Furious rally not enough for Lions at Westview

TOPEKA — Bremen played its best quarter of the season in Saturday’s Class 2A sectional final against host Westview. Unfortunately for the Lions, it couldn’t make up for the first half.
Down 18 points at halftime, Bremen cut Westview’s lead to four in the third quarter. The Lions got no closer, as Justin Jantzi’s 30 points propelled the No. 7 Warriors to a 56-46 victory.
To Bremen coach Kyle Hanyzewski, the competitive loss coupled with Friday’s win over Fairfield showed what the Lions could do with the proper mindset.
“I think coming into a one-and-done situation, the sense of urgency was there right from the start,” Hanyzewski said. “That’s something we’re going to talk about for the future, that there needs to be a sense of urgency in November, not just March. If we can play with (that) and the will to win, I like where we’re headed as a program.”
The victory gave Westview (21-2) its fourth sectional title in six years.
“Westview fans like sectional trophies,” Westview coach Rob Yoder said. “I wish we would’ve played a little better in the second half, but we are very happy to win a sectional and have a chance to play in the regional.”
An explosive start by Westview appeared to put the game out of reach early.
After Jacob Box hit a 3-pointer to give Bremen (4-18) a 5-2 lead, the Lions didn’t make another shot from the field for almost 10 minutes. While Janzti had 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting in the first half, Bremen shot just 5-of-24 and had 10 turnovers in digging a 32-14 halftime hole.
What happened over the first seven minutes of the third quarter put Westview’s large fan base in a state of shock. Ethan Pike had eight points and Ben Hueni added four as Bremen went on a 14-0 streak to cut Westview’s lead to 32-28.
“They played about as hard as anybody I’ve seen during that stretch,” Hanyzewski said. “I’d be hard-pressed to find another team that holds Westview scoreless for seven minutes, let alone hold them scoreless for seven minutes when you’re down 18.”
Yoder complimented Bremen on its resolve.
“They didn’t have any quit, kept playing and made plays,” Yoder said. “They deserve credit for coming back like that.”
Westview responded with a 9-2 spurt to go up 41-30 going into the fourth quarter. A 3-pointer by Box pulled Bremen to within seven with 5:30 remaining, but Westview always had an answer, including a 9-of-10 rate at the foul line over the final four minutes.
“Credit Westview. We came with everything we had at them and they played so controlled, like they have all year, and got it to the right people and made big buckets,” Hanyzewski said.
Jantzi’s 30 points came on 10-of-16 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 at the charity stripe.
“I’m pretty happy he’s a senior,” Hanyzewski said.
The loss ended the careers of Bremen seniors Ty Holmes, Jesse Glingle, J.J. Schafer and Michael Ricketts.
“Some of them didn’t play a whole lot the last two games, but that didn’t deter them from cheering on their teammates,” Hanyzewski said. “They have the right kind of attitude that I would point to for every future senior.”
Box led Bremen with 14 points, followed by Hueni (11) and Pike (10). Along with Austin Huff, Josh Brenneman and Mitch Huppert, the Lions will have plenty of experience next season.
“I don’t know how you can’t be encouraged by what’s coming up,” Hanyzewski said.
At Topeka
Score by quarters
Westview: 17 32 41 56
Bremen: 7 14 30 46
WESTVIEW (56): Jerry Schwartz 0 0-0 0, Judah Zickafoose 0 0-0 0, Brant Yoder 1 0-0 2, Adrian Brandenberger 0 3-4 3, Jordyn Bontrager 0 1-3 1, Dominique Neely 0 2-3 2, Seth Wagler 3 5-9 12, Kyle Miller 3 0-0 6, Kurt Lambright 0 0-0 0, Justin Jantzi 10 9-10 30, Nick Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 20-29 56.
BREMEN (46): Ben Hueni 4 2-2 11, Ty Holmes 0 0-0 0, Jesse Glingle 0 1-2 1, Ethan Pike 3 3-4 10, Jacob Box 6 0-1 14, Josh Brenneman 1 3-4 5, Tim Zimmer 0 0-0 0, J.J. Schafer 0 0-1 0, Austin Huff 2 1-3 5, Michael Ricketts 0 0-0 0, Dillion Mullen 0 0-2 0, Mitch Huppert 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 10-19 46.
3-point goals: Westview 2 (Wagler, Jantzi), Bremen 4 (Box 2); Rebounds: Westview 22 (Yoder, Jantzi 5), Bremen 23 (Hueni, Box 5); Turnovers: Westview 11, Bremen 13; Fouls: Westview 21, Bremen 21; Records: Westview 21-2, Bremen 4-18.