Dutton breaks school record in No. 4 Ellinwood win
Ellinwood, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Britton Dutton reached 40 points for the first time last February against Ness City. This season, the Ellinwood junior reached 40 points in two of his first three games, capped by a school-record 48-point night against Lincoln.
Dutton entered Friday’s contest against Otis-Bison just 12 points shy of the school’s career school mark. He scored 15 points in the first half to lead the fourth-ranked Eagles (2A) past the Cougars 73-23.
“It’s a big accomplishment but there are a lot of other things we still have to focus on, things I have to be able to do to keep going this season,” Dutton said.
There was little drama on the night as Dutton scored the first seven Ellinwood points in just over two minutes for a 7-3 lead. Dutton finished with nine points and senior Cody Zink scored eight points in the first quarter for a quick 22-5 lead.
The Eagles pulled ahead 35-8 midway through the second with a 3-pointer from junior Koy Behnke and fast-break baskets from Zink and sophomore Alek Brack.
All that set the stage for Dutton’s record-breaking shot. On an assist from Brack, Dutton hit a jumper with 35 seconds to play in the opening half. He added one more basket to send Ellinwood into the break with a 40-10 lead.
Ellinwood coach Derek Joiner, a former grad assistant to the legendary Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State, got his first real taste of basketball watching Todd Robins play at EHS in the mid-80s. Friday, Joiner watched from the sideline as his player broke Robins’ record.
“We know he’s a good player and he’s going to be a historic player for Ellinwood for a long time,” Joiner said of Dutton. “We haven’t really done a lot of things to try and get him those records. He’s worked really hard as a basketball player over the years, and just being good is what has gotten him those records.”
With all the drama out of the way, Dutton opened the third quarter with seven points in under three minutes. He added one more triple late in the frame before heading to the bench for good with 26 points.
Otis-Bison senior Peytan Butler paced the Cougars with nine points. Sophomore Riley Polly added five points.
Zink had three rebounds in the first quarter and finished the night with 14 points, including three putbacks. Behnke finished with 12 points, Heinz scored seven points, and sophomore Mason Moore hit a pair of late threes for his six points.
Ellinwood moves to 17-2 overall with losses against No. 7 Pratt (4A) and a last-second loss to No. 7 Southeast of Saline (3A). The Eagles have secured the No. 1 seed in the Class 2A Sublette substate, and will look to advance after back-to-back 18-5 finishes without a state appearance.
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