The El Dorado and Great Bend boys basketball teams battled back and forth Friday night, before Great Bend was able to pull away late for a 60-46 win at the 50th Annual Bluestem Classic at El Dorado High School.

El Dorado led most of the first quarter, before Great Bend scored with six seconds left in the quarter to take a 12-11 lead.

The Wildcats opened the second quarter with a three by Jarin Koehler, followed by a bucket by Cameron Clausing to give El Dorado a 4-point lead. Both teams traded baskets as neither team could get ahed by more than 3 points. The two teams went to the locker rooms at halftime with Great Bend holding a one-point advantage with a 26-25 lead.

Great Bend came out of the locker room looking like a different team in the second half. The Panthers were able to find some offensive rhythm and outscore El Dorado 16-6 in the third quarter.

“Two days in a row we've had trouble in the third quarter keeping the same focus and intensity, and it's hurting us,” said El Dorado head coach Jordon Regehr.

After a disappointing third quarter by the Wildcats, Great Bend led 42-31 heading into the final quarter.

The Panthers were able to maintain a double digit lead in the fourth quarter thanks to free-throw shooting as they knocked down nine of level free throw attempts in the final quarter to come out with a 60-46 win over the home team.

“It was certainly a disappointing loss for us tonight,” said Regehr.

“The thing we've been talking about lately is consistency and playing 32 minutes. Moving forward, that's what we'll be trying to strive for.”

Jarin Koehler led the Wildcats with 17 points. Cameron Clauising finished with six points and was a huge factor on the glass for the Wildcats. Cody Wittenberg also finished with six points.

El Dorado will look to right the ship as they take on Newton in the seventh-place game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at El Dorado High School.