 15 points each for Fort Scott while Stark finished with 13 and Wright added 10. The Tigers shot 51 percent for the game, making 22 of 43 field-goal attempts while also connecting on 23 of 26 charity tosses.

"We feel really good when it comes to a game of free throws; we have a lot of guys who can hit them in key situations," DeLaTorre said.

Wilson led Abilene with 13 points while Jacob Harms added 12 and Lang and Adrian Polk each scored 10. The Cowboys shot 49 percent from the field on 26 of 53 but went to the free-throw line just 11 times, making 8.

Abilene outrebounded Fort Scott 30-20. Wright had 8 boards for the Tigers.

Woodring handed out 5 of Fort Scott's 13 assists and picked up 4 of its 8 steals. The Tigers turned the ball over 13 times to 14 for the Cowboys.

Fort Scott will play tonight at 8:15 p.m.against third-seeded Ottawa (22-1), which routed and sixth-seeded McPherson 64-39 behind 25 points from Semilore Ojeleye. The game was tied 9-9 after one period.

"We're excited," DeLaTorre said. "We're in the final four. You know it's going to be tough, no matter who we play."

NOTES -- Top-seeded Pratt remained unbeaten (24-0) by knocking off Coffeyville, 85-70, in the first game of the day. The Golden Tornado (17-7) got within 3 points twice in the fourth quarter but couldn't complete the rally. Pratt's Micah Swank set a new Class 4A tournament record by scoring 41 points.

Fourth-seeded Basehor-Linwood overcame a 20-15 first-quarter deficit and dominated Wichita Collegiate the rest of the day to take the second quarterfinal contest, 67-58. Ryan Murphy led the Bobcats (21-3) with 17 points.


(7) FORT SCOTT: Stark 2-4 8-9 13, Denton 0-0 0-0 0, Sather 0-0 0-0 0, Adams 5-12 2-2 15, Wright 5-9 0-0 10, Fink 1-3 0-0 2, Woodring 2-7 10-10 15, Floyd 0-0 0-0 0, Pytlowany 1-1 0-0 2, Altic 3-3 2-2 8, Davenport 0-0 0-0 0, Durbin 3-4 1-3 7. TOTALS: 22-43 23-26 72.

(2) ABILENE: Barlow 4-8 0-0 10, Wilson 5-13 2-2 13, Sexton 2-3 0-0 4, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Kelly 2-7 0-0 4, Polk 1-2 0-0 2, Patrick 3-5 2-3 8, Gonzalez 0-0 0-0 0, Harms 5-11 2-3 12, Lang 4-4 2-3 10. TOTALS: 26-53 8-11 63.

Fort Scott..... 11 23 16 22 -- 72

Abilene........ 15 19 11 18 -- 63

Three-point field goals: Fort Scott 5-12 (Adams 3-8, Stark 1-2, Woodring 1-2), Abilene 3-13 (Barlow 2-6, Wilson 1-5, Kelly 0-1, Patrick 0-1).

Total fouls: Fort Scott 17, Abilene 21. Fouled out: Wilson, Patrick. Technical fouls: None.

Rebounds: Fort Scott 20 (Wright 8), Abilene 30 (Polk 13). Assists: Fort Scott 13 (Woodring 5), Abilene 11 (Sexton 4). Turnovers: Fort Scott 13, Abilene 14. Steals: Fort Scott 8 (Woodring 4), Abilene 7 (Barlow 3). Blocked shots: Fort Scott 3 (3 with 1 each), Abilene 3 (Wilson 2).


(6) McPHERSON: Houghton 0-1 2-2 2, Reber 0-1 0-0 0, Torres 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-4 1-4 1, P.Horton 0-0 0-0 0, Kinnamon 4-9 0-0 11, Hart 0-10 1-2 1, Bahr 0-0 1-2 1, R.Horton 0-2 0-0 0, Robinson 3-5 1-2 7, Cape 5-14 3-5 13, Sorenson 0-0 3-4 4. TOTALS: 12-46 12-21 39.

(3) OTTAWA: Maxwell 0-0 2-4 2, Graf 0-0 0-2 0, Boeh 0-0 0-0 0, Shaffer 0-3 0-0 0, Hasty 6-7 2-4 16, Goedert 0-2 3-4 3, Natt 4-8 5-5 14, Blaue 0-0 0-0 0, Peters 0-0 0-0 0, Markley 0-0 0-0 0, Peoples 2-3 0-1 4, Ojeleye 7-14 9-13 25. TOTALS: 19-35 21-33 64.

McPherson..... 9 12 11 7 -- 39

Ottawa........ 9 22 17 16 -- 64

Three-point field goals: McPherson 3-23 (Kinnamon 3-8, Reber 0-1, R.Horton 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Cape 0-1, Miller 0-3, Hart 0-8), Ottawa 5-11 (Hasty 2-3, Ojeleye 2-6, Natt 1-1, Goesers 0-1).

Total fouls: McPherson 28, Ottawa 21. Fouled out: Miller, Hart, Robinson, Natt, Ojeleye. Technical foul: Robinson.

Rebounds: McPherson 32 (Cape 6), Ottawa 41 (Ojeleye 12, Peoples 10). Assists: McPherson 6 (Kinnamon 2, Cape 2), Ottawa 7 (Natt 4). Turnovers: McPherson 14, Ottawa 16. Steals: McPherson 10 (Kinnamon 4), Ottawa 8 (Hasty 3). Blocked shots: McPherson 3 (3 with 1 each), Ottawa 4 (Hasty 2, Ojeleye 2).


Thursday's Games

(1) Pratt 85, (8) Cofeyville 70

(4) Basehor-Linwood 67, (5) Wichita Collegiate 58

(7) Fort Scott 72, (2) Abilene 63

(3) Ottawa 64, (6) McPherson 39

Friday's Games

Basehor-Linwood (4: 21-3) vs. Pratt (1: 24-0), 4:45

Fort Scott (7: 19-5) vs. Ottawa (3: 23-1), 8:15

Saturday's Games

Third-place, 2 p.m.

Championship, 6:15


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wow, how good we be if we had middle school interscholastic sports?

-- Posted by brandonx1 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 8:35 AM

X1, the sarcasm meter turned up on high this morning?

-- Posted by Stoneman on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 9:06 AM

yep,kinda like Spinal Tap.....up to 11

-- Posted by brandonx1 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 9:18 AM

Wow - check out the grammar....and if you checked out the paper - the board voted to hold of one year because of the cost....

Now - HOW ABOUT THOSE TIGERS!!!! CONGRATULATIONS BOYS!!!! KEEP ON ROCKIN'!!!

-- Posted by turning3 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 11:37 AM

lol.......thats on me...........the message is the same

-- Posted by brandonx1 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 11:52 AM

the board voted to hold of one year because of the cost....hmmmmmm

-- Posted by brandonx1 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 11:54 AM

Be Thankful. Grats Tigers. Keep going.

-- Posted by Criticalthoughts on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 12:36 PM


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