CS boys hand Remington first defeat

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By Michael Buhler
TSnews

The Conway Springs Cardinals boys basketball team got an early Christmas present last Friday when it rallied for a 39-36 win over Remington, knocking the Broncos from the ranks of the unbeaten in the process. The game was part of the annual Heart of America/Central Plains League Challenge.
“We worked hard for that Remington win,” Conway Springs coach Paul Lange said. “They have a really nice team with depth, experience, shooting and height – and are well coached. We knew it would take one of our best efforts to get the job done. The guys were locked in on getting this final win before break and fortunately we got it.”
The Cardinals (3-3) trailed 23-17 at halftime, but held Remington scoreless from the field in the third quarter and led 26-24 by the beginning of the fourth quarter.
“We started out strong with a little lead to start the game, but it quickly evaporated and we found ourselves down at the end of the first quarter. We were calling timeouts and making adjustments trying to stop the ship from sinking.
“When we went into halftime, one of the things I reiterated to our guys was that defense and rebounding were going to win this game for us. That turned out to be really prophetic because we held Remington to one point in the third quarter and that was enough to give us the lead we wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way – even with our offensive struggles.”
Izic Billups led Conway Springs with 13 points, while Derrick Smith added 12.
The Cardinals have won three of their last four games heading into the holidays after an 0-2 start.
“One thing we learned after the Kingman Tournament was that we wanted to work up to playing deeper into our rotation to try to keep some of our key guys more fresh and able to knock down shots later in games,” Lange said. “We employed that strategy starting with Douglass and I think Izic Billups was a direct beneficiary. That will also help us in the big picture of developing our younger guys.”
Conway Springs is back on the court next month against Chaparral.
Conway Springs: Billups 13, Smith 12, Nash Johnsen 6, Taylor Wykes 4, Patrick Friess 2, Lance Pauly 2.

Against CPL rival Douglass last Tuesday, the Cardinals used a smothering defense to earn a 54-17 win. Conway Springs led 25-14 at halftime, but outscored the Bulldogs 16-0 in the third quarter to turn the game into a rout.
Billups led all scorers with 20 points, while Smith had 15.
“Against Douglass, we were eager to get back out there and prove ourselves after getting smacked by Valley Center (in the finals of the Kingman Eagle Classic),” Lange said. “We thought by looking at the tape we had some small advantages and our gameplan was to turn those into big advantages starting with our defense. Along those lines, in the last two games. we have only allowed one total point in the third quarter. That’s something we’re proud of.”
Conway Springs: Billups 20, Smith 15, Wykes 8, Cade Howell 6, Friess 3, Pauly 2.