Archive for Wednesday, December 20, 1989


December 20, 1989


— The Butler did it.

Well, at least he almost did it. Craig Butler, that is. Lawrence High's 6-1 junior frontliner tossed in a career-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting and nearly helped the Lions steal a basketball victory here Tuesday night.

Instead, it was Olathe North that did the stealing. The Eagles won, 59-58, on a three-point shot at the buzzer.

For Lawrence, the loss was as heartbreaking as you'd ever want to experience.

Sparked by Butler, the Lions stormed back from a 15-point, 49-34 deficit entering the fourth quarter.

But it was a 22-foot three-pointer by Olathe North's Jason Patterson the only three-point basket of the night that broke the Lions' hearts.

``I CAN'T believe it,'' Butler confided. ``I thought we had 'em. I was hoping the official would wave it off. Everyone's shocked because we thought we had it.''

``What can you say . . . the kid hit it,'' sighed an obviously disappointed LHS coach Ron Weber. ``Life goes on. That's what's exciting about the game of basketball.''

An exciting finish, yes, but also a stunning one for the Lions, who appeared headed for victory when Maurice Trotter rammed home a follow shot with four seconds remaining.

That gave the Lions their first and only lead, 58-56. It was to be short-lived.

The Eagles quickly called timeout, then used just one second to in-bound the ball as far as half court. Another timeout, at :03, followed.

That set the stage for the heroics by Patterson, whose game-winner hit nothing but net as the buzzer sounded.

The Eagles raced off the court as if they'd won the state championship.

``We're awful lucky to win that one,'' Olathe North coach Bob Duncan confessed. ``I'd rather have a 20-point lead with two seconds to go, but when you play Lawrence, you're not going to have a game like that.''

ENTERING THE final period, no one could have guessed a last-second shot would decide the outcome. It took what may have been the Lions' best basketball of the season to make it a close game.

``The kids made a super effort to fight back,'' Weber said. ``Everybody on the team gave a great effort. When they weren't in the game, they were cheering. That was probably the best quarter we've played all year.

``All the kids played hard,'' Weber said. ``Some may not have seen a lot of time, but what I saw, I liked.''

The Eagles led 34-23 at halftime and increased their edge to 49-34 to begin the fourth quarter. The Lions outscored Olathe North 24-10 in the final period, with Butler scoring eight of the points.

A driving layup by Butler brought the Lions to within one point, 55-54, with three minutes left. The Lions finally caught the Eagles, 56-56, when Butler stole a pass and fed Reggie Mayo, who put in the tying basket with 50 seconds remaining.

LAWRENCE REGAINED possession after an Olathe North turnover at :44, setting the stage for Trotter's go-ahead basket at :04, which in turn set the stage for the deciding three-pointer.

The Lions, now 1-4, hit an even 50 percent from the field on 24-of-48 shooting. Butler, 10 of 13 from the field and three of three from the line, was the only LHS player to score in double figures. Mayo added nine points, and Trotter and Ron Oelschlager scored six points each.

Olathe North, 4-0, was led by Vince Watkins with 22 points.

Lawrence won't play again until Jan. 5 at Shawnee Mission South.


Reggie Mayo 4-5 1-4 9, Chris Marshall 1-4 1-2 3, Craig Butler 10-13 3-3 23, Ron Oelschlager 2-8 2-2 6, Steve Church 1-6 1-3 3, Jermaine Jackson 2-4 0-0 4, Maurice Trotter 3-6 0-1 6, Joe Pickett 0-1 0-0 0, Chris DeVictor 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 24-48 10-17 58. OLATHE NORTH (59)

Bret Coker 2-3 1-2 5, Jason Patterson 2-7 0-0 5, Vince Watkins 6-11 10-17 22, Chris Hyer 0-0 2-5 2, Shannon Brown 1-6 2-3 4, Tony Glenn 0-1 2-2 2, Ray Sims 5-6 0-0 10, Mark Smith 4-7 1-3 9. Totals 20-41 18-32 59. Lawrence

FJ Olathe North


Three-point goals Lawrence 0-3 (Mayo 0-1, Oelschlager 0-2), Olathe North 1-4 (Patterson 1-3, Brown 0-1). Total fouls Lawrence 23, Olathe North 15. Turnovers Lawrence 13, Olathe North 14.


Steve Costello 2 5-8 9, Shane Robinson 0 0-0 0, Kyle Jackson 2 0-0 4, Jeff Miller 2 0-0 4, Chris Turner 1 0-0 3, Todd Oberzan 4 3-4 11, Craig Butler 1 1-4 3, Brian Roberts 2 0-0 4, Maurice Trotter 3 4-4 10, Kevin Wilburn 1 0-0 2, Matt McWilliams 5 3-4 13. Totals 21 16-24 59. OLATHE NORTH JV (55)

Billy Knight 7 0-1 14, Bryan Duncan 1 0-0 2, David Harbour 2 0-0 5, Cory Beaver 2 0-2 4, Tony Glenn 6 0-1 12, Todd Daniel 5 1-4 11, Pat Spaulding 1 0-1 2, Jason Baxendale 1 3-6 5. Totals 25 4-15 55. Lawrence JV

FJ Olathe North JV


Three-point goals Lawrence JV 1 (Turner 1), Olathe North JV 1 (Harbour 1). Total fouls Lawrence JV 17, Olathe North JV 17.

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