Veritas boys fall in state championship game
The Veritas boys basketball team was unable to complete the three-peat.
Wichita HomeSchool hit a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds left to finish off a 60-59 win over Veritas Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the KCAA state tournament at Manhattan Christian College.
“We lost another heart breaker with a foul with one second left,” Veritas coach Carl Huslig said. “Tough way to lose, but our kids played great. Proud of my team and of the Veritas village of fans.”
The Eagles, who won states titles in 2017 and 2018, have now finished as a runner-up in 2016 and 2019. Prior to 2016, Veritas has never even appeared in the state championship game in program history.
Seniors Trey Huslig and Tucker Flory were named to the all-tournament team for their play this weekend. Huslig scored 22 points in the championship game, while Flory finished with 18 points. Will Rau also added 11 points for the Eagles, who finished the season with a 21-11 record.
After being tied at 14-14 after one quarter, Veritas trailed by a 35-34 margin at the intermission. The Eagles then evened things up before the final period to make things interesting, but were unable make enough plays down the stretch.
It was much closer than the lone regular season meeting between these two teams, as Wichita HomeSchool claimed a 76-47 home win in December.
Trey Huslig 22, Reed Wilson 0, Jackson Rau 2, Will Rau 11, Will Bartkoski 5, Will Eagleman 0, Scott Weinhold 1, Tucker Flory 18.
Greenman 2, Seth Peffly 8, Mark Tibbits 2, Marshall Masterson 7, Carson Emmot 11, Grant Mellinger 6, Winston Bing 15, Townsend 9.
Veritas 14 20 12 13 — 59
WAHHA 14 21 11 14 — 60