BY BUDDY TABLER
Special to the Tribune
CIMARRON — The Larned boys worked hard by converting four free throws in the final 30 seconds to upset Cimarron 68-67 in Tuesday’s non-league basketball game.
It was a game of runs as the two guard-oriented teams battled back and forth all evening. There was some terrific 3-point shooting by both teams and both shot over 50 percent. Larned was 22 of 40 while Cimarrron was 21-38. Larned converted 16 of 17 free throws and Cimarron converted 13 of 17.
Larned coach Jerrod Smith said, “I love that we got the road win but , boy, we didn’t play good defense the final three quarters. I was impressed with how our guys came back after trailing by four in the final quarter.”
Cimarron was led by the hot-shooting Matt Mowry with 31 points. He was backed up by R J Thomas with 9. The Bluejays fall to 2-3 on the season,
Larned (3-2) was led by Brock Skelton’s 18 points while Chance Sanger added 14 and Jaylen Thomas nine.
Larned led 18-10 after a 10-1 start, but Cimarron sliced the lead to 37-34 by halftime.
BOYS CENTRAL KANSAS LEAGUE
Smoky Valley 2-2
Halstead 44, Sedgwick 33
Hesston 52, Smoky Valley 46 OT
Haven 62, Nickerson 54
Hays-TMP 52, Pratt 39
Larned 68, Cimarron 67
Lyons 46, Canton-Galva 41