AFTON — The Kanas Comets and Chouteau Wildcats moved on to Saturday’s boys championship finals after posting semifinal wins in the 28th annual Afton Coca Cola Classic Basketball Tournament.
On Thursday, Kansas beat the Afton Eagles, 76-59, and Chouteau got past the Wyandotte Bears, 47-38.
The Comets took a 3-0 advantage in the first and Afton was never able to take the lead. Austin Morris tallied 15 first-period points as Kansas built a 10-point margin to end the opening period.
Gunner Hudson scored nine points in the second to help the Eagles close the margin to four, 34-30, at halftime.
Kansas scored 21 points each in the third and fourth period.
Four players scored in double-figures for the Comets. Morris finished with a game-high 29 points, Tracy Pruitt hit 16, Jason Fields had 14 and Keelan Davis added 10.
Josh Turley popped in a game-high 31 for Afton and Hudson ended up with 12.
From the free-throw line, Kansas was 25-of-33 and Afton was 15-of-20.
Wyandotte fell behind and they were not quite able to muster enough points to overtake the Wildcats.
Conner Darnell had eight points as Chouteau went up 17-10 after the first period.
The Bears struggle from shooting outside the lane in the second period as Chouteau took a 33-16 margin into intermission.
In the third, Wyandotte rallied back and cut the Wildcats’ margin to five, 41-36, on Braxton Douthit’s 3-pointer.
The Wildcats answered with a pair of baskets inside for a 45-36 lead.
Darnell finished with a game-high 16 markers and Champ Bridges hit 14. Bridges, the Wildcats’ 3-point specialist, did not hit a 3-point bucket in the game.
Ryan Cooper and Trey Jones, led the Bears with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Both team combined for only 17 fouls with the Bears with 14. Wyandotte was 7-of-10 for the line and the Wildcats had only two attempts.
Afton played Wyandotte for the third-place trophy on Saturday. No results from the championship and third-place games were available at press time Saturday.