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  • Colgan routs Neodesha 72-41

  • Nine days since their last game, the St. Mary’s Colgan boys initially came out strong against the Neodesha Bluestreaks but stalled late in the first quarter of their Class 3A substate quarterfinal contest Thursday evening.

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  • Nine days since their last game, the St. Mary’s Colgan boys initially came out strong against the Neodesha Bluestreaks but stalled late in the first quarter of their Class 3A substate quarterfinal contest Thursday evening.
    Colgan took a 12-9 lead into the second quarter and evidence of first quarter sluggishness was the last Colgan possession of the stanza, as none of the five players on the floor realized how much time was left on the clock and did not get a shot up before the buzzer.
    However, the patented Panther press and opportunistic offense began clicking early in the second quarter and a 14-2 blitz in the first 2 minutes, 14 seconds of the second led to a 40-15 halftime lead and 72-41 running clock victory.
    “I felt like we started the game with intensity,” Colgan head coach Wayne Cichon said. “Then, Neodesha kind of lulled us into their style of play, which is a little bit slower. At the quarter, we finally got our kids to where we wanted them to be and with all of them on the same page. I thought we had two or three (on the same page) but it was hard getting all five. At the start of the second quarter, we started doing that and it just blew up on them.”
    In the opening 46 seconds of the second, Colgan scored six points on three assists and two Neodesha turnovers. Chase VanBecelaere lobbed one over the Neodesha defense to Luke Marquardt for a layup, then came transition baskets from Dyson Dechant and Austin Commons. Out of the Neodesha timeout, Dechant and Commons made baskets for a 22-9 advantage.
    Commons and Marquardt thrived on the chaos of the second quarter, combining for 16 points, eight apiece.
    With virtually no games played on the southeastern side of Kansas on Monday and Tuesday, most teams will have to win three games in three nights to earn an entry into the state tournament. Colgan hosted three quarterfinal games Thursday night, a break from tradition forced by Winter Storm Rocky.
    Cichon, head coach at Colgan since 1983, talked about this substate format.
    “In my 30 years here, we’ve never had to do this,” Cichon said. “We’ve always been able to get first round games in on time. So, it’s something unusual for everybody. To play three games in a substate in the first round at one site is unbelievable. I know they did it up at Fort Scott (Wednesday night). They played four games at one site. It’s unusual but the weather dictated it and with 5A and 6A starting up, the number of officials got less for each classification, so they had to keep us all at one site.”
    Common wisdom dictates that players would rather play games than practice.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I think that’s true,” Cichon said. “I think they’d like to have a day off but everybody’s in the same boat. It’s not going to matter in terms of an advantage. We’ve just got to hope that we can save our legs like we did in this last game during this three-game stretch.”
    Dechant finished as the game-high scorer, propelled by 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter. Marquardt and Commons had 16 and 14, respectively. Grant Normand knocked down a couple trifectas for his six points.
    Justice Baird led Neodesha with 14 points and John Garcia added 10. The Bluestreaks ended their season 5-16.
    Colgan (15-5) will face Galena (15-6) tonight, who defeated Southeast 61-33. In other games Thursday, Riverton defeated Erie 54-43 and Caney Valley defeated Cherryvale 59-44.
     
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