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Thursday, 07 January 2016 17:58

Tyler Davis finished with 22 points in the Broncos win over Arapahoe Dec. 29. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)

 

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

 

The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team won its third-straight game Dec. 29 with a 88-77 win over Arapahoe.

The teams played Dec.12 in the Cattle Trail Tournament and the Broncos lost 52-54.

Coach Dave Kuhlen said the first time WP played Arapahoe mistakes cost WP a lot of “numbers advantage situations,” then added the Broncos were able to take advantage of those situations in this game.

WP opened up an early 12-3 lead that Arapahoe slowly nibbled away. The Warriors tied the game at 21 with just under a minute in the quarter and took a 22-23 lead heading into the second quarter.

Both teams were cold over the first two minutes of the second quarter, until a Tyler Davis basket and Greg Gaston layup gave WP a 26-24 lead.

The teams traded the lead until WP took firm control over the final two minutes of the half.

A basket by Duncan Rector gave WP the lead and six-straight points by Gaston put WP up 44-39 at halftime.

A Cash Yearous basket and free throws by Gaston and Davis extended the Broncos lead in the third quarter, before three Gaston three-pointers increased the lead to 60-45.

Two baskets by Paul Behrends rounded out the Broncos’ third quarter and gave WP a 66-51 lead.

Four early Arapahoe three-pointers made a large dent in the Broncos lead, but ten points by Davis helped WP extend its lead from 68-62 to 80-70.

Gaston made 4-4 free throws over the final 41 seconds before adding a layup late to help seal the win.

Gaston led WP with 41 points, shooting 67 percent from the floor. Overall, the Broncos shot 61 percent to Arapahoe’s 42 percent.

Davis scored 22 points and rounded out a double-double with 13 rebounds.

Rathe scored six points, had six rebounds and added five assists. Yearous led the Broncos with seven assists and scored eight points.

Up next

The Broncos will face some tough competition in January.

WP will be at 2-6 Hitchcock County Friday, then face 7-1 Southwest at home Saturday.

Kuhlen said he expects to see a lot of zone from WP’s two opponents this weekend.

“We need to try to keep the tempo up with rebounds and steals starting our breaks.”

Next week the Broncos will host Perkins County (6-2) and travel to Garden County (4-3).

Jan. 21 WP will play at 7-1 Paxton before starting the RPAC tournament Jan. 23.