St. John, Central Plains to meet for 4th time in title game

DODGE CITY, Kan. Another overtime win for St. John Friday in Dodge City. The Tigers held off Osborne, 43-37 in the Boys 1A State semifinals. St. John won the OT, outscoring the Bulldogs 9-3 after regulation.

#6 St. John defeated #2 Osborne 43-37 in OT in the semifinals of the 2019 1A State Basketball Championship at United Wireless Arena in Dodge City on Friday, March 8, 2019. (Photo: Everett Royer, www.ksportsimages.com)

Free throws were the big difference in the game. The Tigers went 17/29 from the charity stripe, compared to Osborne's 3/7.

St. John was led by Mason Osborne, who scored 14 points to go with 5 rebounds. Tanner Halling scored 13, and was a monster on the glass with 12 rebounds.

Osborne saw double digit scoring from Darnell Holloway and Steele Wolters, who scored 13 and 11 points respectively.

On the other side, Central Plains won their 52nd consecutive game, an 18 point win over 4 seed Caldwell.

Brett Leibl was huge for the Oilers, scoring a game high 25 points on 11/12 shooting. He added 8 boards, nearly posting a double-double. Alex Hickel joined Liebl in double-figures with 16 points.

As a team, the Oilers shot 65% from the field, assisting on 18 of their 24 makes. And while it was a cold shooting night for Devin Ryan, he led the way with 8 dimes to go with his 4 points.

In the loss, Jalen Risley led the way for Caldwell with 13 points and 4 assists. Dru Volavka came off the bench in a big way for the Bluejays, scoring 12 points on 5/6 shooting, including a pair of threes.

All that sets up, for the fourth time this season, a matchup between rivals Central Plains and St. John. The Oilers are responsible for 3 of the Tigers 4 losses on the season--two scheduled and a third in a mid-season tournament final. St. John, however, has been the one team that has given Central Plains somewhat of a test this season. The Tigers are responsible for Central Plains' two closest games of the year, a 13 point loss in December and an 11 point loss in January.


#6 St. John defeated #2 Osborne 43-37 in OT in the semifinals of the 2019 1A State Basketball Championship at United Wireless Arena in Dodge City on Friday, March 8, 2019. (Photo: Everett Royer, www.ksportsimages.com)