Hauver leads JV boys to finals of home tourney
For the most part Monday night the Lansing High junior varsity boys basketball team's forte was neither offense nor defense.
Fortunately for Lansing, Bobby Hauver decided to change that in the third quarter. The junior guard picked up his play at both ends of the court and sparked LHS to a 39-35 victory over Platte County during the first round of the Lansing Junior Varsity Tournament.
Hauver had three steals, two blocks, two assists and a point during the final two quarters of the come-from-behind victory.
Lansing (6-1) jumped to an 8-4 lead during the first five minutes, but it eventually lost its scoring touch and lost its focus on defense. Platte County eventually took the lead on a number of easy shots from close range. At one point it led 17-12 before late baskets by Hauver and Bucky Zimmerman pulled LHS within a point at halftime.
A sluggish start to the third quarter gave the impression that the Lions might be doomed to their second loss of the season, but then Hauver provided the fuel for a strong finish when he sprinted back on defense and blocked a would-be layup. Moments later Brian Beall buried a three-pointer that tied the game at 21-21. A layup by Travon Hunt and a free throw by Stephen Didde put the Lions ahead 24-23. Then, with 10 seconds left in the quarter Hauver blocked another shot that led to a fast-break layup by Didde just before the buzzer.
Aided by two assists and a free throw from Hauver and two more buckets from Didde, the Lions extended their lead to eight points before hanging on in the final minute.
Didde scored a team-high 12 points, Travon Hunt and P.J. Sigle had six, Bucky Zimmerman had four, Ryan Delich had three, Brian Beall had three, Hauver had three and Elias Moya added two.
Lansing next plays at 4 p.m. today at home against Piper in Kaw Valley League action. It then plays Tonganoxie in the tournament finals on Wednesday night. Tonganoxie advanced to the title game by beating Immaculata, 54-47.