Both the Smoky Valley and Moundridge boys basketball teams saw their 2018-19 seasons come to an end when both the Vikings and Wildcats were defeated in their sub-state championship games on Saturday.

Vikings humbled by Monarchs

HOISINGTON – The Smoky Valley boys basketball team tried their best to finish an underdog run at their Class 3A Sub-State Finals in Hoisington on Saturday, but came up short in losing in the championship game 60-35 to Thomas More Prep.

After taking down sub-state number one seed Phillipsburg on Friday, the Vikings set up a darling of the tournament final as neither Smoky Valley and Thomas More Prep entered the week with more than 10 wins on the season.

Add that to an opportunity for a possible fourth straight trip to a state tournament, Smoky Valley instead stumbled on Saturday as they made attempted to make the 3A tournament after playing in the past three Class 4A Division I state tournaments.

But on Saturday it was not going to happen as Thomas More Prep held the Vikings to just three first-quarter points and only seven in the second while taking a commanding 24-10 advantage into the halftime break.

While the Vikings dis score 25 points in the final two quarters, Thomas More Prep added 36 as they cruised to their 25-point victory.

Smoky Valley had trouble finding their offense as they shot just 14-percent from the field in the first half and only 27-percent for the game, while Thomas More Prep dominated the paint by out rebounding the Vikings 32-18.

Chris Mullen was the leading scorer for the Vikings with eight points, while Cade Schneider, Konrad Peterson and Cole Brumbaugh each had five.

With the loss, Smoky Valley finished the season 8-13.

Wildcats drop heartbreaker

EL DORADO – In an attempt to make a run into the Class 1A state tournament, the Moundridge boys basketball team instead lost a two-point, 39-37, heartbreaker to Caldwell on Saturday in their Class 1A sub-state championship game.

Neither team could muster much offense in the game as Caldwell held a two-point, 16-14 advantage when the two teams headed into their halftime break.

While Caldwell stretched their lead out to six at 29-23 heading into the final eight minutes of play, the Wildcats did not back off and played their way back into the game enough to take a one-point, 34-33 lead with right at two minutes left to play. Unfortunately for Moundridge, Caldwell snagged a turnover and raced down for a game winning basket with just a few seconds left in the game.

The loss left the Wildcats with an overall record of 14-9 for the 2018-19 season.

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