Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

High Boys Edge Rival West 71-68

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

High Boys Edge Rival West 71-68

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The final play didn't work out exactly as Pat Denney planned, but the end result is all that matters.

Up three with 8.3 seconds left, the Topeka High boys basketball coach asked his team to foul rather than allow Jordan Newby to take yet another 3. The Topeka West senior got the shot off, but misfired, and the Trojans escaped with a 71-68 win Tuesday on their home court.

Just a couple seconds earlier, Newby made his fifth 3-pointer to pull West within two. After Mario King made 1 of 2 free throws for High, the Chargers had a last-second shot to tie.

West's leading scorer was hot enough that Denney didn't want to take any chances.

"Anytime Jordan has the ball it's a little bit nerve-wracking," Denney said. "We got switched off on a screen and didn't get the look we wanted to send him to the free-throw line. But, it worked out I guess."

Newby finished with 21 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to make High nervous despite a 67-61 lead with 1:33 remaining.

The city rivals were neck-and-neck for most of the game, including a 50-50 tie at halftime. The Trojans shot 2 for 15 and scored just eight points, all from King, in the third quarter.

King added another four points in the fourth to finish with 17, but Denney also complimented the team's leading scorer for his ability to set up teammates late.

"That's sort of how he is," Denney said of King. "He did a good job hunting shots, but he also made some big passes down the stretch in our man offense. He was always around the ball, and it paid off for us."

J'Shaliek Hendricks, John Madden and Machias Jackson all joined King in double figures for High. Koriyon Carr scored 17 for West.

TOPEKA HIGH GIRLS 67, TOPEKA WEST 45 -- Once the Trojans found a way to get the ball to Erica Birch, things started clicking offensively. …

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