Scott City comes back for playoff win over Russell

Scott City Beaver #33 Efren Tarango drives as Russell Bronco #25 David Pummell makes contact. ...
Scott City Beaver #33 Efren Tarango drives as Russell Bronco #25 David Pummell makes contact. The Scott City Beavers defeated the Russell Broncos 49-39 in the first round of the Goodland Class 3A Sub-State tournament held at Amos Morris Gymnasium in Russell, Kansas on February 28, 2022. (Photo: Joey Bahr, Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 10:19 PM CST
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RUSSELL, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Scott City Beavers overcame a 10 point deficit to win their 3A Boys Sub-State Basketball matchup against the Russell Broncos 49-39.Because of a three-way tie with three schools having a 10-10 record, a tie-breaking meeting was held in Scott City.  Phillipsburg ended up as the third seed, Russell fourth, and Scott City fifth.

With Russell being the higher seed, they hosted the game.

Russell won the opening tipoff.  They did not score on their first two trips to the offensive end as Scott City’s Gus Hawkins blocked the shots.  Jackson Cross hit a three-pointer about one minute into the game to start the scoring.

Scott City’s Austin Thon then hit three three-pointers in a row to give the Beavers a small lead.At 2:40 to go in the first quarter, Russell tied the game at 10 all.  Scott City would score a basket with under a minute to go to take a two-point lead into the second quarter.

Russell’s Jordayn Buhrle tied the game up at 14 all at the 5:17 mark in the second quarter.  Both sides would not score again until Jackson Cross laid the ball in with 1:27 left in the first half.  Lawson Bailey hit a basket for Scott City with 34 seconds to go in the second quarter to tie the game up again at 16 all.

The game remained tied into halftime.

Scott City’s Gus Hawkins scored an early basket to give the Beavers a two-point lead.  Jackson Cross countered with a three a minute later to retake the lead 19-18.Russell would grow the lead to four points with about three minutes remaining in the third quarter.  Back-to-back baskets by Scott City’s Ronald Weathers tied the game up once again at 25 all with a minute left.

The Broncos quickly responded with a pair of threes by Charlie Krug.  Russell led 31-25 at the end of the third quarter.

On Russell’s first two possessions, Jordayn Buhrle make a layup and Jackson Cross made two free-throws to give the Broncos their largest lead of the night, ten points, 35-25.Lawson Bailey then hit a three-pointer.  “It was the best rhythm shot I had all night so I took it and it went right in.”  The next trip down the ball made its way to Bailey’s hands and he took another three-point shot and it went in.    Jackson Cross scored a basket for Russell to try and keep the lead going.

Scott City’s Ronald Weathers then hit two threes to cap a 12-2 run that tied the game up again at 37 all.  Weathers would make another basket and a Dylan Metzger three would open up the lead for the Beavers.

When the game was over, Scott City led 49-39.Jackson Cross of Russell led all scorers with 16 points.  Jordayn Buhrle added 10 points.

For Scott City, Ronald Weathers led the Beavers with 14 points.  Gus Hawkins added 10 points.  As a team, the Beavers sank a total of nine three-pointers.

Russell ended their season with a 10-11 record.  It was their first 10 win season in 12 years.  “Considering the heart of our team are still juniors,” said Russell Head Coach Blaine Maier, “I think next year we can be a team to be reckoned with.

”Scott City advances to play number one seed Thomas More Prep-Marian on Thursday after TMP defeated Goodland 71-39.  “We will match up with their post player and against their quick guards,” said Scott City Head Coach Brian Gentry.  “We have to be in a good guarding position and make them take contested shots.  Then we need to find a better rhythm early in the game.”

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