Conner Frankamp scores 38 in first game at UWA

Conner Frankamp made his welcome to southwest Kansas with the rest of the Wichita North Redskins also saying 'Howdy' in a huge way. Frankamp scored 38 points and the other Redskins put on a defensive clinic in a 67-32 victory over the Buhler Crusaders in a first round game of the 70th Tournament of Champions at United Wireless Arena. Frankamp was 16-of-25 and made six 3-pointers as he outscored the Crusaders by himself. The Kansas recruit scored 23 points in the first half and said he felt very comfortable on a court he hadn't played on before Thursday. "I like this court," Frankamp said about the facilities. "I came out and got a good workout and just tried to get used to the rim." The Redskins (9-0) showed they don't have to rely on its offense to win games, playing a tight defense that disrupted the Crusaders throughout the game. North scored 18 points off of nine Buhler turnovers after eight minutes of play and scored 30 for the game off Crusaders miscues in the second half. "We have to do a better job of having a complete game when it comes to rebounding and defense," said North head coach Gary Squires. "We kind of let down on intensity after the first half. We ran sets really well and got Conner off to a good start, and the rest of the team kept it going for us." Frankamp added: "Our defense is really the most important part of our game. We practice on it more than anything else. We have quick guards and we just tried to get steals and deflect passes." The Redskins made 10 of their 13 shots in the opening quarter to lead 25-7 after the opening stanza.Frankamp scored 13 in the opening stanza and Tarius Williams added six more for the North cause. North shot 29-of-50 as a team with Williams also scoring in double figures for the Redskins with10 points. Brandon Keeler scored nine points to lead the Crusaders (1-8), while Jace Williams added seven points and grabbed six rebounds. BUHLER (32) -- Bransyn Felty 1-2 0-0 2, Quentin Henricks 0-1 1-2 1, Sam Maldonado 1-9 0-0 3, Daulton Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, Ryan Norquist 2-8 0-0 6, Luke Berblinger 0-3 0-0 0, Brandon Keeler 4-6 1-2 9, Jace Williams 3-3 1-2 7, Tyson Kuhn 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 13-36 3-6 32. WICHITA NORTH (67) -- Zach Beard 4, Tarius Williams 5-7 0-0 10, John Bogle 0-3 0-0 0, Beau Shockley 1-3 0-0 2, Conner Frankamp 16-25 0-0 38, Graeham Jarvis 1-2 0-0 3, Sean Bernard 2-4 2-2 6, Daniel Mathiasen 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 29-50 2-2 67. Buhler 7 11 4 10 -- 32 North 25 12 17 13 -- 67 Three-point baskets -- Buhler 3 (Maldonado 1, Norquist 2), North 7 (Frankamp 6, Jarvis 1). Records -- Buhler 1-8, Wichita North 9-0.