When it came down to the end of the third-place game in the Tournament of Champions on Saturday at the Civic Center, free throws would be the difference.

    Cameron Cornelius made 10-of-10 of his free-throw attempts in the game’s final two minutes as Derby High School defeated Wichita South 65-62.

    “I always knew I could make free throws,” Cornelius said.


When it came down to the end of the third-place game in the Tournament of Champions on Saturday at the Civic Center, free throws would be the difference.
    Cameron Cornelius made 10-of-10 of his free-throw attempts in the game’s final two minutes as Derby High School defeated Wichita South 65-62.
    “I always knew I could make free throws,” Cornelius said.
    Cornelius made 11-of-13 free throw attempts during the game, and finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and three steals. He shot 63 percent from the field and was 1-of-1 from 3-point land.
    Derby’s final 11 points all came from the charity stripe. South, on the other hand, made 1-of-3 free-throw attempts in the final two minutes and was 64 percent from the line on the night.
    Diallo Wesley led South with 15 points. Patrick Parker and Jeremy Wilson each had 14 for the Titans.
    Derby went 2-1 in the tournament and is now 5-5 overall. South is 1-2, 3-9.
    “We were in a valley and we are trying to dig ourselves out,” South head coach Demarrco Owens said, “but we keep slipping back down.”
    After a rough start, Cornelius gave Derby its first lead 20 seconds into the second half with a 3-pointer.
    Derby used the 3-point shot to cut into a 26-18 South lead and tie the game at 30 at the half.
    Derby’s Keenan Sparks and Christian Smith each sank a 3-pointer towards the end of the half. Smith’s shot with about minute left tied the game. Smith finished with 16 points, including shooting 4-of-4 from behind the arc.
    Derby made 55 percent of its 3-point attempts in the first half. Sparks and Smith combined to shoot 5-of-7 from behind the arc. They went 6-of-8 in the game, and the team shot 58 percent.
    South started the game on a 9-0 run. Patrick Parker had a steal and a layup for the game’s first points and Jeremy Wilson hit a 3-pointer a the end of the scoring streak.
    With five minutes left in the first quarter, Jabril Richardson scored Derby’s first points as the Panthers battled back.

“I knew we had to step it up now or take a three-hour trip home after a loss,” Cornelius said. “You know, no talking on the bus.”