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  • Scott City too strong inside, ends Colgan's season

  • Scott City is the two-time Class 3A state champion in boys basketball, so it’s not like St. Mary’s Colgan needed to give them any help.



    But with 24 turnovers, including eight in the first quarter, the Panthers may have handed their opportunity right to the Beavers, who took a 61-48 win to advance to the Class 3A semifinals.

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  • Scott City is the two-time Class 3A state champion in boys basketball, so it’s not like St. Mary’s Colgan needed to give them any help.
    But with 24 turnovers, including eight in the first quarter, the Panthers may have handed their opportunity right to the Beavers, who took a 61-48 win to advance to the Class 3A semifinals.
    “I think the 24 turnovers, the things that were concerning about that was that two-thirds of them were unforced. We just flat out turned it over trying to do things we didn’t need to do. We can’t win ballgames when we turn it over to give them opportunities,” said Colgan head coach Wayne Cichon.
    It wasn’t as if the Panthers didn’t have opportunities of their own.
    Early on, the Panthers took their only lead of the game, a 5-4 lead on an assist from Christian Cedeño to Austin Commons. But the Beavers scored five quick points before Connor Dayton hit a three-pointer to draw within one, 9-8.
    Despite eight first-quarter turnovers by the Panthers, the game was still within striking distance, as several Beavers got into early foul trouble. The Panthers ended the first quarter behind 15-10.
    The second quarter swung back and forth, but the defending state champions took control with a 9-1 run with five points coming from leading scorer Trey O’Neil (who ended with 17 points) that turned a 5-point lead into a 13-point lead, which would hold up for a 35-22 halftime lead.
    Colgan would bring its toughest charge midway through the third quarter down 39-24. The Panthers would go on a 13-4 rally to end the quarter, followed by a Luke Marquardt bucket at the start of the fourth quarter that put the Panthers behind by four, 43-39.
    But Scott City didn’t get to be 23-1 without knowing how to respond. The Beavers rattled off the next 10 points, including four apiece from Trey O’Neil and Joey Meyer to spread the lead to 53-39 with 5:19 left.
    Meyer would end with 14 points, but a lot of the dirty work was done by Drew Kite inside.
    Kite ended with 15 points and 10 rebounds, as the Beavers dominated the interior. Scott City had 17 second-chance points to Colgan’s zero, and the Beavers were also stellar at the line, going 14-17, with all three missed free throws occurring in the final minutes when the lead was double-digits. The Panthers were 6-12 at the line.
    Cichon said that his kids gave great effort, but may have gotten wrapped up in the moment.
    “Our kids, we matched punches as a seven seed, not getting any breaks, and we were trading punches. I said, ‘Guys, we can win this.’ Then [Scott City] scored 10 straight,” Cichon said. “We did enough things well to win, if we had eliminated the mistakes. It wasn’t meant to be. I’m so proud of our seniors. They took the team by the reins, and rode us as far as they could.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Senior Dyson Dechant was the top scorer for the Panthers, ending the game with 15 points.
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