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Rematches set in RPAC boys tourney semifinals

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Steve Kodad/McCook Daily Gazette Daniel Arp of Hitchcock County gets ready to release this shot during Cattle Trail Invitational Tournament action at McCook last December. The Falcons will face unbeaten Paxton Jan. 25 at Wallace in the Republican Plains Activities Conference boys basketball tournament West Division semifinals. Hitchcock County topped Wallace and Paxton beat Dundy County-Stratton in quarterfinal games at Hayes Center Jan. 22.
The Republican Plains Activities Conference basketball tournament reached the halfway point with boys division quarterfinal games Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The top two teams in each half of the bracket advanced to the semifinals Friday, Jan. 25, in rematches of regular-season battles a week prior to the conference meet.

East Division boys action was held Tuesday at the Southwest High School gym in Bartley. Top seed Southern Valley cruised past Cambridge, 67-35, and second seed Arapahoe thumped Bertrand, 71-42.

West Division action was held Tuesday at the Hayes Center High School gym. Top seed Paxton remained unbeaten with a 63-40 victory over Dundy County-Stratton. Hitchcock County, the second seed, also advanced with a 63-49 victory over Wallace.

Semifinals are scheduled for Friday night.

Southern Valley (14-1) and Arapahoe (16-3) will play Friday at 7:45 p.m. at Alma High School for a berth in the RPAC championship game. Paxton (15-0) and Hitchcock County (11-4) meet Friday at 7:45 p.m. at Wallace High School for the other berth in the RPAC championship finals.

THE RPAC Tournament championship finals are slated for Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Cambridge High School gym. Boys semifinal winners play for the title at 7:45 p.m., with semifinal losers meeting for third place Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at Cambridge.

ARAPAHOE outscored Bertrand in each quarter Tuesday to advance. The Warriors led 13-8 after one quarter and 32-20 at halftime before outscoring Bertrand 20-7 in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 52-27.

Wyatt Anderson led Arapahoe with 22 points. Caden Weverka added 21 points and Stefan Milvanovic had 14 points and a team-high 14 rebounds. Anderson also pulled down 10 rebounds.

Arapahoe gets another shot at Southern Valley. The Eagles traveled to Arapahoe last Thursday night in a regular-season game and handed the Warriors a 68-51 setback.

AT HAYES CENTER, Hitchcock County pulled away in the final eight minutes against Wallace. The Falcons led 42-36 after three periods before outscoring Wallace 21-13 in the fourth period.

Austin Blume led the winners with 24 points. Daniel Arp added 16 points and Ryan Rogers chipped in 11 for the Falcons.

Head coach Mike Tines said his team recorded a big win against a talented Wallace squad.

"The kids played great defense and we made plays on offense when we needed them," Tines said. "This keeps us on track with our goals in the conference tournament and gives us an opportunity to have another chance against an undefeated Paxton team."

Hitchcock County is looking to avenge one of its earlier losses. The Falcons visited Paxton Tuesday, Jan. 15, in a RPAC Tournament warm-up. Hitchcock County dropped a 54-35 decision.

CONSOLATION bracket contests were also played Tuesday afternoon.

Medicine Valley beat Southwest, 69-36, in East Division action at Bartley. Host Hayes Center topped Maywood, 38-27, in a West Division elimination contest.

Hayes Center got a good defensive effort to earn one more game this week.

"We struggled at times offensively, but I was very pleased with our defensive effort," said Hayes Center head coach Luis Cuellar. "I thought the boys played with a great attitude, and this win allows us the opportunity for another game on Friday."

The Cardinals will meet Wauneta-Palisade Friday at 4:15 p.m. at Wallace in a West Division consolation game.

Dundy County-Stratton and Wallace will also play a consolation bracket game Friday at 6 p.m. at Wallace.

Medicine Valley earns one more consolation bracket contest Friday after the victory over Southwest. The Raiders will face host Alma Friday at 4:15 p.m.

Cambridge and Bertrand will also meet Friday at Alma at 6 p.m. in the final boys consolation bracket contest in the East Division.

GIRLS RPAC action resumes Thursday, Jan. 25, with semifinals and two consolation bracket contests at two separate sites.

In East Division play at Alma, Southwest and Cambridge will meet at 4:15 p.m., followed by Bertrand and Alma at 6 p.m. in the two consolation bracket games. Arapahoe and Southern Valley square off at 7:45 p.m. at Alma for a berth in the RPAC girls championship game.

The West Division at Wallace Thursday will feature consolation bracket games machines Wallace and Hayes Center at 4:15 p.m. plus Paxton and Wauneta-Palisade at 6 p.m. Hitchcock County then faces Dundy County-Stratton Thursday at 7:45 p.m. at Wallace for the other berth in the RPAC girls title game.

The Arapahoe-Southern Valley winner will play the Hitchcock County-DCS winner for the RPAC girls crown Saturday starting at 6 p.m. at the Cambridge High School gym. Thursday's losers meet for third place Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Cambridge.

Hitchcock County pulled off an upset Monday to advance. The West Division fourth-seed Falcons knocked off top seed Paxton, 52-47, in second-round play at Hayes Center.

Brooke Hoyt scored 14 points to lead Hitchcock County Monday. Alexis Bantz and Allyson Cole added 13 points each, and Taylor Hahn had 11. Kristen Garner also led the winners with 9 rebounds.

IN LAST YEAR'S Republican Plains Activities Conference Tournament finals at Southwest High School, Hitchcock County's girls defeated Southern Valley, 54-35.

Paxton nipped Southern Valley, 43-42, in the boys championship finals.

In third-place finals last year at Southwest, Arapahoe nudged Dundy County-Stratton, 70-69 in overtime in the boys division. Southwest beat Hayes Center, 37-28, for third place in the girls division.


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