KC Piper topples Augusta for boys 4A state title, 86-53

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SALINA, Kan. (CIK) The Piper Pirates defeated the Augusta Orioles by a score of 86 to 53 to capture their first ever Basketball State Championship.

Augusta Oriole #4 Blake Altenhofen drives towards the basket in the third quarter. The Piper Pirates defeated the Augusta Orioles by a score of 86 to 53 in the Class 4A State Championship game held at Kurt Budke Court inside the Tony's Pizza Events Center in Salina, Kansas on March 9, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

The Pirates entered the Class 4A Tournament in Salina as the fourth seed with an 18 and 4 record. Augusta came in with the seventh seed on a 16 and 6 record.

The Orioles took a quick two point lead after getting the opening tip off. Piper's speed allowed them to quickly tie and then grab the lead.

The Pirates would never surrender that lead. They held a 20 to 12 advantage at the end of the first quarter. With three minutes left in the second quarter, Piper led by 17, which would be the largest margin in the half.

By halftime they doubled their point total and lead Augusta 40 to 28.

Tyrone Bates for Piper ended the first half with 13 points including two three pointers.

Both teams were close on rebounds with Augusta having nine defensive to Piper's ten in the first half. Where Piper shined was on offensive rebounds. They had seven to the Orioles one. Those offensive rebounds led to seven second chance baskets.

Piper shut the door in the fourth quarter. They put up 30 points in the final period.

Augusta could not find a way to stop the speed of the Pirates. They would trade baskets at times. The Orioles were unable to generate the defensive stops or turnovers to slow down the Piper scoring.

At the final whistle, Piper won by a score of 86 to 53.

Tyrone Bates led all scorers with 21 points. He also recorded eight assists, five rebounds, and three steals on the night. Teammate Tamar Bates added 20 points. Tyren Shelley contributed 15 points. Braijon Barnes scored 12 points and Brandan Jackson tallied 11 points.

For Augusta, Jaren Jackson lead the way with 20 points. Zach Davidson added ten points for the night.

"Not a lot of people expected us to be in this game," said Augusta Head Coach Jake Sims. "Probably not a lot of people expected us to win any games here this week. These guys believed in themselves. These guys have battled every night this season, but tonight just wasn't our night."

The victory marks the first ever Basketball Championship for the Piper Pirates.

"It's wonderful," said Piper Head Coach Toure' Grimes. "It feels like a dream right now. My players put it together, they worked hard. It was a total team effort."

Piper ends the season with a record of 21 and 4. Augusta ends the year with an 18 and 7 record.