PHILLIPSBURG, KS — The basketball season came to an end Tuesday night for the Goodland Cowboys as they fell at Phillipsburg 48-39 in the first round of the substate tournament.
Goodland entered the game the five seed while Phillipsburg was the fourth seed in the tournament but both team had identical records and the first quarter certainly showed that. Goodland came out playing with great intensity and jumped out to a 13-10 lead to end the first quarter. The next two quarters saw the Cowboys struggle on the offensive end scoring just four points in the second and eight in the third quarter. And committing 13 turnovers too.
Despite the rough play from Goodland, P-Burg didn’t take full advantage only leading by three at halftime, 20-17. The game would remain tight through most of the third quarter with the lead not getting much bigger than three but with three minutes left the Panthers stretched their lead to nine, 34-25 thanks to a couple of big buckets from Ty Sides.
The Panthers came right out of the 3rd quarter break and got another quick bucket to lead by 11, the largest of the night. From then Goodland nailed two quick threes, their only two of the night, to cut the lead down to six. But Ty Sides would once again take over the game making multiple tough shots to keep the Cowboys, who could not buy a basket late, at a good arms length away and pull out the nine point win.
Two stats really hurt Goodland on the night: Turnovers, the Cowboys committed 22 of them, and three point shooting, as GHS made just 2 of 17 from deep. But GHS did own the glass grabbing 34 rebounds. Brennan Brumbaugh led Goodland with 13 points and fellow senior Leyton Cure had his second career double-double with 12 points & a career-high 14 rebounds.
Ty Sides was the star of the night for Phillipsburg scoring a game-high 23 points with 20 of them coming in the second half. Joel Ford added seven points and Kagan Keeten had six in the win. P-Burg also shot the three ball better than they had most of the season knocking in 4 of 13 attempts from deep.
The loss ends Goodland’s season at 9-12 overall. The nine wins were six more than what GHS had won total the last two seasons combined. Cowboys ended up finishing 5th in the GWAC, which avoided them placing last in the league for the third straight year.
The win for Phillipsburg improves them to 10-11 overall and they will face Hays TMP in the sub-state semifinals on Friday in Norton.