Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Emporia Boys Rally Past Topeka West

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Emporia Boys Rally Past Topeka West

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EMPORIA -- The Topeka West boys basketball team was denied its second Centennial League win in a row as an 11-0 fourth-quarter run powered Emporia to 62-57 victory Friday at home.

Emporia (6-3, 3-2 Centennial League) led 4-2 early, but did not regain the lead until 4:25 left in the fourth quarter after a John Williams' 3-pointer gave the Spartans a 50-47 lead.

"We threw a lot of different things at Topeka West trying to get back in the game, and I though our kids did a good job of handling all of them," Emporia coach Beau Welch said. "I thought (Williams) knocking down that 3 was huge. I thought if we just hung around and knocked down a perimeter shot, we thought it would really give us a confidence boost. We just really showed some maturity tonight."

Topeka West (1-8, 1-4) led by as many as 12 in the game but could not hold on after defeating Topeka High earlier in the week.

"Emporia was very resilient, and I was impressed with how they played," Chargers coach Rick Bloomquist said. "It was a disappointing game for us. I thought we controlled the first half, but I am going to credit the Emporia kids, because they were just more persistent than we were."

Emporia forward Max Brown came through in the clutch as all of but two of his nine points came in the second half.

"It was a game of character tonight," Bloomquist said. "I am happy with my team, and we have made a lot of progress. We've had balanced scoring all year and have been in every ballgame. The kids do a good job of wanting to get better. I feel bad for our kids because they want to win, like to win. But we have some things to still polish out."

Josh Reynolds and Jordan Newby each finished with a 16 points, while Terry Smith added 11.

The Spartans were led by Williams, who finished with a game-high 20 points, 12 in the second half.

EMPORIA GIRLS 60, TOPEKA WEST 29 -- A strong inside game by Imari Bell combined with strong play from senior Raegan Sanchez led Emporia to an easy victory. …

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