By Travis Mounts
The Campus Colts boys basketball team held off a late surge by the Hutchinson Salthawks to earn a 53-51 road victory last Friday. The victory kicks off the new year on a positive note and improves the Colts’ season record to 4-1.
The Colts took an early lead and stayed ahead of Hutchinson throughout the game. They started the game on a 5-0 run, and a 3-point shot by Jayden Hall made it 8-2.
Campus built a 10-point lead a couple of times. A 3-point basket by Sterling Chapman put the Colts up 38-28 in the third quarter, and Campus led 49-39 at the end of the quarter.
But the Salthawks kept fighting, and made several key 3-point shots in the fourth to press the Colts. Hutchinson had several opportunities in the final minute, but a five-second call gave Campus the ball and forced Hutchinson to foul.
Campus head coach Chris Davis said every time Campus made a run, Hutchinson had an answer. He gave credit to the Salthawks, but thought the Colts should have played better.
“I don’t think we played up to our standards,” he said. Davis said the Colts had too many bad shots and needed to play together better.
“Hopefully, we have it straightened out,” he said.
The Colts started this week with a home game against rival Derby. The Panthers started the season ranked No. 6 in Class 6A, but have fallen out of the rankings with a 2-3 record. They are still dangerous, however, as those three losses have been by a combined total of 11 points.
On Friday, Campus will host Salina South.
The Colts will take part in the Ralph Miller Classic in Chanute next week. After years at the Wildcat Classic in El Dorado, Campus will now play in Chanute one year and at Dodge City’s Tournament of Champions the next. The Colts won in Dodge City last year.