Lions fall just short in substate loss to Braves
Hall scores 19 points, but LHS falls 36-35
The Lions got the shot they wanted, and they got the ball to the shooter they wanted.
They just didn't get the result they wanted.
Clayton Hall's three-point try bounced off the rim as time expired, and the Lansing High boys basketball team's season ended with a 36-35 loss to Bonner Springs in the first round of the Class 5A substate tournament Thursday night at Johnsmeyer Gymnasium.
The shot was a rare miss for Hall, who scored a game-high 19 points and made five of his seven three-point tries.
The rest of the Lions struggled offensively all night, however. Hall was six-for-10 from the field, but his teammates were a combined three-for 20. The one place they were red-hot from was the free throw line where they made 12 of 14 tries.
Bonner Springs was 12-for-40 from the field and 12-for19 from the stripe.
Lansing struggled from the field all night. It went the first 4:57 without a field goal before a Hall three-pointer gave LHS a 3-2 lead. He hit another trey at the buzzer. Sandwiched between Hall's three's was a Kevin Johnson free throw, and the game was tied at 7-all after the first eight minutes.
Hall added another three-pointer in the second quarter, and Jeff Jackson and Bobby Hauver each added baskets, but the Lions trailed 15-14 at halftime.
Two more Hall treys in the third quarter, and a pair of free throws from Curtis Beall and Cody Rush amounted for all 10 of Lansing's points in the quarter. The Lions also forced four turnovers in the quarter and held the Braves to six points. Despite no Lion other than Hall having more than two points after three quarters, they led 24-21.
Lansing extended its lead to 26-21 early in the fourth quarter on a 10-foot jumper by Jackson. The Lions led by five again at 30-25 when Beall sank two free throws with 2:42 left, but a few defensive breakdowns and sloppy passes allowed the Braves to tie the game.
The final straw came when the Lions didn't box out on a miss by Matt Caquelin in the final seconds. Martin Birch grabbed the rebound and missed the follow-up try, but Caquelin grabbed a rebound for a third chance. He was fouled with five seconds left. He made the first of two free throws and gave the Braves a 36-35 lead. His second charity missed. The Lions rebounded, pushed the ball up the court and found Hall open in the near corner. His three-point try wouldn't fall, though, and there was no time left for a put-back.
Caquelin led Bonner with 16 points. In addition to Hall's 19-point effort, Beall had seven points and Jackson added four.
Lansing ends its season with a 8-13 record. Bonner improves to 7-14 and will face Highland Park (21-0) in the substate finals on Saturday night at Topeka Seaman.
For more on the game, pick up the March 8 edition of The Current.