Mason McDow came up with eight big points and an assist and helped Paola rally past Winfield 51-48, overcoming a 28-point performance by William Adler.
Paola, 17-6, advanced to the Class 4A semifinals to take on McPherson at 8:15 p.m. on Friday. Winfield ended its season at 14-9.
The Panthers trailed most of the night before McDow, a 6-7 sophomore, hit consecutive three-pointers and drilled a pass to teammate Alex Wilson for a layup to help give Paola its first lead of the half, 37-36, with 57 seconds left in the third quarter.
McDow followed with a traditional three-point play early in the final stanza to put his team up 44-39.
McDow sealed the win by hitting a pair of free throws with 4.5 seconds left and then intercepting Winfield’s full court-pass to Adler for a final shot.
McDow finished with 20 points and eight boards and got support from Justin Criddle with 13. Adler’s 28 left him the only Viking with more than seven points.El Dorado 66, Basehor-Linwood 60
Whether El Dorado was supposed to even be in the state tournament had some wondering. On Thursday afternoon, the sixth-seeded Wildcats, a third-place finisher in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League knocked off third-seeded Basehor-Linwood and advanced to the semifinals against Topeka Hayden.
El Dorado is 14-9, while Basehor-Linwood finished 19-4.
The Bobcats controlled the first half but El Dorado was able hang with them shooting better than 62 percent from the field.
When Travis House scored six straight points on a three-pointer and a traditional three-point play with 5:10 left in the final period to put his team up 51-48, the Wildcats never trailed again.
“I thought (Basehor-Linwood) was a little more athletic that we were,” said El Dorado coach Gary Melcher.
“I’m not very smart but I thought spreading the floor (and running clock) might be the best thing to do.”
Once El Dorado spread the floor, the Wildcats were able to milk the clock and make a steady parade to the free throw line.
In the final four minutes, El Dorado was 11 of 12 at the stripe, and was 24 of 30 for the game.
House finished with 23 points including 10 for 10 at the line. Jared Haury scored 19 and Alec Hildreth 10. Patrick Muldoon led the Bobcats with 16. Tim Sanders added 13 and James Downing 10.McPherson 53, Sumner Academy 38
For a half, Sumner had no answer for McPherson’s 2-1-2 zone defense as the Bullpups ran out to a 30-9 lead at intermission.
But Sumner opened the second half on a 9-0 run to make things interesting, and cut the deficit to single digits, 35-27, with 1:49 left in the third quarter.
But midway through the final period McPherson coach Kurt Kinnamon ordered his team into a full four-corner delay and the Pups pulled away, converting 17 of 20 foul shots down the stretch.
McPherson, the tournament’s No. 1 seed will take a 21-1 record into the semifinals while Sumner closed its season at 10-13.
Both teams committed 15 turnovers, but McPherson was able to convert Sumner’s into 22 points while Sumner scored only nine.
Kyler Kinnamon led the Bullpups with 14 points and dished out five assists. Spencer Wine came off the bench to score 10. Derek Sykes led the Sabres