EMPORIA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Bishop Carroll's quest to repeat its 5A State Championship is still alive, after the Golden Eagles upset the 2-seed Bonner Springs 87-70 in the quarterfinal round.
Jan, 8, 2019; Wichita, Kansas, USA; The Heights Falcons played the Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles in a City League matchup at Heights ©Kelly Ross
The Golden Eagles got out to a fast start, leading 28-7 after one quarter and holding the Braves to only 33.3% shooting in the first half.
Bishop Carroll got into foul trouble early, giving players like Gunner Lynch the chance to score a game-tying 19 points from the bench.
"Everyone on that bench wants to play every game and it stinks that everyone won't be able to play every game, but when they get their shot, they'll go out and give it their all," he said. "That's what I love about this team."
Alex Littlejohn also scored 19 points, joining Enrique Lankford (13) and Tanner Mans (12) in double-figures.
The Golden Eagles entered the 5A tournament as a 7-seed, but Lynch said that won't hold them back from reaching their goal of repeating as champions.
"We don't care about what our seed is, we just come and we play as hard as we can and at the end of the day, that's what happens."
Bishop Carroll may have to play the rest of the tournament without senior starter Cade Becker, who left with a knee injury in the second quarter. Trainers report he hyper-extended his left knee. Becker has missed substantial time during his career with a foot injury and a shoulder injury.