The El Dorado boys basketball team ended a three-game losing streak with a 51-43 upset victory over Collegiate on Thursday night in the first round of the Bluestem Classic at El Dorado High School.
After defeating Collegiate, the sixth-seeded Wildcats advanced to play the second-seeded Campus Colts on Friday night in the semifinals, where they fell by a score of 62-36.
El Dorado was able to keep pace with the Colts in the first quarter. Campus’ Tyler Kahmann knocked down a big three near the end of the opening quarter to give the Colts a 13-9 lead heading into the second quarter.
Campus sophomore Sterling Chapman knocked down three threes in the second quarter, helping the Colts strengthen their lead. El Dorado senior Jarin Koehler finished the quarter with six points for the Wildcats, but Campus was able to take a 29-21 lead at halftime.
El Dorado was able to keep the Colts’ lead to single digits after three quarters, as Campus led 40-31 heading into the final quarter.
The Colts dominated the final quarter from start to finish, outscoring El Dorado 22-5 in the final eight minutes for a 62-36 victory.
Jarin Koehler led the Wildcats with 15 points.
Sterling Chapman finished with a game-high 19 for the Colts. Campus senior Tyler Kahmann added 18, and Thomas King was also in double figures with 12 points.
El Dorado will face Kapaun (4-7) in the third-place game on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Campus will battle with Trinity in the championship game at 6:45 p.m.