Wildcats compete in GPAC tourney
By Travis McConnell
The Wallace Wildcat boys basketball team competed in the GPAC division of the Republican Plains Activities Conference tournament last week in Hayes Center and Maywood.
On Saturday, Jan. 22, the Wildcats traveled to Hayes Center to take on the Hayes Center Cardinals in first round action.
The game was close throughout and Hayes Center needed good free throw shooting at the end to hold off the Wildcats 62-56.
Early in the game Hayes Center used its size advantage inside to take a 15-11 lead after one quarter. Hayes Center’s 6-foot-3 Michael Bishop and 6-foot-4 Adam Lawson combined for eight of the Cardinals’ 15 first quarter points.
The two continued to dominate the paint in the second quarter, again combining for eight of their team’s 14 second quarter points.
The Wildcats stayed in the game with buckets by Sean May and Lane Swedberg to make the score 21-15 midway through the second quarter. Then May hit back-to-back three pointers and Landon Swedberg scored to cut the Cardinal lead to 25-23 late in the first half.
Bishop and Tyler Rehbein capped the first half scoring for the Cardinals, who led 29-23 at the break.
In the third quarter both teams continued to play solid defense as Wallace outscored Hayes Center 13-10 to cut the Cardinal lead to 39-36 entering the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals maintained their three point lead most of the fourth quarter, however, following two free throws by Lane Swedberg, the Wildcats had a chance to take the lead with under two minutes to play.
The Wildcats turned up the pressure on their full court press and created two steals on back-to-back possessions, however, the Wildcats were unable to capitalize and the Cardinals hit 14-19 free throws down the stretch for the six-point win.
Lane Swedberg and May led the Wildcats with 15 points each. Joining them in double figures was Shawn Christensen with 10 points.
Other Wildcats scorers included Landon Swedberg with eight points and Jordan Christner and Josh Grauerholtz with four each.
The Wildcats completed play in the GPAC at Maywood where they faced the Maywood Tigers.
These teams met the opening game of the season and the Wildcats used a strong second half to pull away for a 57-20 victory.
This meeting was never close as Lane Swedberg scored 10 first quarter points and the Wildcats raced to a 21-2 lead after one quarter.
The second quarter was much of the same except it was Sean May who did the damage on the offensive end as he scored eight of his game high 20 points in the quarter and the Wildcats outscored the Tigers 25-11.
At halftime the Wildcats led 46-13.
All 12 players who suited up for the game saw action in the third and fourth quarters. The Wildcats still managed to outscore the Tigers 21-18 and cruised to a 67-31 win.
May led the Wildcats with 20 points. Lane Swedberg added 18 points.
The Wildcats traveled to Brady on Tuesday to take on the Eagles before traveling back to Hayes Center for their regular season match up with the Cardinals on Friday night.