NESS CITY, Kan. The Ness City Eagles advanced to the 2A Sub-State semi-final round after defeating the Meade Buffaloes 61 to 58.
Ness City Eagle #3 Angel Guzman drives to the basket in the first quarter. The Meade Buffaloes took on the Ness City Eagles in a 2A Sub-State Game held at Ness City High School in Ness City, Kansas on February 25, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Ness City hosted the game as the three seed in the Meade 2A Sub-State. The Meade Buffaloes entered the night as the six seed.
The Eagles took an early lead. Meade would nibble and try to get ahead. They managed to tie the game a seven all about midway in the first quarter. Ness City quickly regained the lead.
Mead would mount small runs throughout the first and second quarters. They trimmed Ness City's lead to four at the end of the first half.
The third quarter is when Ness City poured on the points. They quickly built up the lead to as much as 14 points.
Midway into the fourth quarter, Meade took advantage of some Ness City turnovers and started to claw back. At under three minutes to go, they narrowed the Eagle lead to nine points.
Ness City took their time passing the ball around before going to the basket and melted away valuable time for Meade.
The Buffaloes countered with a full court press and forced more turnovers. With under two minutes left, Meade trimmed the lead to three points.
Ness City's Andres Rios went to work and pulled the lead back to seven points.
Meade did not quit though. With under three seconds to go, the Buffaloes had the ball down three and a chance to tie. Vance Shewey fired up a shot but it got tipped right after being released.
Ness City survived and advance to the semi-final round.
Andres Rios lead all scorers with 28 points. Fellow Ness City Eagles Landon Reinhardt contributed 14 and John Pfannenstiel added 13 points.
For Meade, Grant Gillum lead scoring with 14 points. Garrett Gillum put up 13 points. Vance Shewey added 12.
"This is always a tough one to get through knowing we are the higher seed and playing at home," said Ness City Head Coach Brandt Rogers. "I knew we would have a mismatch with either Andres Rios or Landon Reinhardt. I waited to see who would play who. Andres is such an animal down low for us and works his butt off."
Ness City advances to the semi-final round and will face the winner of the Staton County versus Sublette game.
Meade's season ends with a record of 12 and 9.