Battling until the end, the Gardner Edgerton High School boys basketball team brought back a second place finish from the Spring Hill Invitational tournament last weekend.
GEHS advanced to the championship game by virtue of victories over Spring Hill and Piper. In the title match, GEHS dropped a hard fought 65-52 decision to Eisenhower High School.
Against Eisenhower, GEHS held a slim 12-9 lead after one quarter, but trailed 27-22 by halftime.
GEHS went on a 12-2 fourth quarter run and pulled within three points. That was as close as GEHS would get as Eisenhower regrouped and pulled away.
EHS owned a 45-32 lead after three quarters and held on for victory.
Despite the loss, GEHS got 14 points apiece from Traevohn Wrench and Kyle Hultgren. Sean Callahan added nine points. Devon Toomey and Josh Lang had five points and Will Cook, three points.
In a 46-44 semi-final win versus Piper, Kyle Hultgren led the way with 16 points, while Brett Wright added 12 points. Will Cook had nine points, Josh Lang, five, Wrench, four and Callahan, 2.
Tied at 44 in the closing seconds, Wright drove to the basket and just missed a layup. Fortunately, Hultgren hauled in the rebound and scored to get GEHS the win.
“It was a nice win and the kids kept their composure late in the game,” said coach Jeff Langrehr.
In the opener, GEHS turned back host Spring Hill 55-53. The Blazers survived significant foul trouble and got key contributions from its bench.
“We were able to survive a tense, close game,” Langrehr said. “The foul trouble forced us to go deep into our bench, and we got key contributions.”
One of the key contributor, freshman point guard Toomey scored seven points, including a trey.
Wrench was able to stay out of foul trouble and pumped in 16 points and Wright and Lang added 10 apiece.
In addition to the second place team honor, GEHS’ Hultgren and Wright were selected to the all-tournament team.
Now 5-6, GEHS gets back to action Jan. 31 at Blue Valley.