Phillipsburg 67, TMP 44
HUTCHINSON, Kan.-It was a first quarter battle between Mid Continent League rivals as TMP and Phillipsburg tangled in the quarterfinals of the 3A State Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson. It was a back and fourth game with TMP leadin by four points midway through the first quarter. The Panthers would answer and eventually tie the game at nine. Phillipsburg would flex their muscles and score 11 of the last 14 points to take a 20-12 lead after one quarter.
The Panthers would not let up in the second quarter. They scored the first five points of quarter and never looked back leading 45-26 at halftime. The Panthers slowed things up on TMP in the third quarter with a big lead and cruised in the second half to the 67-44 win.
Michael Lager was the only Monarch in double figures with 11 points. TMP finishes their season at 17-6. Phillipsburg had three in double figures led by Trey Sides with 15, Jordan Ford 14 and Ty Sides 10. The Panthers improve to 22-1 on the year and will face the Cheney/Perry Lecompton winner at 8:15pm on Friday night.
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