By Travis Mounts and Sam Jack
The Campus Colts boys basketball team set a record for 3-point baskets in an 81-36 home win over the Goddard Lions.
The victory was the first of the season for the Colts, who started the season 0-3 while playing without several starters. The Colts set a new school record by making 14 3-point shots. Goddard’s loss dropped the Lions to 2-2 on the season.
“We shot lights out, and took good shots and shared it,” said Campus head coach Chris Davis.
The Colts logged 19 assists in the win.
Davis was relieved to get that first win.
“It’s a peace-of-mind issue for me, and I think it is for the kids, too,” Davis said. “Everybody’s healthy, and we hope we can stay that way.”
Lions head coach Lee Baldwin said the mismatch in terms of size, skill and athleticism showed up on the scoreboard pretty quickly.
“Until we improve our overall skill level to get the confidence to even compete against teams like that, those are the type of scores you’ll get,” he said. “It’s a little bit disappointing when you’ve got the deer-in-headlights look, but that’s where we’re at right now, and it’s something we’ve got to strive to get better at.”
The Colts’ Aiden Sutter and Andrell Burton Jr. both made five 3-pointers, with Sutter going a perfect 5-for-5 in his return to action. Zion Young sank two, and Kaason Thomas and Kaiden Pearce each contributed one.
Campus: Aiden Sutter 19, Andrell Burton Jr. 17, Zion Young 12, Andrew Howard 11, Pearch 10, Kaason Thomas 7, Landon Brown 2, Robin Knight 2, Jacob Webber 1.
Goddard: Box score not available.
Colts roll over Railers
The Campus Colts jumped out to a quick start in both halves of last Friday’s 77-51 home victory over the Newton Railers. It was the Colts’ third straight home game, and improved their record to 2-3.
It was another big win for the now-healthy Colts. After having 19 assists in the Goddard win, Campus had 20 against the Railers.
“Our kids are trying to play the right way,” Davis said. “You can beat good teams when you do that.”
The Colts wrap up December with two straight wins, and seemed like a different team last week with their full lineup for the first time all season.
Three Colts scored in double digits, led by Andrew Howard with 15 and Zion Young with 14.
The Colts raced out to an 18-5 lead after the first quarter. Newton bounced back and scored 18 in the second quarter, but Campus was still ahead by 12 points at halftime, 35-23.
Campus then went on a 23-16 run through the third quarter to go up by 19 points.
The Colts will have a big test coming off the holiday break, as they travel to Maize to face the Eagles, who are the top-ranked team in Class 5A.
Lions put up a fight vs. Valley Center
The Goddard Lions suffered another loss on Friday, Dec. 17, 48-39, but it was a different flavor of loss than Tuesday’s blowout at Campus.
“After getting blown out like that, it’s pretty easy to feel sorry for yourself and not come back out with any energy,” Baldwin said. “That wasn’t the case on Friday.”
The Lions were within five points of the Hornets with four minutes left to play.
“We gave ourselves an opportunity against a team that, going into the game, had been averaging 65 points a game. To hold them 17 points under their average is pretty good for us,” Baldwin said. “Our guys fought really hard; I think that’s as hard as we’ve played all year.”
The Lions’ first game after the holiday break will be Tuesday, Jan. 4, when they will play at Andover. On Friday, Jan. 7, they will play at Andover.
Goddard: Mason Lubbers 11, Ryan Bay 6, Nick Rogers 4, Mason Healy 4, Gabe Villegas 3, Landon Lickly 3, Austin Rudkin 3, Seth Wilhelm 3, Jake Jasnoski 2.