DODGE CITY — A day after a suffering a tough two-point loss at the hands of Wichita East, the Hays High School boys’ basketball team bounced back in a big way Friday, trouncing Hutchinson, 71-32, in the consolation semifinals of the Tournament of Champions.
Hays High (9-2) cruised to a 41-18 lead by halftime at United Wireless Arena, and never looked back, advancing to Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. fifth-place game.
The Indians 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 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 (1-9), 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. Hays High will take on either Dodge City or Leavenworth in Saturday’s game.