William Chrisman boys basketball coach John Vickers and senior guard Carter Martin knew the reason behind Chrisman’s meltdown Tuesday morning against Class 3 No. 3 Hogan Prep: The Bears quit doing what had been working.

William Chrisman boys basketball coach John Vickers and senior guard Carter Martin knew the reason behind Chrisman’s meltdown Tuesday morning against Class 3 No. 3 Hogan Prep: The Bears quit doing what had been working.

Chrisman led three times early in the first quarter of the William Jewell Holiday Classic meeting and trailed 18-10 at quarter’s end. But then, the Bears were outscored 27-11 the second quarter. Their deficit continued to widen until they fell to the defending Class 3 state champions 74-35.

 “We were patient (early),” Vickers said after the Nelson Division defeat at the Mabee Center at William Jewell College. “We weren’t turning the ball over and we were attacking the basket, and we were getting back (on defense). And then, we kind of lost all sense of that after the first quarter.”

Martin noticed the Bears (2-6) losing their way about midway through the second quarter.
“We weren’t doing our fundamentals,” he said.

By contrast, the second-seeded Rams continued to execute, particularly on offense. Sparked by their transition game and speed, they repeatedly scored on layups and dunks to go 33 for 48 from the field (68.8 percent). Chrisman made 10 of 32 field goals (31.3 percent).
“They had a lot of quick guys,” Martin said.

But speed isn’t Hogan’s only strength, according to Vickers, who called the Rams “the most talented team we’ve seen” this season.

“They are very well-rounded,” Vickers said. “They can get to the hole. They can shoot it. Defensively, they can put pressure on you. They’re long.”

“They were even missing a guy today, too (sophomore guard Amaad Wainright),” he added. “So they’ve got depth. They play together. (They’re) just a really good team.”

Maurice Mason, Broderick Newbill and Antoine Stanley compensated for Wainright’s absence by each scoring in double figures. Mason paced the Rams with 16 points, followed by Newbill with 15 and Stanley with 14.

Chrisman had no players in double figures. Alex Ball led the Bears with nine points, followed by Joey Williams with eight.

The Bears will continue tournament play at 1:30 p.m. today at Jewell in the Nelson Division consolation semifinals against O’Hara, which lost to Lincoln Prep Tuesday morning. Hogan will face Lincoln Prep at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.