St. James beats MHS in overtime

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High boys’ basketball capped its weekend at the 69th Annual Tournament of Champions with a 47-43 overtime loss to St. James Academy on Saturday to finish sixth.

The Indians opened the game trailing 10-8 after the first quarter, but held St. James to four points in the second period to gain a halftime advantage at 16-14.

St. James outscored the Indians by two points in the third quarter to draw the game even, and the teams played to a 37-37 tie in the fourth period to force overtime.

The Thunder built up the biggest lead of the game in overtime at 46-39 before the Indians tried to come back and were held at 43.

The game was hotly contested with eight lead changes and seven tied scores.

The Indians kept themselves in the game from the perimeter, where they knocked down seven 3-pointers.

Manhattan shot well from the field in regulation, but was held to 2-of-7 in the overtime period, and 2-for-4 from the free throw line. The Indians struggled from the free throw line for the entire game, making just 4-of-11 attempts, while St. James was 15-of-22, including 6-of-12 in overtime.

MHS coach Tim Brooks said free throws hurt his team at times during the weekend.

“I just can’t believe that we have shooters like we have and we don’t make free throws,” he said. “We are going to have to spend a lot more time on it.”

Brandon Payne was the top scorer for the Indians with 14 points, while Keaton Barragar added 11 points. Neither could compare to the scoring night from Clint McCullough, though, as he led the Thunder with 23 points and added 13 rebounds. Tom Huppe had 13 points.

Brooks said McCullough was tough to stop, but he thought they did a fairly good job against him.

“I thought that we did a good job, but he is just show crafty around the basket,” he said. “There was a time or two when he got loose on some screens that he made us pay, but I thought we guarded him pretty well. We didn’t contain him, but we made things awfully tough for him.”

Even with the loss to St. James, Brooks said the second and third games of the tournament were better than the opening-day loss to Hutchinson.

“They were much better and it was that way because we turned up our defense and played primarily man-to-man,” he said. “And we had guys step up and really pressure the ball.”

Deante Burton was recognized at the end of the tournament on Saturday night, as he was named to the All-Tournament team. MHS finished 1-2 on the weekend, and Brooks said they knew it would be a tough task going in.

“If we were to go 2-1, we knew it was going to be a big accomplishment with a tough field,” he said. “We were an overtime period away from doing it against a really good team from Kansas City.”

The Indians will go on the road on Thursday this week to face Highland Park.


Manhattan High   8   8   8 13   6 — 43

St. James Academy   10   4 10   13   10 — 47

Individual scoring

MANHATTAN (43) — Payne 14, Barragar 11, Pulliam 3, Burton 5, Stephens 6, Taylor 1, Holloway 3.

ST. JAMES (47) — Huppe 13, Maskus 2, Leimbach 3, McCullough 23, Wittman 6.

3-pointers — Manhattan 7 (Barragar 3, Payne 2, Pulliam, Holloway); St. James 2 (Huppe 2).

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