Gardner Edgerton High School rallied from a 10-point, first quarter deficit to turn back Wichita Collegiate and take the championship.
When the final buzzer rang, the Blazers had defeated the Wichita school 59-56 to take the top prize at the Blue Stem Classic Tournament in El Dorado, Kan., last weekend.
Trailing 22-12 after one quarter, GEHS employed a full-court press that turned the tables. The strategy worked, as Collegiate turned the ball over 20 times in the final three quarters and shot a dismal 38 percent from the field.
“We decided to turn the press back on them, and it worked,” said coach Jeff Langehr. “We realized they don’t handle pressure any better than we do.”
GEHS pulled within 41-40 after three quarters, and Brett Wright’s floater with less than 7 minutes left put GEHS up for good at 45-44.
Kyle Hultgren once again led the way with 14 points, while Wright added 11. Nash Bostwick had 10, Bryson Rohr netted eight, and Conner Boyt scored four. Devan Toomey and Nate Wagner each earned three points and Jacob Garrett added two points.
Earlier in the tournament, GEHS beat Kapaun, Mt. Carmel and Wichita Trinity High Schools. The 3-0 tournament mark moved GEHS to 6-5 on the season.
Following the tournament, Hultgren and Wright were named to the all-tournament team.