(Harlan) Kuemper Catholic sweeps the regular season series against Harlan with a 45-39 win.
The game lived up to all of the hype going in with each team taking turns leading in the first quarter. Chase Rupiper scored 9 of his game high 16 in the opening eight minutes as Kuemper Catholic led 12-10 after the first. Kuemper never trailed through the 2nd and 3rd quarters holding leads of 23-21 at halftime and and 32-30 through three. The Knights largest lead was six, but more often than not it was a one possession game. Harlan only led on one occasion outside of the first quarter, a 33-32 lead early in the fourth, but on the following possession Kuemper pounded the ball inside to Sam Brincks to reclaim the advantage. Brincks scored 11 of his 15 in the second half. Harlan had an opportunity to tie the game up or go for a quick two with 18 seconds left, but Kuemper forced a steal and Harlan never got closer the rest of the way. The win for Kuemper Catholic puts the Knights at 12-3 overall. Beating Harlan on the road while also bouncing back from a loss to Creston was big, but coach Tyler Edwards says the biggest thing about the win is it gives his team a chance to win a conference title.
For Harlan they drop to 14-2 on the season. Trey Lansman's 15 points led the Cyclones who were without senior point guard Adam Juhl. Juhl suffered a torn meniscus in practice this week. Harlan coach Mitch Osborn says his team was likely a Class 3A favorite statewide at the start of the year but now that changes considerably.
Harlan will find out more about Juhl's status for the remainder of the season on Tuesday.
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Click here for the postgame with Kuemper senior Chase Rupiper