Brian and Shane Class 3A State BB Tournament Hutchinson 3/1982
Plainsmen fall In the only other boys' game involving involving an area team, the Oakley Plainsmen Plainsmen watched a lead they held the entire entire game evaporate in the closing minutes minutes before dropping a 44-41 decision to Yates Center. Yates Center displayed one of the most impatient offenses ever to hit a basketball court, but the Wildcats somehow managed to come back and win. Despite injuries to two key players, Oakley was on top from the start and retained its lead until the 2:31 mark of the fourth quarter when Brian Simmers Simmers hit a pair of charities to give Yates Center a 40-39 edge. Shoot-em' up Simmers and his back- court mate Shane Laidlaw combined to put up 52 shots. But the Wildcat guards connected just five times each. The Yates Center strategy was to put the ball in the air as quick as possible and hope for the best. The Wildcats' backcourt tandem tossed up 17 more shots than the entire Oakley squad. Chris Newton nailed a couple of free throws with 12 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 42-39 lead. Tim Hubert rebounded rebounded his own shot and scored with three seconds remaining to cut the Yates Center lead to one, 42-41. Laidlaw then sank two more free throws with one second showing on the clock to account for the final score. Oakley's leading scorer, John Kuh- Iman, was hampered with a dislocated shoulder and was ineffective, while guard Kyle Hemmert was slowed with a broken thumb. Hubert and Brian Rose each scored 12 points to pace Oakley, which ended the season with a 20-3 record.