April 21, 2024

Border West takes down Hancock in Section 6A playoffs

Photos by Jennifer Pederson Border West teammates Jack Siegel, Holden Rinke and Brayden Andrews all go for a rebound in their first round playoff game against Hancock on the road March 7.

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Sam Peterson
Grant County Herald

The Border West boys basketball team opened up the Section 6A playoffs as the fifth seed and went on the road against the fourth seeded Hancock March 7. The Bucs had a strong first half to propel them to a 57-47 win over the Owls. 

This was the third matchup between the two Little Eight Conference teams. The teams split their two games in the regular season with the road team winning both games. The success for the road squad continued when the Bucs pulled off a win in the playoffs.

Hancock held just brief leads in the first few minutes of the game, but Border West eventually took control. The Bucs built up a multiple possession lead early and rode that to a 32-22 halftime lead over the Owls on the road. 

Border West did not give up the lead in the second half of play. The Owls made a couple pushes in the second half to cut the lead to single digits, but could never seriously threaten for the lead. The Bucs were able to coast through the final few minutes to lock up a 57-47 win to stay alive in the Section 6A playoffs.

Hancock actually outshot the Bucs from the field. Hancock finished shooting 33.3 percent from the floor and Border West only shot 30.9 percent. The Bucs made up for that with a seven-rebound advantage in offensive rebounding and a 12-4 lead on second chance points. 

Nolan Wilson led the Bucs with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Holden Rinke added 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Jack Siegel was the only other player in double figures and finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Kyle Kremer added nine points and six rebounds. Gunnar Hoffman tallied three points and three rebounds and Brayden Andrews had two points, seven steals and six rebounds.

With the victory, the team advanced to play the top seed West Central Area at Minnewaska Area High School on March 9.

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