Hesston boys go on a scoring frenzy against Buhler

Published: Jan. 29, 2021 at 10:59 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Undefeated Hesston came into this matchup with Buhler knowing it was going to be an aggressive, physical battle. But the Swathers were able to shut down the Crusaders shooting and win by nearly 30 points; 68-39.

Hesston head coach Greg Raleigh said, “We know Buhler’s a good team, number three ranked team in 4A, we always play them tough. Alexander’s a really good player, they’ve got a lot of other tools.”

“You know you just have to stop Alexander to win and he had a pretty good night, but we felt like we slowed him down enough that we got it done,” said Hesston senior Jackson Humphreys.

“Just focusing on stopping the drive and forcing them to shoot tough shots like those 15-foot pull-ups, we’ll live with that all day,” said Hesston senior Braden Esau.

Raleigh said, “We’re a fairly physical team, we play hard on defense. We didn’t do it real well early, and they took advantage and it’s how they called it and that’s ok. We’re very very deep.”

“They were calling a lot of blocks and charges the whole game, probably more than we’ve had the whole season so It’s kind of frustrating but we’re deep so we could just play through it,” said Esau.

Humphreys said, “We just showed up tonight and we played our butts off and we just really shot the ball well.”

“We’ve got 8, 9 guys that can get double figures any night and especially at the end, I thought we spread the court, found open people and shot good shots,” said Raleigh.

Hesston is now 12-0 this season and with a lot of returning experience, they’re hoping to finish the state title run that they couldn’t last year.

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