The Crawford Rams and Gordon-Rushville Mustangs emerged last week as the furthest advancing area basketball teams in this year’s post-season, each making an appearance in their Sub-District Championship games this past Thursday.
The Rams rolled their way into the championship game with Paxton on the back of a 46-29 win over Garden County during the Sub-District Semi-Finals earlier in the week. The Tigers of Paxton, who entered the Championship game with a 21-1 record, quickly put an end to Crawford’s District hopes, downing the team 48-27.
Crawford Coach Rick Barry commented that facing a top 5 team is always a challenge, but despite the loss, thought his team played well.
Barry’s claim that the Ram’s had trouble making a shot shows in the numbers as both of the teams’ leading scorers, seniors Aaron Alcorn and Blaine Flack, hit just 20% of their field goals.
Alcorn lead the team with 8 points, while Flack had seven, including a single three-pointer.
Seniors Alcorn, Flack, Austin Kennedy, and Bryce Oetken will all graduate this year.
With a 51-35 victory over the Valentine Badgers on Tuesday last week, the Mustangs earned their bid in the C1-12 Sub-District Championship game, coming into the game 20-4 on the season, and the favorite to advance to District play with a defeat of the 11-14 Mitchell Tigers.
Unfortunately that wouldn’t be the case for the Mustangs as the Tigers would play spoiler to Gordon-Rushville’s hopes, upsetting the team in a 70-67 victory that saw Tiger sophomore Blake Thyne go off for 28 points.
Despite leading 20-14 after the first quarter, the Tigers held the Mustangs to just nine points in the second to take a 32-29 lead.
The Mustangs would battle back, keeping the score close throughout the rest of the bout, but ultimately fell to the Tigers by a deficit of just three points.