WICHITA—The first half of Friday night's boys basketball game at Collegiate turned into a duel between Connor Hurst and Riley Kemmer.
Hurst scored all seven of the Orioles' points in the first quarter and finished the half with 15 points. Kemmer had 11 of the Spartans' points to lead his team to a 33-29 lead going into the locker room.
Augusta's boys basketball team couldn't keep up with the Spartans, who outscored the Orioles 23-9 in the third quarter on way to a 69-52 win.
"I thought that in the first half, we never got in the flow. Our offense was awful. Just turnover after turnover. So none of our guys got in the flow shooting, and we have to hit shots, and we just didn't in the second half," coach David Stephenson said.
Hurst made seven field goals in the first half, including a 3-pointer. He finished with 20 points. Kemmer, one of the best players in the state, scored 18 points. Stephenson said the Orioles did an okay job on Kemmer
Stephenson agreed that the Orioles gave up too many silly turnovers that led to easy fast-break points for a Collegiate team that already is quick and wants to get out in the open. Augusta had five turnovers in each of the first three quarters, some of which were simply bad passes.
Hurst was working hard to get some open shots when nothing else opened up offensively for Augusta. Kesten Trebbe finally got going a little bit. He hit two 3-pointers and made 5 of 6 free throws after getting fouled on two other 3-point attempts. Trebbe finished with 15 points.
When the Orioles were keeping Kemmer from dominating the game, Collegiate turned to 6-foot-5 Elliott Mann, who added 18 points of his own. As it probably would for a lot of teams, having two big men dominate the paint proved difficult for the Orioles to stop.
Brandon Smith and Chase Winter both finished with four points. Kyler Steinkamp was held to just two points. Dustyn McEachern hit a 3-pointer for his only basket. Both Tristan Finch and Kolton Schenker added two points apiece.
Augusta hosts Wellington Tuesday for senior night, then closes the regular season on the road at Clearwater as the team works to get ready for its sub-state tournament in Mulvane.
"We've talked a lot about in every moment, in every possession, just getting better," Stephenson said about getting read for sub-state. "I think we're mentally a little ways away. Physically I think we're where we need to be. Mentally, we've just got to get better."
- The JV boys lost 60-42 to Collegiate. The Orioles only scored three points in the second quarter. McEachern led the Orioles with 11 points. Chase Hull added 10 points.