The Turner Golden Bears came back from an early deficit to win their first victory of the season against the Sumner Academy Sabres, 58-50, on Friday night at Sumner.
The Sabres scored the contest’s first 9 points, and Turner couldn’t get its offense into gear in the first quarter. Sumner got 6 points each from Kyun Jackson and Xavier Wallace to post a 17-9 first-quarter lead.
The Bears made their move in the second quarter, getting key baskets from Cedric Bates and Arnaldo Silvestre, and finally taking a lead with three minutes remaining. Turner went to halftime with a 29-27 lead.
The teams slugged it out in the third quarter, with neither being able to get much of an advantage. When it looked as if Sumner might pull ahead again, Silvestre and Jalen Nelson hit back-to-back three-point shots to regain the lead.
Turner hit the gas in the fourth quarter, moving out to a 17-point lead with Bates’s size and strength in the paint making a key difference. Sumner’s Jackson performed some late-game heroics to narrow the gap to 8 at the buzzer.
Jalen Nelson led the Bears in scoring with 16 points, including four-of-four free throws in the fourth quarter. Bates added 13. Jackson led all scorers with 21 points for Sumner, 11 in the fourth quarter.
The win gives the Bears some momentum going into Tuesday’s match against the Bishop Ward Cyclones. Sumner will play at Harmon on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Over two hundred wrestlers from Kansas and Iowa competed in the Bobcat Classic Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday, including teams from Bonner Springs, Piper and Turner.
Piper’s Branden Martin won the championship in the 182-pound weight class, while classmates La’James White and Anthony Ferguson won second in the 160- and 170-pound classes. Martin remains undefeated this season with 17 wins and is the top-ranked wrestler in his class in the 4A division.
Cassius Vanderpool of Bonner Springs took third in the 126-pound class, and Trevor Andrew took fourth in the 106-pound class.
Bonner Springs took sixth in the team competition. Piper placed eighth and Turner 15th out of 23 teams.
A Turner Middle School student was taken to a hospital by ambulance after being hit by a vehicle at 2:35 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in the 800 block of South 55th Street, according to a social media post by the Turner School District.
The accident was described in a Turner district social media post. The 13-year-0ld was on foot when the accident occurred at a distance from the school.
Kansas City, Kansas, police stated the accident occurred in the south 5500 block of Osage Avenue. An initial investigation showed the driver of a dark-colored vehicle, traveling on South 55th Street, struck a 13-year-old who was attempting to cross the street, police stated.
The 13-year-old had non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. The driver of the vehicle fled but was later taken into custody, police stated.
Anyone with information may call the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department at 913-596-3000 or call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.