HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The first day of the 2020 KSHSAA 3A Boys State Basketball Tournament saw a major upset with the top seed Haven Wildcats falling to the Saint Marys Bears.
The day started with the Colby Eagles facing the Wichita Collegiate Spartans. The Spartans won the game by a score of 58 to 46.
Collegiate led from the first quarter on and took an eight point lead into the locker room at halftime.
Spartan Gradey Dick led all players with 21 points. Teammate Jack Duarte added 17 points.
For Colby, Calvin Stapp and Peyton Wahlmeier both scored 12 points. Ryan Myers contributed 11 points.
Colby's season ends with a 16 and 8 record.
Collegiate advances to the semifinals on Friday and will face the winner of the next game.
For the second game of the day, the Beloit Trojans squared off against the Nemaha Central Thunder. Beloit won the game after a dominating third quarter by a score of 51 to 43.
Nemaha Central started the game solidly jumping to a 12 to 7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter they tried to hold on to the lead as Beloit started to surge late. They held the Trojans back by one point at halftime, 24 to 23.
Beloit scored 17 total points in the third quarter, including making three three-pointers out of four attempted. Nemaha Central added 13 to trail by only three points at the break.
The Trojans would score 11 points to extend their lead at the game to 51 to 43.
Bryce Mason of Beloit led all scorers with 16 points. Vincent Palen added 11 points.
Marcus Beck scored 11 points for Nemaha Central.
"You get here and you see a little bit of everything," said Beloit Head Coach Ryan Eilert, "and you have to be able to adjust. We went to a zone in the third and slowed things down and changed things in the game."
Nemaha Central end the year with a 17 and 6 record.
Beloit will face Wichita Collegiate in the 4:45 PM Semi-Final on Friday.
In the biggest upset of the night, the Saint Marys Bears, the eighth seed, defeated the top seeded Haven Wildcats by a score of 49 to 44.
The Bears knocked Haven back in the first half with a hot hand from behind the arc. At halftime, Saint Marys led 29 to 14. They made seven of 11 three point shots in the half. Five Bears had at least one made three pointer. Jaxon Hurla sank three of the three he shot.
Haven made a run in the second half. They narrowed the deficit to nine points at the end of the third quarter. They would narrow the lead to just two points late in the fourth quarter. When they got it close, Saint Marys would find a way to score and extend the lead.
Isiah Holz led Saint Marys in scoring with 13 points. Caden Hurla added 11 points.
For Haven, Wyatt Carmichael also scored 13 points. Benaiah Yoder contributed 10 points.
Continuing a trend from Sub-State, Saint Marys made eight three-pointers in the game. They did the same in all three of their Sub-State games.
"Saint Marys is good, very good," said Haven Head Coach Lonnie Paramore. "We were passive on both sides of the floor in the first half. That second half was more like how we played most of the year.
"This team did not quit and they still did something no other Haven team had done since 1988 by going to State. We just hoped to go farther than this."
Haven ends the year with a 21 and 3 record.
Saint Marys moves on to face Galena in the 8:15 PM Semi-Final on Friday.