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Trojans boys hang on against Salina Central

Dylan Sherwood
Butler County Times Gazette
BJ Redic of Andover (25) elbows past the defense of Salina Central's Caden Kickhaefer in the Trojans' Friday victory at Central.

SALINA — Without Kaleb Gaddis and Jack Johnson, the Andover boys needed contributions from others Friday night against Salina Central.

The Trojans held a 12-point lead with 4:26 left in the game, but the Mustangs refused to go down without a fight. Central used a 9-0 run to pull within three points with 1:41 to go, but a basket by Chance Gulley with 34 seconds left was enough for the Trojans to take a 50-44 victory.

"Chance does a good job of getting to the rim and finishing with contact," Andover coach Martin Shetlar said. "It was a big play there because it could've went either way at that point, and it kind of went back our way. They were making shots.

Andover claimed its 30th straight victory and improved to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division II play. Central fell to 1-5 and 1-3 in league play.

Even without Gaddis and Johnson, the Trojans were able to fill the void by leading wire-to-wire without missing a beat. They found out Monday that they would be without the duo for Friday's game.

"All week in practice, they just kind of embraced that it's their time to step up," Shetlar said. "They've been playing little parts through the season. It was a chance for them to step up and do something." 

Eli Shetlar got things started with a pair of 3-pointers that turned into an 8-5 lead with 6:10 left in the first quarter and eventually into a 19-11 advantage after one.

The Mustangs were able to pull within three in the second, but Andover was able to stretch it back to six, 31-25, at halftime. Andover grabbed its first double-digit lead in the third on a basket by BJ Redic with 4:33 left in the quarter and led by as many as 15 and took a 43-35 advantage into the fourth.

Andover scored the first four points of the fourth before Central's 9-0 run made things interesting cutting it to three points before the Trojans were able to finish down the home stretch.

Jalen Beadles led the Trojans with 13 points while Eli Shetlar added 11. 

"He's a natural scorer," Coach Shetlar said. "He's been working hard and doing good things in practice. He did a good job tonight." 

Andover will seek its 31st consecutive victory when it travels to Maize for a 7:30 p.m. contest on Tuesday. 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS

ANDOVER 50, SALINA CENTRAL 44

ANDOVER (7-0,4-0)

Maikori 2-5 0-1 4, Beadles 5-12 1-2 13, Shetlar 4-7 0-0 11, Strausz 2-5 1-2 5, Redic 2-11 0-0 5, Klein 0-1 0-0 0, Gulley 3-5 0-1 6, Laub 1-4 0-0 2, Rudy 2-4 0-0 4.Totals 21-54 2-6 50. 

SALINA CENTRAL (1-5,1-3)

McMillan 1-6 0-2 2, Losey 1-6 0-0 2, Puckett 2-6 0-0 6, McHenry 8-13 1-2 18, Kickhaefer 5-11 2-4 14, Moore 1-6 0-0 2, Kavanagh 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 3-8 44.

Andover;19;12;12;7;—;50

Salina Central;11;14;10;9;—;44

3-point goals—A 6-17 (Beadles 2-3, Shelter 3-5, Klein 0-1, Gulley 0-1, Strausz 0-2, Laub 0-1, Redic 1-4), SC 5-18 (McMillan 0-1, Losey 0-4, Moore 0-3, Puckett 2-4, McHenry 1-1, Kickhaefer 2-5). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—A 32 (Rudy 7), SC 31 (Kickhaefer). Turnovers—A 13, SC 15. Total fouls—A 9, SC 10.