Braves win 91-73 over Piper

Piper junior Trey Bates (11) drove the lane for a layup. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Bonner Springs boys basketball team went home from Piper High School on Friday night with a 91-73 win and sole possession of first place in the league. Fans of both teams packed the gym and contributed to a festive game day atmosphere.

Piper’s perimeter defense was fast enough to limit Bonner’s usual dribble drive penetration, so Bonner went to work elsewhere, with Joshua Williams finding opportunities in the paint and Cole Oakes scoring from long range.

Bonner Springs held the lead from the start and built an 8-point advantage in the first quarter, with Trey Bates alone scoring Piper’s 12 first-quarter points. The Braves extended their lead to 15 at the half, aided by two three-pointers from Oakes.

Keyon Thomas got freed up in the third quarter, posting 12 points on a combination of inside and outside scoring. Down by 23 at the end of the third quarter, Piper made a run in the fourth quarter, but not enough to close the large gap.

Thomas and Williams led the Braves with 24 points each. Thomas was perfect on his 10 free throw attempts. Oakes added 14 points, including three three-pointers in the first half. Brothers Trey and Tamar Bates led the Pirates, older brother Trey with 21 points and Tamar with 19.

Bonner Springs improved its record to 8-0 in the Kaw Valley League, one game ahead of second place Basehor-Linwood. The Braves will play host to the Bishop Ward Cyclones at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Piper drops to 6-3, good for third in the league. They will meet the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Piper.

Bonner senior Joshua Williams (21) challenged Piper junior Braijion Barnes (4) for a rebound. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bonner junior A.J. Watson (1) tried to dribble around Piper junior Trey Bates (11). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

A.J. Watson attempted a short jumper in the lane over Piper junior Brandan Jackson (21). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bonner senior Caden Henleyt (5) looked to drive the ball inside against Piper senior Bryce Yoder (30). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Piper senior Daviance “Doc” Covington (1) tried to match Bonner junior Keyon Thomas (23) stride for stride. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Caden Henley went up for a layup. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Doc Covington escorted team manager Emma Golden as they were both announced as candidates for courtwarming king and queen. Covington was later announced as king. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

The Piper cheerleaders, in the background, reacted very enthusiastically when senior cheerleader Sophia Frick was announced as the courtwarming queen. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bryce Yoder pulled down a defensive rebound. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Piper freshman Tamar Bates (12) put back a rebound. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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