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Unselfish FSHS routs Lancers

Free State's Tyler Self fights for a loose ball with Shawnee Mission East's Alex Schoegler in the second half on Friday, February 4, 2011 at FSHS.

Free State's Tyler Self fights for a loose ball with Shawnee Mission East's Alex Schoegler in the second half on Friday, February 4, 2011 at FSHS.

February 5, 2011


A smile crept across Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law’s face at the first mention of the word “unselfish.”

The plays — making extra passes, taking charges, setting screens, helping defend the post — that define the word are the very things Law demands of his team.

Law had plenty to enjoy Friday night, when the entire Firebird roster contributed in a 55-34 victory over Shawnee Mission East at FSHS.

“We did a lot of really unselfish things,” Law said. “And that’s what good teams do.”

Georgi Funtarov (18 points) and Eric Watson (12 points) carried the bulk of the scoring load for the Firebirds, but everyone else on the court had a say in the action.

“It’s nice to get everyone a touch,” said senior Alec Heline, who led the team with six assists. “Because then we all start playing really well, and it flows.”

Heline scored his two baskets early on, but chipped in with three steals and five rebounds.

Senior Evan Manning didn’t score, but tallied four steals, two assists and two rebounds.

On one acrobatic occasion, Manning leapt over the Firebird bench to save an errant Lancer pass, which found its way to Tyler Self, who, in turn, dished it off to Funtarov for a fast-break dunk.

FSHS (8-6) went to the half with a 26-21 lead and flattened the Lancers by running what looked like a clinic in the third quarter.

The Firebirds turned up the intensity on their man-to-man pressure and swarmed entry passes to the post, essentially turning the quarter into a 17-6 run littered with selfless plays.

“You could tell they were down,” Heline said. “And we just kept playing hard, and things kept working better for us.”

FSHS players alertly and actively used their hands all night; the Firebirds tallied five steals in the quarter and 15 in the game.

“I thought defensively, that’s the sharpest we’ve been all year,” Law said.

Law said the Firebirds have yet to fire on all cylinders offensively, but he was encouraged with how they distributed the ball.

Seven Firebirds tallied at least one steal and one assist, including Self, Brett Frantz (seven points) and Shawn Knighton (four points).

“If things aren’t rolling for you, you can step up in other areas,” Watson said.

Box score

FSHS boys 55, SM East 34

SM EAST (34)

Robby Moriarty 1-8 1-2 3, Zach Schneider 1-4 5-6 7, Alex Schoegler 0-0 0-0 0, Vance Wentz 6-13 0-0 12, George Brophy 0-1 2-2 2, Chase Hanna 0-1 0-0 0, Andy Hiett 0-4 2-2 2, Sean Cameron 0-1 3-4 3, Zach Nass 1-2 0-0 3, Billy Sutherland 0-0 0-2 0, Connor Rellihan 0-1 0-0 0, Henry Simpson 1-2 0-0 2, Chris Heady 0-2 0-0 0, Connor McGannon 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 12-40 13-19 34.


Brett Frantz 3-8 0-0 7, Austin Hoag 1-4 2-4 4, Eric Watson 4-7 3-4 12, Alec Heline 2-6 0-0 4, Evan Manning 0-5 0-0 0, Georgi Funtarov 8-12 0-0 18, Tyler Self 0-1 0-0 0, Cameron Dabney 2-2 0-0 4, Shawn Knighton 2-4 0-0 4, Kansas Fiori-Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Kyle McFarland 0-2 0-0 0, Gabe Patterson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-53 5-8 55

SM East 10 11 6 7 — 34

Free State 11 15 17 12 — 55

Three-point goals: SM East 3-17 (Wentz 2, Nass); Free State 4-12 (Funtarov 2, Frantz, Watson). Fouled out: Free State — Watson. Shooting: SM East 12-40 (30 percent); Free State 23-53 (43 percent). Turnovers: SM East 16, Free State 12.


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