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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Hays triumphs over Manhattan

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  • The Hays Indians were able disrupt the Manhattan Indians’ offense enough in recording the 42-36 victory Friday night in a Tournament of Champions semifinal contest at United Wireless Arena. Hays gave up only two field goals in the third quarter and withstood a fourth quarter rally by Manhattan to get their chance to win their first TOC title since 1955. In a game that featured defensive stands by both squads, it was Hays who were able to capitalize more on transition off turnovers, scoring 13 points off of turnovers. “It was a hard fought game,” said Hays head coach Rick Keltner. “It was two teams getting after each other where possessions were pretty precious. Both teams hard and deserve a lot of credit.” And despite how ugly the game got at times, guard Jordan Windholz had one of the most beautiful performances of the tournament for Hays (11-0), scoring 19 points in the win. Windholz was the only player to score in double figures in the game. “We just looked to slow it down and I was able to get the opportunities,” Windholz said. “We had great team passes and were unselfish. We knew Manhattan was a good team and you have to respect them. They slowed the game down (in a win over) Heights and they slowed it down against us.” Payton Stephens led Manhattan (6-4) in scoring with nine points and six rebounds. Hays scored seven of the first nine points of the game before Manhattan had a run of its own to cut the deficit to 12-9 by the end of the opening quarter. Manhattan allowed only two field goals in the second stanza and was able to get the game tied at 17-17 by halftime. The game remained close for most of the third quarter until a late run by Manhattan pushed the lead up to 26-21 after three quarters. Manhattan had only two field goals in the stanza. Manhattan tried to make a comeback in the fourth quarter and cut the deficit down to one with three minutes remaining in regulation, but Hays was able to make its free throws and made the defensive stops in crunch time to seal the victory. Body type J: Hays will play the winner of Wichita East-Maize in today’s championship game at 6 p.m., while Manhattan will play the loser of the East-Maize game for third place at 4 p.m. MANHATTAN (36) – Bret Fehr 2, Darian Taylor 4, Garret Francis 3, Gabe Awbrey 5, Alex Stitt 7, Pierson McAtee 6, Payton Stephens 9. Totals 14-36 3-6 36. HAYS (42) – Kyler Niernberger 1, Isaiah Nunnery 8, Jordan Windholz 19, Lane Clark 6, Brady Werth 5, Kade Parker 3. Totals 12-32 14-25 42. Manhattan 9 8 4 15 – 36 Hays 12 5 9 16 – 42 Three-point baskets – Manhattan 5 (McAtee 2, Awbrey 1, Francis 1, Stitt 1), Hays 4 (Windholz 3, Nunnery 1). Rebounds – Manhattan 27 (Stephens 6), Hays 22 (Clark 6). Assists – Manhattan 11 (McAtee 4), Hays 10 (Niernberger 1). Fouled out – Stephens, Parker. Total fouls – Manhattan 21, Hays 15. Records – Manhattan 6-4, Hays 11-0.
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