first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The South Haven Cardinals qualified for the state championship game in Class 1A Division 1 for the second time in three years with a 65-60 victory over Stockton Friday afternoon at White Auditorium in Emporia.Now South Haven plays for the marbles as the 10 seniors thought they should when the Cards battle St. John Hudson at 6:15 p.m. Saturday night. St. John-Hudson beat Centralia 61-56.“We have one more to go” said Darren McDorman, South Haven head boys basketball coach. “I told the kids, we aren’t finishing second again.” For the second straight game, South Haven fell behind in the third quarter only to seize momentum and score 20-plus points in the fourth. Still, South Haven was unable to secure the win until that final minute.South Haven came up against a team who was taller but not as deep. Justin Wiltfong, a 6-4 sophomore beast inside, scored 18 points in its first round game against Hoxie. But the Cardinals held him to just 7 points Friday, and more importantly knocked him out of the game with slightly less than five minutes to play.James Moreland scored 3 points in the game, but those points couldn’t have come at a more important moment. He penetrated the lane and laid in a sweet banker drawing Wiltfong’s fifth foul. He hit a free throw thereafter and although up by a mere two, South Haven was in business.“I think once the big guy fouled out, they realized it was going to be very tough hill to climb,” McDorman said. “Andrew Lowe did a great job guarding him all game.”Stockton was a tough team to defend. South Haven couldn’t zone out Wiltfong, because the Tigers had too many shooters on the outside.“We went into the zone one time just to switch it up,” McDorman said. “But if we were going to win this game we had to play man-to-man. That was tough considering they had a couple of 6-6 players and our tallest player is at 6-3.There was little separation between these two teams all game. South Haven would maintain a minute lead throughout the first half, holding a 15-11 first-quarter advantage and a 27-23 halftime lead.South Haven got off to a bad start to start the third, and saw Stockton take its first lead since the wee minutes of the first quarter 31-28. But Showman would respond with seven consecutive points including a 3-pointer, two free throws and a steal and layup to put the Cards back in front 35-31.South Haven then would open up a 42-36 advantage only to see Stockton round out the quarter outscoring the Cards 7-1.In the final stanza, the two teams traded baskets in the first four minutes to make it 53-all. After Wiltfong fouled out, Stockton went 1-of-4 on free throws on its next two possessions. South Haven eventually took a 57-54 lead.After winding down nearly a minute of the clock, Hunter Ray was fouled and sent to the line with 1:59 to play. He sank both and South Haven had its biggest lead of the half at 59-54.But Stockton scored a six-footer on the other end, and when Showman had a rare miss on a layup, the Tigers were just down by three with about a minute to play with the ball.That’s when Stockton’s Koby Beougher was called with a charge and fouled out with 57.8 seconds to play. Stockton sent Showman to the line and the senior, who hasn’t missed a free throw all state tournament would up the lead back to five.The Tigers would immediately throw the ball away on their next possession. And Ray was the next to go to the line. He hit both to give South Haven its biggest lead of the game, 61-54. This game was history.South Haven ended up getting 21 points from Showman. Bryce Byers had 15 and Lane Cully 12. 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