Great Bend ties for WAC lead with win over Hays

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The Great Bend Panthers continue on a seven game winning streak after defeating the Hays Indians by a score of 60 to 56.

Great Bend Panther #14 Alex Schremmer takes a shot under the basket. The Hutchinson Salt Hawks visited the Great Bend Panthers for a basketball game held at the Panther Fieldhouse in Great Bend, Kansas on December 19, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

The Panthers last loss came at the hands of the Indians at Hays on January 14th.

Great Bend opened the scoring in the game with a three pointer by Alex Schremmer. Three other teammates would drain treys in the first quarter to help the team to a 14 to 9 lead.

By the end of the first half, Great Bend held a 26 to 20 lead.

The Panthers would extend their lead to as many as nine points at times. They would also let the Indians back in to narrow the advantage to only three points.

This pattern stayed constant for much of the game.

With only 18.5 seconds left in the game, Hays' Carson Kieffer hit a three-pointer to make it a 57-53 Great Bend lead.

Looking to narrow the lead farther, the Indians started to foul for possession.

An immediate foul after an inbounds put Great Bend's Ray Kuhlman on the line, he hit both free throws.

Jordan Dale then hit another three for the Indians. That left Hays down three with 3.9 to go.

A foul put Peyton Duvall on the line. He missed the first of two foul shots. His second shot bounced around the rim a few times and then fell in. His made shot gave Great Bend a two possession advantage.

"This win was awful special," said Great Bend Head Coach Tim Brooks. "It's our rival. We knew it wasn't going to be easy. We did good things on both sides of the floor.

"We had some other guys come in due to foul trouble. Cal Dunekack has been working really had and was awful good tonight."

Great Bend shot 87.5% from the free throw line tonight by going 14 of 16. "The players came up with a goal of shooting 80% free throws for the season," said Coach Brooks. Currently they are at 78%.

Carson Kieffer of Hays lead all scorers with 15 points for the night. Dalyn Schwarz added 12 points.

For Great Bend, Dalton Miller lead the scoring with 13 points. Alex Schremmer put up 11 points. Cal Dunekack came off the bench and scored 10 points.

Great Bend and Hays both hold 4 and 1 records in Western Athletic Conference play. If both teams continued tied, they will share the league title.

Hays sees their record fall to 9 and 6 on the season.

Great Bend improves their record to 13 and 4.