Cair Paravel 8 11 11 19 — 49
Veritas 12 8 6 20 — 46
Cair Paravel — Musa 8, W. Wipperman 3, Nigas 2, Urish 8, Z. Wipperman 7, Gibbs 11, Doggs 10.
Veritas — Nick Gardner 3, Nate Scott 16, Ethan Scott 7, Thomas Bachert 6, Ethan Kay 6, Elijah Penny 8
Eudora Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team and Topeka Cair Paravel traded three-point baskets throughout the final quarter, but Veritas came up just short in the end Friday. The Eagles dropped a 49-46 contest to Cair Paravel in the semifinals of the KCAA State Tournament at the Eudora Community Center.
Cair Paravel went ahead by three with 30 seconds left, and Veritas missed a three-point attempt, ultimately deciding the game. The two teams combined for 39 points in the fourth quarter.
“It was a barn-burner,” Veritas coach Gary Hammer said. “Close all the way through. I was really proud of our effort tonight.”
Nate Scott led the Eagles (16-7) with 16 points, while Elijah Penny pitched in eight.
No. 3 seed Veritas will play in the third-place game at 4:30 p.m. today against No. 4 seed St. Marys.
“It’s hard, but I think a lot of times, the team that can bounce back and get in the right frame of mind has a better chance of winning, instead of being down in the dumps the next day,” Hammer said. “We can still end the season with a win.”