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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Burrton boys fall to Tigers

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  • EMPORIA — The Burrton High School boys’ basketball team fell too far behind too early, spending the rest of the game trying to catch up before falling to top-seeded St. John-Hudson 68-44 Thursday in the Class 1A, Division I state tournament at White Auditorium in Emporia.?St. John-Hudson, 23-1, advances to today’s semifinals.?“They are a lot more physical than we were used to,” Burrton coach Tyler Hoopes said. “We got out of our offense and started to freelance a little bit. We had 14 turnovers in the first half. We only average about 11 a game. That’s a credit to them.”?Burrton finishes the season 10-14. The Chargers entered state on a five-game winning streak, winning seven of the last nine games.. Burrton was the fifth and lowest seed in sub-state, but beat the fourth, first and third seeds to advance to the state tournament.?“This has been a great run for us to get to state,” Hoopes said. “We finished the season as a much better team than we started. We improved every week, and that’s all you can ask.”?Nathan Harper led Burrton with 22 points, hitting six of nine 3-pointers. Trae Lane added 10 points.?“Nathan shot the ball very well,” Hoopes said. “He got hot tonight. He can shoot like than when he’s on.”?St. John-Hudson was led by Dean Wade with 19 points. Ethan Long and Zuriel Reyes added 12 points each. Spencer Nuss scored 10 points.?St. John jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the first four minutes of play. Burrton had six turnovers and just two shots taken in the span. Burrton finished the quarter with 10 turnovers, trailing 19-7.?The Tigers struggled with turnovers in the second quarter, allowing Burrton to draw within six. St. John responded with a 10-0 run to lead 32-16 at the half.?Wade scored five points in the first minute of the third quarter. Burrton trailed 51-28 at the end of the period.?Burrton opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run. The Tigers replied with a 6-0 run.?Burrton loses three seniors — Trae Lane, Ruben Flores and Mats Kaiser.?“The team has started to gel,” Hoopes said. “We just need to work on our game in the summer. We need to get a lot stronger.”

    BURRTON (10-14) — T.Lane 3-16 4-4 10, Flores 0-1 3-4 3, Hurst 1-3 1-2 3, Kaiser 0-0 0-0 0, Harper 8-16 0-0 22, Leonard 0-4 0-0 0, K.Lane 2-5 0-0 4, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Mahoney 0-1 0-0 0, Bingham 1-2 0-0 2, Hardin 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 15-49 8-10 44.?ST. JOHN-HUDSON (23-1) — Kinnamon 1-5 3-5 5, Nusser 3-6 2-4 10, Long 4-9 3-4 12, Wade 7-10 5-6 19, Reyes 4-11 1-2 12, G.Calleros 0-1 2-2 2, Nelson 1-2 0-0 2, O.Ramirez 1-2 0-0 2, F.Calleros 0-0 0-0 0, J.Ramirez 0-0 0-0 0, Alverez 1-5 0-0 2, Milton 0-1 2-2 2, TOTALS 22-52 18-25 68.?Burrton 7 9 12 16 —44?St. John-H. 19 13 19 17 —68?Total fouls — Bur. 20, SJH 17. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — Bur.: T.Lane, K.Lane. 3-point shooting — Bur. 6-16 (T.Lane 0-4, Harper 6-9, Leonard 0-2, K.Lane), SJH 6-17 (Kinnamon 0-2, Nusser 2-4, Long 1-1, Reyes 3-8, G.Calleros 0-1, Milton 0-1). Rebounds — Bur. 26 (K.Lane 5), SJH 44 (Nusser 9). Assists — Bur. 9 (T.Lane 4), SJH 13 (Reyes 3, O.Ramirez 3). Turnovers — Bur. 19 (T.Lane 6), SJH 17 (Wade 5). Blocked shots — Bur. 2 (T.Lane 2), SJH 3 (three with 1). Steals — Bur. 8 (T.Lane 6), SJH 7 (Long 3).

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