SALINA – The Class 4A semifinals between Chapman High School and Augusta was a battle to the very end as the Orioles just got by the Irish 46-40 Friday night in Salina.
The two teams battled, fought and clawed with the intention of getting to Saturday’s championship game. The game was so close that the score was tied nine times and there were four lead changes.
The game was tied 13-13 after one and the Irish had a two point lead in the second quarter only to see Augusta make a late push and head to the locker room with a 28-25 advantage. The two schools stayed with each other through the third period and Chapman dug itself out of an eight-point deficit late in the third, early fourth to once again tie the game.
Augusta hit some key free throws down the stretch to pull out the six-point win.
Chapman senior Brandon Colston had a team high 13 points to lead the Irish. Augusta’s sagging 1-3-1 defense limited Chapman’s bigs Izek Jackson, Kel Stroud and Lozano Lovett from scoring in the paint or around the rim. Jackson and Stroud were held to eight points each while Lovett finished with four.
Augusta guard Jaren Jackson led the Orioles with a game high 17 points. Oriole big man Zach Davidson scored five points but had 14 big rebounds in the game with 12 coming on the defensive end.
Jackson manned the boards for Chapman to finish with 10.
Both teams were held below the average scoring of total points as the opposing defense caused low shooting performances. Augusta shot 44 percent from the floor and struggled with four of 11 three-pointers. Chapman shot 38 percent and were five of 18 from behind the arc.
Augusta advances to the Championship game tomorrow evening to take on the number four seed Kansas City Piper, who edged number one Wichita Trinity 57-54 earlier Friday afternoon.
Chapman now 19-5 will take on Trinity in the third place game beginning at 2 p.m.