SENECA — The Lamar Tigers made their decisive 16-2 run in the second quarter Friday night during a 72-63 win over the host Seneca Indians in the Class 3, District 12 semifinals.

SENECA — The Lamar Tigers made their decisive 16-2 run in the second quarter Friday night during a 72-63 win over the host Seneca Indians in the Class 3, District 12 semifinals.
Lamar went from trailing 17-16 to ahead 32-19 after Luke Hardman scored his sixth and seventh points of the game. The Tigers used 10-0 and 6-0 runs during that larger 16-2 run.
After that, the game seemed to be on a perpetual shift ranging from six-point to 11-point leads for the No. 1 seed Tigers.
Lamar played Mount Vernon for the title Saturday night. The Mountaineers defeated Butler 71-62 in the late game Friday night to set up a district title doubleheader between Lamar and Mount Vernon, with their respective girls’ teams playing the opener at 6 p.m. Saturday.
On Friday night, nearly five Lamar players reached double figures — Trey Mooney led the way with 18 points, Ian Moore added 15, Sam Timmons 13, Michael Danner 10 and Luke Hardman nine. Anthony Wilkerson and Matthew Whyman rounded out the scoring with five and two points.
Meanwhile, Seneca senior Spencer Brattin scored a game-high 25 points and he fittingly closed out Seneca’s scoring with a late field goal around the basket. Brattin scored 19 points after halftime, with 11 in the fourth quarter. In fact, he netted seven points in the first 1 minute, 42 seconds of the fourth quarter to draw the Indians to 54-48, as close as they could get on Lamar’s lead in the fourth.
Nate Williams and Gavin Dunnam scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, for two other Indians to complement Brattin’s night. Williams scored eight points in the first half and six in the third quarter, fouling out with 2:11 remaining as the toll of guarding Lamar’s Timmons took its toll on both Williams and Brattin. Brattin managed to avoid fouling out, playing with four personals.
Zack Dunnam and Gavin Clouse also fouled out for the Indians, with Dunnam responsible for six points and Clouse five.
Seneca seniors Brattin, Williams, Zack Dunnam, Cameron Nesvold and Skylar Dotson each played their final high school games.
Early on, throughout the first quarter, Seneca and Lamar traded punches, with the teams exchanging the lead five times. Lamar went on a 6-0 run to end the quarter ahead 16-11 — baskets from Wilkerson and a pair from Moore, all around the basket.
Seneca responded with six consecutive points to start the second and the Indians took a 17-16 lead, what turned out to be their final lead of the game. Williams made four straight free throws and Clouse hit a basket.
Then, came that critical 10-0 run for the Tigers that started on a Timmons basket. On the defensive end, Timmons stepped in and took a player control foul from Williams on the subsequent Seneca possession. On the offensive end, Danner hit a trifecta and Lamar led 21-17. Big man Gavin Dunnam attacked the basket with a sea of Lamar defenders around No. 35, and Hardman — a signee for both football and track & field at Pittsburg State (Kansas) — came in to block Dunnam’s shot, beginning a sequence that led to a Timmons basket on the offensive end. Hardman ended the run with his trey and Lamar led 26-17.
Another 6-0 burst after Seneca ended the 10-0 run put Lamar ahead 32-19. Brattin scored the only four points for Seneca after its 17-16 lead, Seneca taking a 32-21 deficit into halftime.
Seneca outscored Lamar 20-18 in the third quarter, meaning Lamar took a 50-41 lead into the fourth.
The fourth became a free-throw shooting competition, since the Indians entered the double bonus early in the fourth and the Tigers were to become frequent guests at the line with Seneca playing in proverbial catch-up mode.
In fact, the teams combined for 40 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, bogging down what had been a briskly-paced game for the first three quarters.

LAMAR 72, SENECA 63
Seneca          11 10 20 22 — 63
Lamar            16 16 18 22 — 72
SENECA — Spencer Brattin 25, Nate Williams 14, Gavin Dunnam 10, Zack Dunnam 6, Gavin Clouse 5, Cameron Nesvold 3.
LAMAR — Trey Mooney 18, Ian Moore 15, Sam Timmons 13, Michael Danner 10, Luke Hardman 9, Anthony Wilkerson 5, Matthew Whyman 2.