By CHAD SIMON
QUINTER -- Victoria senior Bryan Dome has knifed through defenses for a jumper or runner in the lane all season long with great success, even hitting three game-winning buckets at or near the final buzzer.
Friday night, he got two more chances in the final five seconds of the Knights' Class 1A Division I semifinal game against Hoxie. This time, though, there was a whistle, and as Dome looked up from the floor, he saw the official call him for a charge.
After a pair of missed free throws, though, by the Indains, Dome was given another chance. His fourth attempt this season at a game-winner wasn't meant to be, though, has his half-court shot bounced off the rim as time expired on Victoria's season with a 54-52 loss to No. 2 seed Hoxie.
The game started with a Hoxie senior getting his team off to a quick start. Connor Katt scored his team's first six points as Hoxie jumped out to quick 6-2 lead. Victory junior Brady Dinkel and senior Noah Dreiling each led Victoria with four points in the first quarter as Dome was held scoreless.
Dome hit his stride in the second quarter and scored eight points. Victoria appeared to be pulling away from Hoxie as the teams headed to halftime with Victoria leading 28-23.
"They (Victoria) switched to a zone," Hoxie coach Jake Moss said. "They slowed us down a little and we had too many turnovers in the second quartet."
Hoxie adjusted their offense at intermission, and it paid off with a 20-point third quarter and 43-38 lead going into the final session.
"We changed up our offense. We started moving more. In the second (quarter) we just started standing there," Katt said. "We just had to get moving and get the ball moving. Everyone did a phenomenal job in the second half."
Hoxie appeared to be on its way to an easy victory as it built a 51-42 lead with four minutes to go. Then, Dome sparked a comeback with a 3-pointer to bring the Knights to within 51-45. Dome hit another 3 with less than 1:30 to play as he drew Victoria within two.
While Dome couldn't lead his team to the win, he did lead all scorers with 17 points. Dreiling scored six in the fourth quarter comeback. He finished with 14 points and three blocks on the defensive end.
Katt led all Indians with 16 points. Freshman Easton Slipke hit four 3s, and was second on the team in scoring with 14 points. Senior Josh Heim also scored in double figures with 13.
Hoxie (15-6) was set to play the No. 1 seed, Stockton (15-6) Saturday at 7:30 for the right to head to the Class 1A Division I State Tournament this week in Emporia.
Victoria ended its season at 12-8.
Stockton 65, Quinter 42
The Stockton Tigers (15-6) showed why they are the No. 1 seed in Quinter as they easily defeated the host team, 65-42, on Friday night.
The Tigers left no doubt earlery as they jumped out to a 13-2 lead.
The second quarter was more of the same as the Tigers seemingly toyed with the Bulldogs' full-court press. Stockton led 36-18 after the first half. Senior Justin Wiltfong led the way with 14 points. Senior Jaden Williams had nine points and senior Christian Hamel had eight in the first half alone.
Quinter, behind a raucous student section, did score the first five points of the second half to trail 36-23, but would never get any closer.
The only thing that held the Tigers back in the third quarter were a few missed layups and missed shots. Quinter couldn't get a break even on some of the Stockton errors. William missed a dunk, but Witlfong was right there for the easy putback. Later in the third, Hamel air-balled a 3, only to have it land in Williams' hands for an easy two points.
In spite of the outcome, Quinter senior Brett Crist continued to play as if game was in doubt. He scored seven of his 18 points in the fourth quarter before fouling out with 2:51 to play. He was met by Quinter coach John Crist, his father, as the younger Crist crossed the sideline one last time and took a seat on the bench.
Stockton was led by Wiltfong's 21 points. Hamel had 19 and Williams had 17.
Crist led Quinter with his 18 points. Fellow senior Devontae Goldsby finished with 11 and sophomore Jonah Ruckman added 10 for the Bulldogs. The only other player to crack the scoring column for the Bulldogs was senior Tyler Waggoner with three.
Quinter ended its season at 10-12.