WELLINGTON — The Dukes gymnasium was full of No. 13 jerseys in honor of Andrew Guyer on Friday night.
Keystone and Wellington came together as one to honor Guyer, a McCormick Middle School (Wellington) student who died unexpectedly Tuesday, to play an emotional Patriot Athletic Conference game with the Wildcats coming out on top, 59-48.
Matt Bastock led the Wildcats (5-3, 3-1 PAC) with a game-high 26 points, including 14 in the second half. He was a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line, and only missed five shots from the field the entire game. He played the game with a heavy heart and was saddened by the loss of Guyer.
“Tonight was about a lot more than a basketball game,” Bastock said. “We wanted to come out and compete, but it wasn’t the same. It was a very emotional game. Before the game was really tough, just seeing how upset everyone was. I didn’t personally know him, but I was in tears. Hugging his parents before the game was very emotional for me.”
Despite turning the ball over nine times in the first half, Wellington found itself down only five points to end the first quarter. CJ Conrad (five points) and Bastock (four points) led the Wildcats, while Adam Berry led the Dukes with four.
Keystone took control in the second quarter, fueled by Bastock, who scored eight more, including a pair of three-point plays. Jacob Miller also notched a three-point play as the Wildcats outscored the Dukes 17-10 to go into halftime with a 30-18 lead.
“It was a tough night, emotional all around,” Wellington coach Dan Gundert said. “Drew was a part of our family. It was tough for us. I couldn’t be any more proud of my guys. They really held their emotions in check and battled with a good Keystone team. We really pulled together as a family.”
Wellington (1-7, 0-4) got inspired play from Dylan Kidd, who scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. Berry also added 11 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
“It was really tough, but we came together as a team and a community,” Kidd said. “We’re one big family. We wanted to put on a good show for the crowd. It was tough we couldn’t get it done. We had each other’s back. We were there for each other. We didn’t let each other get down, and if we did, we picked each other up.”
Wellington outscored Keystone 14-10 in the third quarter and trailed Keystone by eight entering the fourth quarter. The Dukes closed out the quarter on an 8-2 run, thanks to six points by Kidd and a JuJuan Howard field goal to close it out.
The Wildcats used the decisive quarter to pull away, fueled by Bastock’s 11 and Conrad’s four. Wellington wasn’t able to get any closer than nine in the fourth. Keystone closed the game out on a 9-2 run before Kidd finished with a 3-pointer that ended the game and a night of emotions.
“It was a tough week for all these kids, especially over at Wellington,” Keystone coach Jeff Holzhauer said. “We didn’t really know what to expect when you come over after something like that happens. I was very impressed with how hard Wellington played. They played with passion and really got after it. They really posed a challenge for us tonight.”
Before the game, there was a moment of silence after coaches from both teams presented No. 13 jerseys from both schools and a Kansas jersey to the parents of Guyer. Also included in the ceremony was a letter written by Kansas head coach Bill Self, who was touched to hear about Guyer’s love for the Jayhawks.
Keystone 59, Wellington 48
KEYSTONE (59): CJ Conrad 4-3-11, Austin Conrad 0-3-3, KJ Williams 2-3-7, Matt Bastock 9-7-26, Brandon Kuhl 0-0-0, Collin Fitzgerald 2-3-7, Jacob Miller 2-1-5. Totals 19-20-59.
WELLINGTON (48): Dylan Kidd 5-11-22, JuJuan Howard 1-0-2, Joey Holliday 1-1-3, Adam Berry 4-2-11, Daryn Broadwater 0-0-0, Trey Bealer 1-0-2, Bryce Gibbs 1-0-2, Chase Bealer 1-2-4, Matt Bullock 1-0-2. Totals 15-16-48.
Keystone 13 17 10 19 — 59
Wellington 8 10 14 16 — 48
Three-point goals: Keystone (Bastock); Wellington (Kidd, Berry). Field goals: Keystone 19-43 (44 percent); Wellington 15-41 (37 percent); Free throws: Keystone 20-29 (69 percent); Wellington 16-26 (62 percent); Rebounds: Keystone 28; Wellington 32; Turnovers: Keystone 19, Wellington 24.