Haven and Garden Plain both entered Friday night with the same goal in mind, advance to the finals of the 50th annual Adolph Rupp invitational tournament in Halstead. Despite a late surge from the Owls, Haven was able to win 51-45.
Both teams were trying to establish footing early in the game, trading buckets when they could before forcing each other into a scoring drought.
The Wildcats found success from behind the three point line early. Zane Jacques saw a number of open looks thanks to spacing on the floor and good ball movement, he was able to cash in on one early in the first half.
That bucket would start a string of buckets in favor of the Wildcats. Haven’s guards, including Benaiah Yoder and Darby Roper made a living in the passing lanes and turned steals into points on the other end.
Despite being down, Garden Plain put together a late rally to get the game back within a few points before the Owls ran out of time.
In the second semifinal, the scoring was more lopsided when Cheney and Andale took to the court with the Cardinals taking the game, 62-55.
Andale held a slight size advantage down low and looked to be using that to its advantage early on.
Jack Nilles was able to corral an offensive rebound early to get the Indians going on offense. Cheney’s Zac Block answered with a post move of his own following the bucket.
Cheney’s Harrison Voth stole the show in the first half with 5 three point baskets made, single handedly outscoring Andale at the half.