Tonganoxie The temperature was near freezing Friday night, but Leavenworth Immaculata's basketball team played the role of ants spoiling a summer picnic.
Facing the largest Tonganoxie crowd of the year, the visiting Raiders battled back from a big first-half deficit and held the Chieftains close in the second half.
Then, like the summertime pests, the Raiders ruined the Chieftains' fun with a 64-59 overtime victory.
Kyle Bodgan keyed the Raiders' victory with nine-of-13 field-goal shooting, including the tying basket with :08 left in regulation.
Bogdan finished with a game-high 20 points, relieving guard Matt Walkenbach of the scoring load.
WALKENBACH WAS the Raiders' main perimeter threat, keying several fast breaks in a second-half comeback and hitting a pair of important three-pointers to keep the game within reach.
Trailing 35-23 in the final minute of the first half, Walkenbach connected on an off-balance trey to pull the Raiders to within nine points.
He then repeated his act with 35 seconds left in overtime by draining the go-ahead basket from 22 feet.
"He is so tough," Immaculata coach Michael Connelly said. "He does not panic, and he knows he isn't going to score when a team throws the box-and-one at him. That's when the other guys have to step up. He always finds other ways to contribute."
Junior Aaron Randel sparked the Chieftains to a 19-9 first quarter lead. He scored six points in the first quarter and drained nine-of-ten free throws to help maintain a lead that lasted until late in the game.
RANDEL HIT four free throws in the final 1:21 of regulation, and then sunk another pair in overtime.
"Lately, free throws have been the biggest part of my game. If I think I can beat my man, I take it to the hole and get fouled," Randel said. "This hurts a little bit since it is one of my best games. I like to win."
Tonganoxie coach Ken Diskin praised his team after the game.
"This was a tough loss for our kids. They played tough, and they played hard. They don't deserve to lose," Diskin said.
The Chieftains were at a marked size disadvantage.
"We tried to stuff four people inside on their big men and put one other player on Walkenbach. Any time he would come inside, we would double-team him," Diskin said.
Tongie was without starter Jeremy Robbins, who missed his third consecutive game after being hit above the eye in practice earlier this month. Key reserve Wylie Bell also missed Friday's game due to back problems. Diskin said that lack of depth that hurt near the end.
"WE MISS them. They're guys we figured on having at the start of the season," Diskin said.
Immac ran its record to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Kaw Valley League. The Chieftains, 4-5 and 1-5, will host their invitational tournament beginning Tuesday.
Ray Moran 5-7 1-1 11, Yuri Tupa 0-5 0-0 0, Kyle Bogdan 9-13 2-2 20, Bobby Woodcock 4-10 4-4 12, Matt Walkenbach 6-16 0-0 15, Aaron Hund 1-3 2-4 4, A.J. Fleming 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 26-59 9-11 64. TONGANOXIE (59)
Aaron Randel 5-8 9-10 19, Jason Hicks 3-11 6-6 12, Robbie Calovich 2-7 1-4 5, Jeff Bunnell 2-9 6-11 10, Matt Dean 5-9 0-0 11, John Keeler 1-2 0-0 2, Jarred Garrett 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 18-47 22-32 59. Immaculata-- 9 17 12 15 11 -- 64 Tonganoxie--19 16 8 10 6 -- 59
Three point goals -- Immaculata 3-11 (Walkenbach 3-8, Tupa 0-1, Fleming 0-2); Tonganoxie 1-5 (Dean 1-4, Hicks 0-1). Total fouls -- Immaculata 23, Tonganoxie 14. Fouled out -- Moran, Fleming, Hicks.