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Haven boys cruise past Central Plains

Published: Dec. 17, 2021 at 11:30 PM CST
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CLAFLIN, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Wildcat and Oiler boys entered the new season with entirely different goals. With eight players standing at least six feet tall and with plenty of experience, Haven entered the year ranked No. 10 in Class 3A. Central Plains coach Bryce Steiner was left with a depleted roster of just seven players, most with little to no varsity experience.

All that showed up on the court Friday as the Wildcats scored the first 14 points of the game and held the Oilers scoreless in the second and fourth quarters. The result was a 71-22 win.

Haven’s zone defense helped force eight turnovers in the first quarter. Junior DJ Miller took an early steal the distance and senior Zeke Kraft and Miller each hit threes for the 14-0 score just past the midway point in the first.

The Oilers ended the drought with free throws from freshman Joel Schreiber. Sophomore Peyton Ryan added a three, then swished another long three at the buzzer to keep Central Plains in the mix at 19-10.

The Wildcats took over in the second on 9-of-17 shooting. Six-foot-six senior Dalton Schrag was nearly perfect with eight points in the frame, and 6-4 junior Brady Sipe added six points in the quarter. Haven pulled ahead 37-10 by halftime.

Ryan hit two more treys in the third quarter, and Evan Stratmann and Schreiber each added threes. But that would be it for the Oiler offense in the game.

Sipe was just warming up with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the third quarter. He scored 22 of his game-high 24 points through three quarters and also grabbed seven rebounds in the win. Haven pulled ahead 55-22 to set up a running-clock fourth.

The Oilers were still no match for Haven’s size in the abbreviated final frame. Six-foot-four junior David Yoder scored six of his nine points in the quarter. Miller added another basket to finish the night with 16 points, and Miller scored twice to end his game with nine points.

Ryan scored all 12 of his points from the perimeter to lead Central Plains. Stratmann added six points, and Schreiber scored four points.

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