Russell hangs on against Dewey, Plainville
RUSSELL, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - It’s never too early for some high-pressure basketball. The Russell boys trailed by as many as seven points in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s Amos Morris semifinal game in Russell. The Broncs battled back for force overtime against Plainville, never trailing in the extra frame to beat the Cards 64-60.
Cardinal senior Trenton Downing hit a big three with 4:12 remaining in regulation to put Plainville in charge 52-45. Russell senior Josh Sohm proved heroic late, first scoring on an inbounds pass to pull the Broncs to within one, then giving Russell the lead after backing down his defender with 1:15 remaining.
Things still got wild down the stretch. Bronc junior Wyatt Middleton made a pair of free throws, but Plainville senior Anders Dewey had the hot hand all night, banking in a trey to again tie the score with 15 seconds remaining. Russell had a chance to win at the line late, and Plainville failed to get off a shot on its final possession in regulation.
Into overtime the Broncs never trailed. Sohm again backed down his defender just 50 seconds in, then junior Jackson Cross hit a big three. Two free throws from Sohm bumped the Russell lead to 62-57 with under a minute to play.
The Cards never quit battling. Dewey hit a late shot and Plainville kept it to a single possession until Russell iced the game at the free throw line.
Early on it was all Plainville’s outside shooters. Dewey swished a pair of threes just 49 seconds in to put the Cards up 6-0. Senior Ethan Hamilton took a steal the distance, then he found senior Brandon Brin and the Cards pulled ahead 13-2.
Russell eventually settled in, getting six points each from Sohm and junior Charlie Krug in the opening quarter to get the score back to 18-15.
Dewey kept up his hot hand with three more triples in the second quarter. He scored 13 of Plainville’s 17 points in the frame. But the Broncs stayed close, eventually taking their first lead of the game at 28-27 on a 3-pointer from Cross with 2:05 to play in the half. Russell trailed just 33-32 at the break.
Dewey finished with six threes in the game to lead all players with 32 points. Brin added eight points, and Hamilton and Madden Staab each scored six points.
Sohm paced Russell with 18 points. Cross added 12 points and seven boards for the Broncs, Krug and Jayce Peerman each scored nine points, and David Pummell finished with eight points. Six-foot-nine junior Jordayn Buhrle grabbed 11 rebounds to go with four points.
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