Hickman boys bow out early

Friday, December 29, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:10 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Hickman boys basketball team won’t be bringing a trophy home from the Neosho Holiday classic this year.

Poor free-throw shooting and a bad second quarter led to a Hickman (5-5) loss to No. 4 seed Kansas City Ruskin 63-48 Thursday.

The best that the No. 5 seed Kewpies (5-5) can finish in the 16-team tournament is fifth.

Hickman led early 16-14, but was outscored 19-7 in the second quarter. The Kewpies would never regain the lead.

Ruskin shot 81 percent from the free-throw line, making 13-of-16. Hickman was 6-for-13 from the line. The Kewpies made only 7-of-18 Wednesday.

The Kewpies’ 6-foot-4 senior Byron Bundy led Hickman with 13 points. Senior forward Ben Dierkes added 10 points.

Ruskin Junior guard Milton Garner and 6-foot-6 senior Michael Craion combined for 38 points against the Kewpies.

Hickman 6-foot-6 junior Tyler Stevens did not play after suffering a right ankle sprain during Wednesday’s first-round game. He is not expected to play in the Kewpies’ next game against No. 8 Springdale at 12 p.m. today.

— Caleb Riggs

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