For the second straight season the Goodland Cowboys basketball season came to an end in the first round of the 3A sub-state, this time falling at Lakin, 75-55.
The first half was highly entertaining with lots of back and forth action. Goodland stayed step for step with Lakin despite the fact the high volume three-point shooting Broncs connected on three triples. Henry Cole and Brennan Brumbaugh each hit early threes to keep Goodland down one at the end of the first period, 13-12.
Goodland would play their best basketball of the evening in the second quarter which would see GHS take their first lead of the game right out of the gates and would push their lead to five just before the five minute mark. But once again Lakin would start hitting their shots from deep connecting on four threes to regain the lead before halftime, 33-30.
The third quarter is where the game got away from the Cowboys who initially looked good only down 35-34 a minute in but from that point for the next three minutes Goodland would go on a drought and Lakin would go on a 17-0 run to lead 52-34 thanks mostly to three Servando Gonzalez triples and eight Cowboy turnovers. When the period was over GHS was outscored 25 to 12 in the period and trailed heading into the fourth 58-42.
The fourth quarter saw Lakin slowly pull away as Goodland continued to turn the basketball over and Lakin would take advantage led by Hunter Davis’ seven fourth quarter points and pull even further away for the win.
Lakin’s three point shooting was the one of the two major story lines in the game as they hit on 16 of 31 triples. The other big stat was turnovers committed by Goodland as GHS gave up the ball a season-high 27 times passing their previous high mark of 24. In comparison, Goodland, whose been a solid three point shooting team themselves, only made four of their ten attempts from deep and only forced nine Lakin turnovers.
Henry Cole led the Cowboys in scoring with a game-high 26 points, just three points shy of his career high. It was his fifth career game of 20 or more points scored. Brennan Brumbaugh was the only other Cowboy in double figures with 11. Cowboys did get to the foul line a lot and had decent success going 17 of 25 from the charity stripe.
Lakin had two guys get 20-plus points in Hunter Davis, with a team-high 21 points & Servando Gonzalez who had 20. 18 of them coming off of six made three pointers as the Broncs took the lead in the series history 4-3.
The win sends Lakin (17-4) to the sub-state semifinals in Cimarron Thursday to play against Holcomb. Winner of that game will get the winner of Colby & Hugoton for a shot to go to state. That finals game to be played on Saturday, also in Cimarron.
As for the Cowboys (3-18) their season comes to an end for the fourth time in the last six seasons in the substate’s first round. But GHS did jump its win total up from one game last year to three this year and were more competitive. But it was the fourth year out the last six that the Cowboys won five or fewer games in a season. Looking to the future Goodland will bring back four of its five starters and only graduate three seniors, but one is leading scorer Henry Cole.
GOODLAND — 12 18 12 13 — 55
LAKIN — 13 20 25 17 — 75
Goodland: Cole 26 & 2. Brumbaugh 11 & 9. Cure 6 & 4. Daise 5 & 3. Wood 2 & 2. Nemechek 2 & 2. Majoral 2 & 0. Ordonnez 1 & 1. Lazo 0 & 1.
Lakin: Davis 21 & 3. Gonzalez 20 & 1. Bachman 8 & 2. Hudson 5 & 2. Daniels 4 & 5. Altman 4 & 5. Martinez 4 & 1. Hash 3 & 2. Ja. Achen 3 & 0. Christensen 0 & 1.