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Koester Leads Chanute to Sub-State Win

Koester Leads Chanute to Sub-State Win

On Tuesday, the Chanute Blue Comets boys basketball team hosted the Indy Bulldogs in the first round of Sub-State. Chanute took their 6th straight win 38-35 behind 17 points from Kam Koester. Easton Ewing led the Bulldogs with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

“The guys just hung in there. It was a tough game offensively for us; we were just able to battle through it and hit shots at the end to seal it,” Chanute’s head coach Devon Crabtree said.

The game was not high in scoring but was close through and through. Indy led 14-12 after the first quarter, with Ewing scoring 7 in the period. 

“We were trying to get guys going at [Ewing] full-speed because he’s not a guy who’s going to take a charge very often,” Crabtree said, “We tried to put some pressure on the officials instead of pulling up, jump stopping, faking, and trying to shoot it over him because that’s not going to work, clearly.”

Indy outscored Chanute 9-7 in the second, giving the Bulldogs a 23-19 lead at halftime. Koester only scored four in the first half. 

In the third quarter, both teams combined for four points. Then in the 4th Chanute finally took the lead behind 13 points from Koester, who converted a 3-point play to take the lead and hit the game-icing free throws.

Chanute had a rough shooting game all night. They shot 10/39 from the field and 3/16 from the three-point line.

“[I want them] to keep shooting. As you’ve seen all year, I like to let our kids play, learn how to play with each other and how to go with the flow instead of running set after set,” Crabtree said, “I told the guys to keep playing and keep shooting and I thought they did a good job of not just settling early, but still trying to get in the paint and not be scared of the big kid in there.”

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