Hays boys outlast Hoisington in overtime

Hays Indian #5 TJ Nunnery goes for a layup as Hoisington Cardinal #0 Drew Nicholson defends. ...
Hays Indian #5 TJ Nunnery goes for a layup as Hoisington Cardinal #0 Drew Nicholson defends. The Hays Indians won in overtime over the Hoisington Cardinals by a score of 64 to 63 in a basketball game held at the Hoisington Activity Center in Hoisington, Kansas on December 15, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)
Published: Dec. 17, 2020 at 2:21 PM CST
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HOISINGTON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Hays Indians came from behind to force overtime and secure their first road victory over the Hoisington Cardinals by a score of 64 to 63.

The Indians came to Hoisington with a number six ranking by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association in Class 5A.  The Cardinals received a number five ranking for Class 3A from the KBCA.

The game started with the Indians taking a quick lead.  Hoisington quickly tied it up at six all with under seven minutes left in the first quarter.  Drew Nicholson would add a three to the Cardinals’ score to take the lead.

Hoisington ended the quarter with 21 points.  Twelve of the points came from behind the three-point line.  Nicholson scored ten points by himself in the opening quarter.

Hays trailed closely with 17 points.

A quick run to start the quarter put the Indians on top 22 to 21.  A three-pointer put the home team back in the lead.

Hoisington would score a total of eight three-pointers in the first half.  The treys helped the Cardinals to a 37 to 31 lead at the halftime break.

When play resumed, the two teams took a more cautious approach.   By the end of the third quarter, Hays has only chipped one point of the Cardinal lead, trailing 48 to 41.

The Indians made their move in the fourth quarter.  They outscored the Cardinals 17 to 10.  The score stood tied 58 all at the end of the fourth quarter.

Four more minutes went up on the board.  Hays continued to control the pace of play.  As the extra period continued, Hoisington began to foul more.

The Indians went to the free-throw line for eight shots in overtime.  They only managed to make three.  Those three points proved to be enough to put Hays up 64 to 60 with 3.6 seconds left.

As the buzzer sounded, a three-pointer from Holt Hanzlick swished in the basket.  Hoisington fell one point short.

“In the first half, we were impatient and sloppy on offense,” said Hays Head Coach Alex Hutchins.  “Defensively, we did not play with the intensity we needed to.  In the second half, it looked like we took accountability and rose up to the challenge.”

“We struggled to get a bucket late and get rebounds off free-throws late,” said Hoisington Head Coach Kyle Haxton.  “We got too dribble happy in the fourth quarter.  Hays would get a hand on the ball and kill our momentum.

“This game will help us get ready for post-season play.  We’re going to take a lot away from how we can get better when we get in these situations.  Hopefully the end result will be different next time.”

Drew Nicholson led all scorers with 25 points for Hoisington.  Mason Haxton added 12 points, and Holt Hanzlick scored 10.  As a team, the Cardinals scored ten three-pointers.  They also were perfect from the free-throw line going nine of nine.

Carson Kieffer led the Indians with 19 points.  Jason Krannawitter contributed 16 points, and Dalyn Schwarz added 12 points.  Schwarz made the final two free-throws to give the team a four-point lead with under four seconds to go.

The Indians only made 11 of 18 free-throws for the game.  They also sank seven three-pointers.

Hays maintains their perfect record going to 4 and 0.  Hoisington’s record stands at 4 and 1.

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