Topeka For the second time this season, Topeka Cair Paravel got the best of the Veritas Christian boys' basketball squad, winning 72-54 Tuesday night in Topeka.
Battling a team with plenty of depth and a raucous home crowd, Veritas held on until the fourth quarter, where the Eagles were outscored 24-13.
"They've got great depth, and in a hard-fought game like that, that was part of the difference," Veritas coach Doug Bennett said. "The score's not indicative of how close of a game it was. We got off to a slow start. They've got a great home crowd, and we had that to go up against."
Mark Randtke continued his solid season with 20 points and 11 rebounds. He and Andrew Bartlow each posted double-figure rebounds.
While Veritas struggled to shoot just 33 percent from the field, Topeka Cair Paravel shot an impressive 49 percent.
Veritas will get a third shot at Topeka Cair Paravel, though, in the opening round of the state tournament at 7 p.m. Thursday in Manhattan.