CANTON — Dillon Vogts, Noah Eichelberger, and Brady Helms led the Moundridge Wildcats basketball team to another blowout victory against the Wichita Warriors on Friday night in the championship game at the Canton Galva Invitational held at Canton Galva High School.
The Wildcats won the championship convincingly by a score of 68-50. Leading the Wildcats in scoring were a couple of team leaders who were also named to the Canton-Galva Invitational All Tournament team.
Eichelberger finished with 29 points, and Dillon Vogts, who scored 27 points, was named the overall tournament MVP.
The Wildcats started off red hot for the third night in a row, going on a 12-3 run to open up the game, starting with a Vogts assist from half court for an easy layup, and then the standout junior point guard nailing his first three shots of the night.
Eichelberger was also red hot and nailed an impressive seven shots from behind the 3-point line. The Wildcat defense was able to keep the Warriors from making any sort of comeback, not letting them get any closer than seven points.
But as soon as the Warriors were that close, Eichelberger hit a very timely 3 toward the end of the half allowing the senior forward to put any sort of hopes for a comeback to rest. Helms, who also was named to the All Tournament Team, finished the night with four points which was the third highest total for Moundridge.
Head coach Vance Unrau after the game said, “kids are starting to feel really, really comfortable and just getting in a good rhythm.”
This proved to the true as Vogts, Helms, and Eichelberger combined for all but two of Moundridge’s total points.
Vogts humbly claimed that being named tournament MVP was “a complete surprise” and that “when I heard my name my eyes kinda lit up.”
He attributed his success to his dad and his drive for basketball.
Eichelberger after the game said his leadership for the team physically and mentally is helped by “continuing to lift up your teammates and not getting too frustrated because when you are down as a leader, then your team gets down as well.”
Moundridge will look to continue its success next Friday at Goessel.