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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Red Demons fall to Eagles in fourth quarter lull

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  • By John Curtis Dodge City Daily Globe The Dodge City Red Demons shot well for the first 24 minutes of their contest against the Maize Eagles in the final game of the first round of the 71st Tournament of Champions. But the Red Demons went cold in the final quarter — not scoring in the final four minutes of the game — and the Eagles were able to complete a comeback to win the game 40-38 Thursday night at United Wireless Arena. Dodge City head coach Dennis Hamilton said the Red Demons didn't protect the lead in the latter stages of the game with a six-point lead with four minutes remaining in the final stanza. "We took a couple of questionable shots there at the four-minute mark when we had the lead," Hamilton said. "Let's give Maize a lot of credit because they played good defense and that's what they lay their hat on. "The lesson still to be learned is how they bounce back. They got beat and we play in the afternoon. We'll find out where we are around 5 o'clock." The Eagles used their defense to stay in the game and Maize head coach Chris Davis said he was proud of his team staying in the contest to give themselves a chance to win. "I like the way our guys battled," Davis said. "We've been a good second half team all year long and I knew when we got it tied that we would find some way to gut it out. "That's what seniors do for you and we have five or six who play well down the stretch for us." Austin Weiser scored 12 points to lead Dodge City (4-4) and Jace Larson added 10 in the loss. Aaron Shaw scored 11 points to lead Maize (9-1) while Ky-Sean Johnson came off the bench to add nine in the win. The Red Demons took an early lead in the contest and extended the lead to six after the first quarter. Maize tied the game in the second stanza before Dodge City was able to regain the lead at 23-19 at intermission. Weiser scored 10 points to lead the Demons in the first half, who shot 9-of-14 as a team after 16 minutes of play. Johnson scored seven points before intermission to lead Maize. Dodge City continued to be patient on offense in the third quarter; making five of its eight shots in the period. A three-pointer by Dayton McGroarty at the buzzer put the Red Demons ahead 34-29 going into the final quarter. The Red Demons got baskets from Larson and Julian Sands to build the lead up to 38-32 with four minutes remaining, but couldn't get another shot to fall in the game. Maize was able to tie the game at 38-38 with two minutes left in regulation and single free throws by Johnson and Jacob Horsch were the only points scored to give Maize the win. Dodge City had three chances to tie or win the game in the final seven seconds, but the ball bounced off the iron on all three attempts. Dodge City will face Leavenworth in a consolation battle at 3:30 p.m., while Maize will face Wichita East in a semifinal contest at 8:30 p.m. MAIZE (40) — Jacob Horsch 4, Ky-Sean Johnson 9, Connor Lungwitz 8, Caleb Wilcox 3, Aaron Shaw 11, Connor Eleeson 5. Totals 14-38 8-17 40. DODGE CITY (38) — Julian Sands 3, Dayton McGroarty 3, Bryce Unruh 4, Austin Weiser 12, Jackson Oldham 3, Jace Larson 10, Noah Williams 3. Totals 16-30 4-10 38. Maize 7 12 10 11 — 40 Dodge City 12 10 11 4 — 38 Three-point baskets — Maize 4 (Horsch 1, Johnson 2, Eleeson 1), Dodge City 2 (McGroarty 1, Oldham 1). Rebounds — Maize 24 (Lungwitz 6), Dodge City 22 (Larson 7). Assists — Maize 13 (Wilcox 4), Dodge Ciy 9 (Weiser 4). Total fouls — Maize 15, Dodge City 13. Records — Maize 9-1, Dodge City 4-4.
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