The top-seeded Meade Buffaloes stayed undefeated Wednesday when they took out No. 8-seed Oswego 80-43 to open the boys Class 2A state tournament quarterfinals at Bramlage Coliseum.
Meade’s 6-foot-8 senior Randy Friesen — who signed to play football at Kansas State next year — had a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks in the win.
The Buffaloes (23-0) had three others in double figures with Trevin Weins adding 19 points, Morgan Davis scoring 16 and Jett Little netting 11 points.
Oswego (14-10) was led by junior Tag Oldham with 12 points.
Friesen had a double-double by halftime, as Meade led 41-22 at the break.
No. 5 MOUNDRIDGE 48, No. 4 INMAN 41
Moundridge used a strong second quarter to go into halftime with a seven-point lead and didn’t look back the rest of the way in its 48-41 victory over the Teutons.
The Wildcats (19-5), outscored Inman 16-8 in the second quarter and late 3-pointers kept the lead down the stretch. Although the Inman (18-6) made 26 trips to the free throw line compared to the 13 times Moundridge found themselves at the charity stripe, the Teutons hit just 16 of them.
The Wildcats were also able to overcome 11 turnovers compared to Inman’s five.
Senior Daniel Ratzlaff led Moundridge with 12 points and teammate Ryan Lorimer, another senior, added 10. Junior Hunter Enyart led the Wildcats with a game-high 14 rebounds. He also tallied eight points.
Senior Josh Miller led Inman with 12 points and teammate Justin Friesen had 10.
No. 7 NESS CITY 53, No. 2 LYNDON 48
No. 7-seed Ness City Eagles provided the upset of the day when they took out the second-seeded Lyndon Tigers, 53-48.
Lyndon finished the season suffering just its second loss.
The Eagles led after halftime by just two points and kept that advantage going into the fourth quarter, where they created distance and outscored the Tigers 12-9.
Ness City was led by senior Koltyn Ratliff, who posted a game-high 15 points. He was also 4 of 5 from the free-throw line. Seniors Dalton Gantz and Colin Foos added 11 points apiece for Ness City.
Lyndon was paced by senior Joey Ramsey’s seven points. Scott Farwell added six.
Both teams hit 10 field goals and both had few trips to the charity stripe with just 13 attempts combined. But, Ness City had the edge in 3-point shooting, with the Eagles hitting 4 of 9 from beyond the arc, while Lyndon converted just one on four attempts. Ness City also controlled the glass and outrebounded the Tigers 23-10.
No. 3 REPUBLIC CO. 78,
No. 6 JEFF CO. NORTH 68
The Republic County Buffaloes blazed the Chargers in the third quarter by an eight-point advantage and used that head of steam after halftime to take out Jefferson County North 78-68.
Both teams were hot from the perimeter, but Republic County was more efficient.
The Buffaloes were 10 of 17 from beyond the arc. Although the Chargers weren’t too far behind and hit nine 3-pointers themselves, Jefferson County North took 20 attempts.
Republic County was led by senior Trenton Kuhlman, who scored a game-high 25 points and was 6 of 9 from 3-point land. He was followed by junior Trevor Allen with 21 points. Lucas Nutsch was also in double figures for the Buffaloes with 15 points.
Five players registered a bucket for the Chargers, with four of them gaining the bulk of the points.
Junior Luke Pyle led Jefferson County North with 19 points and senior Cory Noll, who was 3 for 5 on 3-pointers, was close behind with 17 points. Senior Jacob GrandPre scored 14 points and sophomore Shawn Lane had 12.