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Ichabod men romp past Rogers State into MIAA Tournament semis

Rick Peterson

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The Washburn Ichabods opened the 2021 MIAA Basketball Championships in impressive fashion, rolling to a 78-59 quarterfinal win over Rogers State Wednesday night in Lee Arena.

With the victory the 17-6 Ichabods advanced to face Missouri Western in a 7:30 p.m. semifinal Friday in Maryville, Mo.

TylerGeimanRogersStateactionTyler Geiman had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists Wednesday as Washburn advanced to the MIAA tournament semis with an 78-59 win over Rogers State. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]
 
The Ichabods trailed 3-2 for a total of 16 seconds before jumping out to a 14-8 lead after hitting 3 of their first 4  3-pointers of the game.

After the Hillcats (11-12) trimmed the lead back to 4 points with 8:09 left in the first half, Washburn used a 16-9 scoring edge to build a 38-27 halftime advantage.
 
The Ichabods began the second half with a 13-0 run to go in front 51-27 and led by as many as 28 points (57-29) with 14:49 to go
 
Two-time All-MIAA first-teamer Tyler Geiman led all scorers with 22 points (9 of 12 from the field) and added 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Tyler Nelson and Jalen Lewis both added 16 points and Connor Deffebaugh had 10 off the bench.

TylerNelsonRogersStateactionTyler Nelson scored 16 points for Washburn in the Ichabods' 78-59 MIAA tournament win over Rogers State Wednesday night. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]
 
Brewster Peacock, Devin Pullum and Destin Eke each scored 10 points each to lead the Hillcats.

Missouri Western earned its spot in the tournament semifinals with an 84-76 overtime win over Lincoln.
 

 

Thunder holds off Scots for 67-59 5A boys sub-state victory

Rick Peterson

 

By RICK PETERSON

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Highland Park's boys basketball team put together a heck of a comeback Wednesday night after falling behind by 11 points in the second quarter and by 15 in the third, but it wasn't quite enough as St. James Academy held off the Scots for a 67-59 Class 5A sub-state semifinal road win.

St. James, which improved to 11-9, looked to be on the verge of turning the game into a rout when it opened up a 44-29 advantage midway through the third quarter, but 12-8 Highland Park cut its deficit to 8 points (48-40) by the end of the period and then opened the fourth with back-to-back 3-pointers from Jahi Peppers and Juan'Tario Roberts to get within 2 points with 7:15 remaining.

Moments later the Scots missed a shot with a chance to take the lead and the Thunder held on to advance to Saturday's sub-state championship game at De Soto, a 61-41 winner over Shawnee Heights.

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