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TMP boys win in cons. semifinals

By The Hays Daily News

HILLSBORO — The Thomas More Prep-Marian boys’ basketball team defeated Goodland 54-48 in overtime on Thursday in the consolation bracket of the Trojan Classic, hosted by Hillsboro High School.

TMP, now 5-6 on the season, will play Riley County on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Hillsboro in the tournament’s fifth-place game. Riley County is coming off a 54-49 win over Republic County on Thursday after losing to undefeated Hesston 70-30 in the opening round on Monday.

TMP and Goodland played a close contest all the way through with the game featuring eight lead changes and six ties. The Cowboys led 26-24 at halftime before a strong defensive third by TMP gave the Monarchs a 34-33 lead heading into the final quarter.

Both teams struggled in the fourth quarter with Goodland outscoring TMP 5-4 to send the teams to overtime tied at 38. That’s when the offenses reignited. TMP scored 16 points in the overtime period and pulled away for the six-point victory.

Jordan Gottschalk led the Monarchs with his double-double performance, finishing with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Kameron Schmidt
added 10 more going 5 of 6 from the foul line. TMP outshot Goodland 43.5 percent to 32.7 percent, but 21 Monarch turnovers helped the Cowboys overcome the poor shooting.

TMP outrebounded Goodland 42-31. The Cowboys were only 3 of 10 from the free-throw line. Gage Ihrig led Goodland in scoring with 24 points, going 7 of 15 from 3-point range.

Goodland will face Republic County in the seventh-place game at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Hillsboro Middle School gym.

TMP 54, Goodland 48 (OT)
TMP (5-6)
Jordan Gottschalk 6-8 0-1 12, Kameron Schmidt 2-11 5-6 10, Megaffin 3-6 2-4 9, Fouts 4-6 0-0 8, Vitztum 3-8 2-2 8, Hoffman 1-3 0-1 3, Schippers 0-1 2-2 2, Mayorga 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 20-46 11-16 54.
Goodland
Gage Ihrig 8-18 1-3 24, Gannon Ihrig 4-10 0-1 9, Smith 3-9 0-3 6, Simmerman 2-4 0-0 5, Trachsel 4. Totals 18-55 3-10 48.
TMP     11 13 10 4 16 — 54
Goodland     13 13 7 5 10 — 48
3-point goals — TMP 3-12, Goodland 9-23 (Gage Ihrig 7).
Rebounds — TMP 42 (Gottschalk 12), Goodland 31 (Smith 10). Fouls — TMP 16, Goodland 15. Fouled out — none. Turnovers — TMP 21, Goodland 16.