Elwood Wetmore, a winner only twice this season, stunned Seabury Academy, 55-50, in a Class 1A regional boys basketball game Thursday.
Seabury, the No. 1 seed, finished with an 11-5 record. Wetmore advanced to Saturday’s final with a 3-18 record.
The Seahawks jumped to a 16-6 first-quarter lead, but cooled off in the second half. They also struggled with foul trouble late.
“We started out real hot,” Seabury coach Mike Harding said. “But then we couldn’t get the ball inside to our bigs. They clamped down on us.”
Bill Gibbs led the Seahawks with 15 points. Sklyer Malone added 11, and Dan Simons scored nine. Reed Grabill, who was named the team MVP, added seven points.
Seabury had defeated Wetmore, 58-45, during the regular season in Lawrence.
“It’s tough to beat a team that’s out for revenge like they were,” Harding said. “They didn’t lay down after our first quarter. They kept coming at us.”
It was Harding’s last game as Seabury’s coach. School officials announced earlier this month they will hire a new coach for next season.