Buffaloes come up short

Elm Creek's first appearance at the boys state basketball tournament in ten years was a short one as the Buffaloes lost in the Class D1 state quarterfinals to Randolph 41-39 Thursday morning. The day started well for Elm Creek who jumped out to a 5-0 lead and led 15-9 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, with four minutes left the Buffaloes led 23-15. Randolph however finished up the first half on an 8-0 run as foul trouble forced the Buffaloes to go to the bench. Randolph had the game tied at 23. Randolph would then score the first 6 of the second half and would lead 29-23. Elm Creek came back and tied the game at 29 on back to back three pointers by Zach Johnson and Austin Fraser, but that would be the last tie of the game, as Randolph would respond with 6 nothing run.

In the fourth quarter, Elm Creek had numerous chances to take the lead but never could get the big shot they were looking for. The Buffaloes who normally are a very good free throw shooting team hit just 4-11 on the day. Nic Crowley led the Buffaloes with 12 points, Johnson had 10. Randolph was paced by Garrett Watters who scored 18. For Elm Creek it ends one of the best year's in school history as they finish at 20-4. That also included the regular season and FKC tournament championships. Randolph is now 21-4 on the season and plays in the state semis against Clearwater/Orchard.

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