Saturday’s 2018 Tournament of Champions third-place game between Hays and Bishop Miege was close for just over a quarter.
Then Bishop Miege pulled away, comfortably winning 76-48.
Bishop Miege took a 5-0 lead in the first quarter but Hays, who took 50 3-point attempts in their loss the day before to Wichita Heights, drained two quick ones and took a lead with 5:02 left in the first.
The teams exchanged the lead three times in the first quarter and went into the second tied at 15-15.
After that, Bishop Miege took control. The Stags outscored Hays 16-5 in the second quarter, taking a 31-20 lead into halftime.
After that, they didn't relent, outscoring Hays 20-9 in the third. They led 51-29 going into the fourth.
Bishop Miege head coach Rick Zych said the Stags expected Hays to keep it close like they initially did.
“They play a different style and they hit some shots early,” Zych said. “I didn’t think we came out with a lot of enthusiasm and energy, but sometimes when the other team hits some shots, it scares ya. We played with some urgency after that.”
They also settled down and worked on letting Hays turn the ball over.
“We just had to settle in and defend and try to run ‘em up and down,” Zych said. “We’re fortunate, any time you get two wins.”
For Hays, seniors Cole Murphy, Ethan Nunnery and Peyton Kieffer all tied for a team-high 12 points. Kieffer had a team-high eight rebounds, Nunnery a team-high three assists.
Bishop Miege junior Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had a double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds, both of which were game-highs.
“We expect that out of him,” Zych said. “Nothing surprising. We expect that.”