Lyons boys knock off No. 7 Hoisington in running-clock win

Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 11:24 PM CST
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HOISINGTON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Only one team has managed to beat Hesston this season. After an overtime win against the Swathers, Lyons set its sights on No. 7 Hoisington Friday night in another premiere Central Kansas League battle. Close at the half, the Lions held the potent Cardinal offense to just 11 points in the second half to stretch out a 62-34 win.

“We definitely did not play well against Haven,” said Lyons senior Trey McClure. “We got it back here and got back the same swagger we were playing with beforehand. We definitely did not expect to come in here and do that. They’re too good a team.”

Hoisington averaged nearly 70 points a night for the first third of the season and nearly beat a Hays team that remains unbeaten in Class 5A. The Cardinals hung with Hesston for 30 minutes but hit a season low with the 34 points Friday night.

“Our defense has been pretty good all year,” said Lyons coach Brian Friess. “We’ve kind of hung our hat on that. When we hit threes like we did, we’re pretty decent. We were pretty good tonight. I say Hesston is probably the best game we’ve played, and Ellinwood is maybe next. But I’m not sure tonight doesn’t rank right up there. These guys are really good. To hold them to 34 points, that’s pretty good defense.”

Both teams hit the floor hot, combining for five-consecutive makes and an early 7-5 Hoisington lead. Lyons senior Rey Alamos had the hottest hand of them all, making all three 3-point tries in the opening frame, including a half-court shot at the buzzer to give the Lions an 18-13 lead.

Hoisington senior Mason Haxton kept the Cardinals in the game in the second quarter with nine of his team’s 10 points in the frame. On the other end, Lyons got treys from Trey McClure, Cade Crawford, and a buzzer beater from Rolando Ordaz. The Lions went 7 of 11 from downtown in the first half to lead 33-23 at the break.

Alamos opened the second half with another 3-pointer and McClure score six points to extend the lead to 50-31 with a quarter to play.

That’s when the wheels fell off for the Cardinal offense. Senior Dylan Richards sank a free throw for the first Cardinal points in the quarter with 4:14 to play. A pair of McClure free throws with 4:08 remaining put the clock in motion for good with a 62-32 score. Hoisington made its lone field goal in the fourth in the final minute against the Lyons bench.

Alamos made six of his eight 3-point attempts to lead all players with 22 points. McClure made 10 of his 11 free throws in the game to add 21 points for the Lyons. Haxton finished with 15 points for Hoisington, and senior Drew Nicholson added six points after a hot start with four points in the first 80 seconds.

Both Lyons and Hoisington sit in the No. 3 spot of difficult substates. Lyons improves to 12-4 overall but still sits behind CKL foes Hesston and Haven in the Hesston bracket. Even with a win over Haven, Hoisington moves to 14-4 and sits behind top-ranked Lakin (18-0) and Hugoton (15-2) in the Larned bracket.

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