Archive for Thursday, January 9, 2003

De Soto slips to 1-4 with overtime loss

January 9, 2003

The bearings went out on De Soto's roller coaster ride Tuesday in a 60-51 overtime Kaw Valley League loss to Tonganoxie at De Soto.

For much of the game, the Wildcats had an answer for every Chieftain run. But in the overtime period, De Soto's wheels stopped turning in the up-and-down loss.

Justin Walker started Tonganoxie off on the right foot in the extra frame when he took the jump ball in for a layup, getting the Chieftains their second lead of the game at 48-46 with 3:55 left.

After Danny Brown scored a basket and following free throw, giving the lead back to the Wildcats, the Chieftains scored the next 10 points, taking their biggest lead at 58-49 with 44 seconds left in the game.

Tonganoxie disrupted the Wildcat offense by scoring three straight layups following Wildcat turnovers in the run. The Chieftains also went 4-for-4 from the foul line.

"We made some mistakes and let them back in the game," De Soto coach Jason Generally said after watching his team blow an 11-point first-half advantage. "The little things got us in trouble. Turnovers and second chances for them came back to bite us."

It also didn't help matters any that De Soto had to play the overtime period without the services of Pete Crall and Ryan Brown, who combined for 19 points on the night. Both players fouled out of the game late in regulation.

"We lost our point guards, and one of our better defenders in Ryan," Generally said. "Pete played aggressively tonight, and we needed him to score, but he was out. I think we had a little panic set in."

De Soto built a 15-6 advantage after eight minutes of play thanks to the hot shooting of Ryan and Danny Brown, who combined for nine points in the period.

The Wildcats extended the lead to 19-8 with 6:55 left before halftime after a short jumper by Josh Arnold and an offensive rebound and putback by Crall.

But Tonganoxie went on an 11-5 run over the final four minutes of the first half, pulling to within 24-19.

The Chieftains opened the second half with a couple of quick layups, getting within one point at 24-23 with 6:33 remaining in the period.

But De Soto answered with four straight buckets, regaining a nine-point lead at 32-23 halfway through the period.

Ryan Brown and Crall each had a couple of baskets in the run. Brown scored on a jumper and a steal and layup, while Crall hit a jumper and scored on an around the defender pass from Danny Brown.

Tonganoxie rallied by playing solid defense and working the offensive glass and ending the period with an 11-5 run, pulling within 37-34 going into the fourth period.

De Soto built its advantage back to 44-39 with more than five minutes left in regulation. The Chieftains then connected on a layup and four straight free throws, taking their first lead at 45-44 with 1:14 left in the game.

The Wildcats rallied and had a chance to get the win late, but Josh Arnold was called for an offensive foul, and Tonganoxie's desperation shot was off the mark.

Danny Brown led the Wildcats with a game-high 23 points. Pete Crall and Ryan Brown chipped in with 10 and nine points, respectively.

The Wildcats connected on just 21-of-59 (35.6 percent) shots from the field, while Tonganoxie did only slightly better on 19 of their 52 (36.5 percent) attempts.

Both teams shot considerably better from the free throw line. De Soto made 7-of-10 (70 percent) charity tosses, and Tonganoxie was successful on 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) attempts.

The Chieftains out-rebounded De Soto 23-11 in the second half, grabbing a narrow 34-33 edge for the game. De Soto turned the ball over 20 times, while Tonganoxie was credited with 18 miscues.

De Soto, 1-4, is at home against Immaculata Friday with a scheduled tip off set for 8:30 p.m. The team travels to Mill Valle Tuesday for a clash with the Jaguars at 8:30 p.m.

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