KSID Radio
Click to choose your station
Shop Here - Shop Now - SAVE BIG
Click to play Sky FM Click to play The Fort
SKY FM Stream The Fort AM Stream

Leyton wins double OT thriller against Minatare, 49-43

SIDNEY, Neb. - The Class D2 District 12 Sub-District Semifinals took place Tuesday evening at the Cabela’s Athletic Facility in Sidney High School. After a 59-25 victory for the top seed in the Sub-Districts, Creek Valley over Potter-Dix, the second semifinal featured the two-three matchup of the Leyton Warriors (3-14, 2-2 D2-12) versus the Minatare Indians (7-13, 2-3 D2-12).

This would mark the second meeting of the two teams this season after Leyton won a tight one on the road in late January, 52-47. But, that victory was the last one for the Warriors heading into postseason play as the squad from Dalton entered Sub-Districts on a four-game skid. Minatare came into the tournament with a little momentum beating the aforementioned Potter-Dix Coyotes 40-29 in their final regular season game.

For Leyton, the key would be to find a way to contain the, at times, explosive Indians offense led by sophomore Kaleb Gonzalez averaging 16 points per game. He, along with senior James Sandberg, combined for 35 of the 47 points in the earlier season game. The Warriors, on average, allow 55 points per outing to their opponents.

The first half, though, played out as a defensive battle. Foul trouble for sophomore Drew Haley, the second leading scorer for Leyton, forced him to miss the entirety of the second quarter, and while freshman Zackry Henke picked up his scoring on the inside with four, the Warriors managed only 10 points total through the first two quarters. A similar struggle could be seen on the Minatare side as the three-seed totaled just 14 in the first half, seven from freshman Quintin Hassell.

In the January duel between these two teams, Leyton used a big third quarter, 11-3, to take a lead and never gave it back, and the seconded seeded Warriors would need to do that again coming out of the locker room. And they did.

The boys in cardinal opened the second half on a 13-0 run led by senior Jaydin Gartner with seven points and boosted by an aggressive defense which forced, unofficially, 10 turnovers in the third quarter. The Indians did not score until just over a minute left in the frame as Hassell made a layup, but by that time, Leyton held a 23-16 advantage.

Gartner stayed hot in the fourth adding another six to his total while fellow senior Kort Dye also didn’t want to see his high school career come to an end just yet adding to the scoring with seven points of his own in the second half and continuing to harass the Minatare ball handlers. The ever dangerous Gonzalez, though, started to find his touch in the final stanza pouring in a quick six points, and Hassell continued his strong play with six more as well. By the time the clock hit zero, the Indians had tied the game at 34 sending the D2-12 Semifinal into overtime.

Both teams went back-and-forth in the first overtime period with Minatare holding a late lead prior to Gartner banking in a post jumper with under six seconds remaining to force another overtime session all tied at 39. In the second overtime period, foul trouble started to pile up for the Indians as both Gonzalez and Hassell, who had combined for 32 of the 39 points fouled out of the game.

With the two hottest offensive weapons now on the bench, Leyton was finally able to create some breathing room as Dye knocked down four straight free throws at one point and Henke sent one through late to ice the game and give the Warriors a hard fought, 49-43 double overtime victory.

For his clutch free throws in the second overtime and his excellent defense throughout the game, Dye earned player of the game for Leyton finishing with 15 points, 10 steals, and seven rebounds, unofficially. Despite fouling out, Gonzalez still led Minatare with 17 points while also corralling nine rebounds.

Hassell joined his teammate in double digits with 15 in the game while junior Ephroen Lovato scored six off the bench, a pair of seniors who played their last game in the red and white, Adam Moreno and Gilbert Rodriguez had five each, and another senior, Brandon Blickensderfer totaled two as well.

The Warriors have their season continue with the win as Gartner led all scorers with 19 points in the game, all in the second half and overtime. Henke joined his two senior teammates, Dye and Gartner, in double digits with 10, while junior Josh Kruse finished with four points and the sophomore duo of Drew Haley and Jeremy Carley both managed two points each.

The double overtime defeat sends Leyton to yet another Sub-Districts Final where they’ll take on the Creek Valley Storm on Thursday. The Warriors lost a home game against Creek Valley 52-39 at the beginning of February in Dalton. With a win, Leyton would advance to their first District Final since March 2014 and end a two-game losing streak versus the Storm.



71° F
Sidney, NE
Copyright © 2018 KSID Radio
Designed and Hosted by RiverBender.com

KSID Radio
2306 Legion Park Road
P.O. Box 37
Sidney, Nebraska 69162

Phone: 308.254.5803
Toll Free: 800.322.5743
Fax: 308.254.5901