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January 24, 2001


Perry-Lecompton couldn't. Breuer and Gurss combined for 49 points in Tongie's 67-58 Kaw Valley League victory on Tuesday night.

"We knew those guys were good," P-L coach Pat Hupfauf said. "They're not big size-wise, but they're quick."

Breuer, a 6-foot-2 senior, scored a career-high 29 points and Gurss, a slender 6-5 junior, poured in 20.

Breuer bested his previous career-best by eight points.

"I got lots of good passes from my teammates," Breuer said, "and it was just going my way tonight, I guess. I can make those two-footers pretty good."

Breuer did do most of his scoring inside, but he began the Chieftains' scoring with a three-point basket.

"He can hit the three. He's versatile," Tongie coach Mike Webb said of Breuer. "But it really didn't seem like he got that many points tonight."

At the same time, Gurss was surprised he and Breuer had combined for all but 18 of Tongie's points.

"Personally," Gurss said, "I didn't think two people were scoring all the points. I think we're starting to play better as a team."

Like any coach, Webb would prefer more balanced scoring, but Breuer and Gurss have evolved into the Chieftains' main men.

"They work so hard on the offensive end, they create a lot of opportunities," Webb said. "Bryan and Scott are getting better every game."

Breuer scored 17 points and Gurss 12 in the first half as the Chieftains bolted to a 38-27 lead. Perry-Lecompton (3-9) was coming off a one-sided loss to Valley Falls in the championship game of the McLouth Invitational.

"Valley was so tough our confidence may have gone down," Hupfauf said. "We came out a little shaky and made too many turnovers. We played better in the second half, but we dug too big a hole."

Tongie (5-7) expanded its lead to as many as 17 points in the third quarter, but Perry-Lecompton actually won the second half, 31-29.

"Our guys didn't make good decisions in the first half," Hupfauf said. "In the second half, I liked our defense and we didn't turn it over as much."

Shawn Howard and Jared Swafford, both juniors, led the Kaws with 16 and 14 points respectively. Junior guard Aaron Swaggerty added 10.

-- Sports editor Chuck Woodling can be reached at 832-7147.

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