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Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS
  • Buffaloes squeak by Bluejays to win tourney

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  • CIMARRON -- Sometimes it's the timing for a player to score his or her only points of the game. The Meade Buffaloes had a plan to get the ball to their leading scorer in the final seconds of the Bluejay Invitational boys championship game against host-Cimarron. The Bluejays camped in the lane to keep the ball from Morgan Davis, so Jett Little drove the lane and dished the ball to Morgan Olvera. Olvera hit the 10-footer with seven seconds left to push the Buffaloes to a 55-54 victory over the Bluejays for their third straight tournament title. "I just threw it up there and hoped for the best," Olvera said. "This just showed what this team is about. Even though we may not have the talent like we did last year, we have the heart. We just worked hard in the game and came out with the win." The title is the third straight for the Buffaloes (4-0) and was their second straight one-point win in the tournament. Meade also had to withstand the play of Cimarron shooting guard Christian Fischer, who scored the final 10 points for the Bluejays (3-1) and finished with 25 points. "I was worried about Christian Fischer was going to bring them back like he did (Friday night) when he led them to the win (over Sublette)," said Meade head coach Austin Lewis. "He started going on his tear like he did last night. "Jett was able to adjust and get the ball to Olvera, and that's what you want seniors to do; play smart enough at the end. The set play wasn't there, but they made it work." Davis scored 21 points to lead Meade in scoring and Tristan Lewis added 10 in the victory. Ty Clark also scored in double figures for Cimarron with 14. Fischer scored 11 points in the opening quarter as Cimarron was able to build an 18-11 lead; but the Buffaloes used an 15-5 run to take a slight lead before trailing 31-28 at halftime. Meade scored seven of the first nine points in the second half and led 43-42 on a late shot by Davis. The Buffaloes led by seven with four minutes remaining before Fischer went on his tear to bring the Bluejays back into the game. Cimarron had one chance to win the game, but Fischer's 35-foot shot hit the backboard at the buzzer. Both teams will get another chance to play again Tuesday as they face each other in a Hi-Plains League showdown at Meade. MEADE (55) -- Jett Little 6, Ryan Friesen 5, Morgan Olvera 2, Tristan Lewis 10, Morgan Davis 21, Landon Bird 7, Aaron Gleason 4. Totals 25 3-5 55. CIMARRON (54) -- Caleb Fischer 2, Tanner Toothaker 3, Ty Clark 14, Christian Fischer 25, Blake Neuschafer 4. Totals 24 1-2 54. Meade 11 17 15 12 -- 55 Cimarron 18 13 11 12 -- 54 Three-point baskets -- Meade 2 (Davis 1, Bird 1), Cimarron 5 (Ch. Fischer 4, Toothaker 1). Records -- Meade 4-0, Cimarron 3-1. South Gray 69, Sublette 58 CIMARRON -- The Rebels slowly took control of the game late in the third quarter on the way to recording the victoryin the third place boys game of the Bluejay Invitational. Carson Skidmore scored 24 points, Jake Peters added 23 and Gabriel Loya 10 in the victory for the Rebels (3-1). South Gray also withstood 10 three-point baskets by the Larks (2-2).Andrew Lower scored 19 points to lead Sublette, while Johny Martens added 14 and Trevor Leverett scored 10 in the loss. SOUTH GRAY (69) -- Carson Skidmore 24, Tate Skinner 2, Gabriel Loya 10, Jake Peters 23, Peter Martens 3, Mike Martens 5, Payton Holloway 2. Totals 31 4-9 69. SUBLETTE (58) -- Trevor Leverett 10, Levi Whaler 3, Andrew Lower 19, Brett Blackwood 2, Travis Hinkle 2, Johny Martens 14, Nate Cearley 8. Totals 21 6-7 58. South Gray 13 18 16 22 -- 69 Sublette 17 12 10 19 -- 58 Three-point baskets -- South Gray 3 (Skidmore 1, Loya 1, P. Martens 1), Sublette 10 (Leverett 2, Whaler 1, Lower 3, J. Martens 2, Cearley 2). Records -- South Gray 3-1, Sublette 2-2. Deerfield 48, Bucklin 27 CIMARRON -- The Spartans scored 24 points in the opening quarter to record the win in the seventh place boys game of the Bluejay Invitational. Deerfield (2-2) led by 17 by the end of the stanza and increased the lead to 36-12 by halftime. Anthony Mata scored 13 points to lead the Spartans. Ten players scored in the win.Colton Downey scored 12 to lead Bucklin (0-4). DEERFIELD (48) -- Alex Mata 2, Mike Mata 8, Alf Melendez 4, Anthony Mata 13, Rene Rubio 6, Marc Skipper 1, Jake Tackett 2, Jace Bemis 4, Alex Navarette 4, Zaine Gillock 4. Totals 22 3-6 48. BUCKLIN (27) -- Jered Scott 2, Isaiah Warnke 3, Shea Stout 2, Lakin Pianalto 5, Christian Stimpert 2, Trey Davis 2, Colton Downey 12. Totals 10 7-16 27. Deerfield 24 12 5 7 -- 48 Bucklin 7 5 9 6 -- 27 Three-point baskets -- Deerfield 1 (An. Mata 1). Records -- Deerfield 2-2, Bucklin 0-4.
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