The El Dorado Wildcats bounced back from their first defeat of the season at McPherson last week with their highest point output of the season against the Campus Colts in 73-55 win.
“It was important for the kids to comeback and on the scoreboard have a successful outing after our last game,” said El Dorado head coach Gary Melcher.
El Dorado was led by the 22 points of Travis House who knocked down four three-pointers.
“It was crucial, we knew that we were better than how we performed at McPherson and we worked hard at practice this week and it was nice to come out on top tonight,” said guard Travis House.
The Wildcats battled back in forth in the first half with Campus before the Colts took a 23-21 lead early in the second quarter.
A injury delay to Campus guard Jordan Sparks sent both teams to the locker rooms as paramedics attended to Sparks.
After the injury delay the Wildcats went on a 9-0 run before Campus coach Russell Herman called a time out.
El Dorado would finish the half with a 41-26 advantage.
“We try to make our opponents guard all of us and not just a few of us and to start the game we did not do that real well, we were shooting well but not playing well,” said Melcher.
The Wildcats outscored Campus 32-29 in the second half to maintain their lead and cruise to an opening round victory.
“We were sloppy on defense tonight our offense picked up our defense tonight, we have to find a way to stay consistent thoroughout the game and that will help us going forward in the tournament,” said House.
Jare Haury was also in double figure scoring for El Dorado with 15 points. Aaron Riffel poured in 13 points including a three point make for the Wildcats.
Trevor Crain had 8 points, Johnstone Scott had 6 points, Sam Haines had 5 points and Collin Just had 4 points.
Circle drops opening game to Kapaun
The Kapaun offense got rolling early against Circle and never stopped culminating in a 77-32 victory over the T-Birds in both team’s opening round game at the Bluestem Classic.
The Crusaders led 33-17 at half and outscored Circle 44-15 in the second half.
Circle was led by Garrett Cannon with 7 points. Stewart Dennison and Justin Wright each had 6 points.
Kaden Kirpatrick and Dominic Lara dropped in 4 points a piece.