Second quarter turnaround keys Ulysses against Central Plains
RUSSELL, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Ulysses Tigers advance to the championship game of the 2020 Amos Morris Tournament after defeating the Central Plains Oilers by a score of 61 to 43.
The Oilers advanced to the semi-final round after a 58 to 57 overtime victory over Smith Center. The Tigers also scored 58 points in their first-round victory over Phillipsburg, winning 58 to 50.
Central Plains jumped out to a 15 to 8 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Both teams combined to shoot 20 free-throws in the opening quarter. Central Plains went eight of eleven from the stripe, and Ulysses sank four of nine attempts.
Ulysses took over in the second quarter. Ryan Nightengale hit a three-pointer and added six more as part of the Tigers’ 26 points for the quarter. On defense, they held the Oilers to only 10 points.
At halftime, the Tigers led 34 to 25.
In the second half, Ulysses kept their lead and expanded on it.
Central Plains tried to be more aggressive on defense to get back in the game. Instead, they ended up with players in foul trouble. By the end of the game, Michael Laymon, Cole Lamatsch, and Tyler Holmes all fouled out.
“We didn’t start off the way we wanted and came out flat. We changed up our defense and got some transition buckets,” said Ulysses Head Coach Chris Wagner. “Ryan Nightengale has been frustrated the first couple of games as he has not found his shot. He’s a good shooter. I’m glad he got on tonight. He was a big help and will be going forward.”
“I was pretty happy with them. We made huge improvements from the first round,” said Central Plains Head Coach Bryce Steiner. “We were a little too aggressive and got into people too much. We rebounded well, and the defense played well.”
Peyton Ryan of Central Plains led all scorers with 17 points for the night. Michael Laymon added 10 points.
For Ulysses, Lance Walker tallied the most points with 16. Aaron Galindo followed with 15, and Ryan Nightengale added 13.
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