RIVERTON — Again the Riverton Rams had trouble closing the door in the fourth quarter. Playing in the first round of the 3A state playoffs at home, the No. 1 seed Rams led No. 8 Southeast 35-27 after three quarters. But pulled off a 47-40 win to advance.
At the 6:10 mark in the fourth quarter , Riverton had a 37-31 advantage. Two minutes later, on two free throws by the Lancer’s Aaron Lake put Cherokee back in the game down 39-38.
On two possessions, the Rams’ Greyson Spriggs completed 3-of-4 free throws to finish with 12 points to put Riverton up 44-38. With 39 seconds left, Cherokee’s Sergio Ascanio canned a field goal to put the Lancers down by four. The Rams’ Hunter Deckard added a free throw and Chandler Underhill added two charity tosses to put the game on ice 47-40.
Riverton shot only 13-of-45 from the field with 0-10 from the three point range. They were 19-of-28 from the line. Additional scoring was from Landon North with 12, Underhill with 9, Jacob Qualls 6, Dylan Weaver 5 and Deckard 3.
The Rams now move on to Erie Thursday night to play No. 4 seed St. Mary’s-Colgan. Colgan handed Riverton their second loss of the season 55-41 in their only match-up on February 17th. Colgan defeated Frontenac in their opening game 50-36 scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter after leading only 28-26 after three quarters.
Also on tap in Erie will be No. 2 Caney and No. 3 Galena. Caney defeated Erie 52-41 and Galena won in double overtime 69-65 against Cherryvale in their opening games. The two winners will play Saturday at 7 p.m. to advance to Hutchinson for the state championship.