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TONGIE FALLS IN TOURNEY

January 22, 1992

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— On the reality of the court, Tonganoxie's full-court press looked dominating, almost unbreakable, to the Bonner Springs basketball team.

In the concept of a halftime chalkboard drawing, though, the press didn't look so intimidating.

Aided by that Xs-and-Os breakdown at intermission, Bonner Springs overcame 17 first-half turnovers and resultant three-point deficit to claim a 67-56 basketball victory over the Chieftains in a first-round Tonganoxie Invitational game on Tuesday.

"We had a lot of turnovers off the press," Braves coach Steve Ketchum said. "Really, it wasn't that hard to beat. The kids were just nervous. At the half, I diagrammed what Tonganoxie was doing and they thought, `We can handle that.' It was a mental thing."

Though Bonner Springs turned it over 17 times in the first half, the Braves stayed close by hitting 13 of 21 field goals. They cut their turnovers to five in the second half while hitting 14 of 22 shots.

"WE DIDN'T change one thing in the second half," Ketchum said. "We were just confident about what we were doing. We did what we should have done in the first half."

The Chieftains led by six, at 30-24, with 1:29 left in the first half, though the Braves came within 30-27 at intermission. Tongie last led at 44-43 with 44 seconds left in the third quarter. Bonner Springs' Brandon Anderson hit a pair of free throws eight seconds later, and the Chieftains played catch-up the rest of the way.

"Every game, in the third quarter, we've just not been into it," Tonganoxie coach Ken Diskin said. "We'd be better off if they didn't call the half and we just played straight through."

TONGIE'S JEFF Bunnell scored a game-high 25 points. He hit 10 of 17 shots and all five free throws, and scored half of the Chieftains' fourth-quarter points.

"That's too bad," Diskin said. "We're not geared to one man. But Bunnell did a good job. He penetrated well and pulled up and took the shot when he had it."

The Chieftains, now 4-6, will face Jefferson West in a consolation semifinal on at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Bonner Springs, 5-6 and a winner of three straight, will play Silver Lake in a winners bracket semi at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Silver Lake routed Jefferson West, 80-39, on Tuesday night. In Thursday's 7 p.m. consolation semi, Hiawatha will face Perry-Lecompton, and Kansas City Turner will play Valley Falls in Friday's 7 p.m. semi.

BONNER SPRINGS (67)

Patrick Mintner 1-4 0-1 3, Brandon Anderson 6-10 2-3 14, Eric Eggebrecht 10-11 1-2 24, DeWayne Jackson 4-6 2-4 10, Mark Vaughn 1-4 0-1 2, Paul Meinke 2-2 0-0 4, Adrian Suffren 2-5 4-4 8, Robbie Reeves 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 27-43 9-15 67. TONGANOXIE (56)

Aaron Randel 3-6 5-6 11, Jason Hicks 1-5 0-0 3, Robbie Calovich 4-9 1-2 9, Jeff Bunnell 10-17 5-5 25, Matt Dean 1-8 0-0 2, Mike LaPlaca 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 22-49 11-13 56. Bonner Springs--12 15 18 22 -- 67 Tonganoxie--13 17 14 12 -- 56

Three-point goals -- Bonner Springs 4-7 (Eggebrecht 3-4, Mintner 1-2, Anderson 0-1); Tonganoxie 1-11 (Hicks 1-3, Bunnell 0-2, Dean 0-3, Calovich 0-3). Total fouls -- Bonner Springs 17, Tonganoxie 18. Fouled out -- Hicks, Tonganoxie. Turnovers -- Bonner Springs 22, Tonganoxie 17.

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