South Central led the whole way Tuesday night as the Timberwolves boys basketball team took on the Minneola Wildcats in a 2019 SPIAA League Basketball Tournament matchup.

The Wildcats hit got their first points of the night with about 4:19 left in the first quarter. By that point, they already trailed 14-0. The Timberwolves ended up winning 63-29.

“We came out hot,” South Central head coach Roe Macias said. “We came out and knocked down a bunch of shots. That’s one of those things where I tell the boys all the time: ‘If we run our stuff, we’re tough to beat,’ and that’s what happened. We ran offense the way it was supposed to run, found the open man, knocked down shots like we do.”

South Central advanced to face Kiowa County at 6 p.m. Friday. Minneola will play at 3 p.m. that same day against Spearville.

Minneola junior Tuck Lang had a team-high 17 points for the Wildcats. Fellow-junior Bryton Lantz had 11. Freshman Brayton Dewell had 1 for the Wildcats.

For the Timberwolves, junior Owen Alexander had the first 6 points of the game and finished with 17.

Junior Xavier Frazier was another key player, also registering 17 points for the Timberwolves who led 44-13 at halftime and 55-24 at the end of the third quarter.

Junior Gage Girk had 2 points for the Timberwolves, but he was one guy who Macias said really stuck out for reasons other than his scoring.

“Gage Girk came out and his job tonight was to limit Tuck Lang, and he does a great job of doing that,” Macias said. “It’s one of those where he comes out and does what he’s asked, and he did another good job tonight.”