BEL AIRE — A game featuring a pair of Harvey County-based teams was among those on the first day of competition in the Mid America Youth Basketball Summer Kickoff Tournament Friday at various venues in the region.
In the junior-senior boys, the Sedgwick Cardinals pressed the Newton Railers for most of the game before Newton closed out a 70-67 win at Wichita Hoops in Bel Aire.
“I thought the kids really played hard and competed,” Sedgwick coach Darren Crumrine said. “We made mistakes, but that’s why we’re out here, trying to fix some things.”
Crumrine also coaches the Sedgwick High School team. Newton High School coach Andy Hill was behind the bench for the Newton squad, but could not be reached for comment. Hill finished his first season with the Railers last March, leading Newton to its first sub-state finals berth in years.
“I just want them to play together and play hard,” Crumrine said. “That’s pretty much it. We ran our base defense. We have a simplistic approach to offense. I’d draw something up on time outs and they’d execute it. I just want them to improve individually. We have a couple of guys taking the ACT before our first game (Saturday), so that might be interesting. I hope we come back with the same energy.”
Newton opened the day with a 75-60 win over Kansas Triple Threat Silver, while Sedgwick beat the GFS Elite of Missouri 60-48.
The Newton junior-senior boys trailed 11-0 to Sedgwick in the opening minutes of the game, but came back to tie the game at 19-19 and then take a 24-19 lead. Newton led by three at the half, 28-24.
Newton extended its lead early in the second half, but the Cardinals came back to tie the game 34-34. Newton pulled back out by six, but gave up a 13-2 run. Newton came back to tie 55-55 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. Neither team held a lead of more than five points until the final minute of play, when Newton hit four of six free throws. Sedgwick hit a 3-point play at the buzzer.
Individual scoring was not available.
Sedgwick closes out pool play with games at 9:10 a.m. against the Kansas Triple Threat Silver and at 1:50 p.m. against the Colorado Hornets Black.
Newton closes out play at 9:10 a.m. against the GFS Elite and at 11:30 a.m. against the Colorado Hornets Black.
Bracket play then follows.
The Newton Railers freshman-sophomore boys opened play with a 67-62 loss to the Kansas Triple Threat at Goddard High School.
The Newton freshman-sophomore boys went back and forth against the Kansas Triple Threat for most of the game. Newton pulled away by nine with just under four minutes to play, but gave up three 3-pointers and a short jumper. Newton tied the game with 1:46 to play on a Jaxson Brackeen bucket, but the Triple Threat scored a three-point play with 48 seconds remaining and added two of four free throws in the remaining time.
Jaheem Ray scored 16 points for Newton, followed by Brackeen with 15, Colin Sauceda with 11 and Max Ruth with 10.
The freshman-sophomore team played late Friday, but the score was not available at press time. The team plays Ulysses at 11:30 a.m. today at the Discovery Intermediate School in Goddard.
The eighth-grade boys’ division plays in the Newton area today and Sunday, including Newton High School, Hesston High School and Chisholm Middle School.
Other scores involving area teams:
First-second grade boys
Hoops Academy 2027 Kansas 64, Hesston 12
Sixth grade boys
Newton Thunder 34, Nebraska Heartland 12
Seventh grade boys
Spurs Kansas 60, Hesston 44
Hesston 36, Texoma (Texas) Panthers 26
Hesston 61, 316 Heat 31
Eighth grade boys
Hesston 42, Oklahoma Express 28
Hesston 44, Wichita Hoops 26
Kansas Triple Threat 38, Elbing Warriors 33
Attica 50, Hesston 34
Hesston 15, Missouri Tigers 0
Arsenal Oklahoma 34, Hesston 31
Hill City 32, Hesston 29
Oklahoma Express 29, Hesston 24
Lady Pirates 15, Hesston 0