The St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers were left wondering what could have been.
Empty possessions in crunch time plagued the Panthers in their final two contests of the Kansas Class 2A state boys basketball tournament this past weekend in Hays, Kansas.
As a result, the Panthers settled for fourth place.
“We played against two excellent teams, and we were within a possession or two of winning either of the games we lost,” longtime St. Mary’s Colgan coach Wayne Cichon said.
St. Mary’s Colgan suffered a 60-56 overtime loss to Inman on Saturday in the third place game at Gross Memorial Coliseum on the campus of Fort Hays State University.
After forcing overtime, the Panthers never led in the extra session.
In the semifinal round, Hutchinson-Trinity Catholic edged Colgan 36-31 to advance to the championship game.
In that one, the Panthers trailed by two with just under five minutes remaining when the Celtics used a 6-0 run to gain some separation.
The Panthers simply had a scoring drought at the worst possible time.
“We just didn’t get it done in the halfcourt like we wanted to,” Cichon said of both setbacks. “We just missed some shots. But we had an opportunity to win either game late.
“You can’t ask for any more than that. It boiled down to who can get it done at the end of the game, and unfortunately for us, we were unable to do that.”
After winning a sub-state title in Arma, the Panthers defeated McLouth 48-41 in the quarterfinals.
Colgan’s starting lineup featured seniors Whit Dungan, Aaron Higginbotham, Cal Marquardt, Dalton VanBecelaere and Matthew Lomshek. Junior Andrew Lomshek was the sixth man.
The Panthers finished the season with a record of 20-5.
“I was really pleased with what we did,” Cichon said of the season.