DODGE CITY — The Hays High Indians made the best of a trip to the consolation bracket of the Dodge City Tournament of Champions with a 59-43 victory against the host Red Demons in Saturday’s fifth-place game at United Wireless Arena.
The Indians kept the Red Demons at bay in the second half, forcing their opponent to shoot just 27.8 percent from the field. Hays High shot just shy of 55 percent in the half to outscore Dodge City, 31-16.
Although Dodge City knocked down five 3-pointers in the opening half, Hays High managed to take a 38-37 lead into the locker room. The Indians made 3 of 15 3-pointers (20 percent) in the opening half.
Hays High held a 32-22 edge on the glass and did not allow Dodge City to score a second-chance point all afternoon. Shane Berens paced the Indians with a game-high 12 rebounds. He also scored 12 points to reach a double-double.
Isaiah Nunnery scored a game-high 16 points for Hays High. Drew Young (12) and Keith Dryden (11) made for four Indians in double-digit point totals.
Dodge City’s Bryce Unruh scored 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting to lead the Red Demons.
Hays High advanced to the fifth-place game by trouncing Hutchinson, 71-32, in the consolation semifinals of the Tournament of Champions on Friday.
Hays High cruised to a 41-18 lead by halftime at United Wireless Arena, and never looked back.
The Indians hit 13 3-pointers, four each for Isaiah Nunnery and Drew Young, and three more for Ethan Nunnery. Shane Berens, though, led the charge with 18 points, hitting 8 of 11 from the field, including one of his own from long range. Isaiah Nunnery finished with 15 points, Young with 16 and Ethan Nunnery with nine. Ethan Nunnery also led the Indians with seven rebounds, while Isaiah dished out a team-best six assists.
Hutchinson, coached by former Fort Hays State University and Hutchinson Community College coach Chad Wintz, was held to just 30 percent shooting in the game, led by 12 points for Kolby Holmberg.