|PC boys earn split for the weekend|
By Larry Pritchett
The PCHS Plainsmen returned home to host the high rated Wauneta-Palisade Broncos on Friday night but couldn’t duplicate their come-from-behind win at Imperial the night before.
The Broncos started very quickly and jumped to a 5-0 lead on the Plainsmen before a Michael York jumper got the Plainsmen on the board with 4:14 left in the first quarter. After the ice was broken Perkins County played pretty good defense and went on a 10 to zero run before WaPa hit a bucket late in the quarter to pull to within two, 10-8 at the end of the first quarter.
From that moment on, the wheels came off the Plainsman covered wagon and WaPa went on a big 16-4 run in the second quarter to finish the half and the Broncos had taken a 24-14 lead into the locker room.
The Broncos keep the defensive pressure up and the Plainsmen struggled to find a way to beat the WaPa press. They found themselves down 44-26 at the end of the third quarter.
The Plainsmen’s efforts were hampered by numerous turnovers that led to Wauneta-Palisade being able to get easy baskets on steals and uncontested layups.
The pressure continued to plague the Plainsmen for the remainder of the game. The Plainsmen nearly matched the Broncos’ output in the fourth quarter as they scored 18 to the Broncos 19 but the damage had been done.
The Broncos had numerous drives to the basket for easy shots and also went 19 for 29 from the foul line to make the final score 63-44. The Plainsmen committed 26 turnovers in the game and many of those led to the easy baskets that helped the Bronco run during the second and third quarter.
Leading the way for the Plainsmen was Michael York who hit for 21 points and picked up 13 rebounds as he gained more game time minutes in coming back from a hand injury suffered in between football and basketball season.
No other Plainsmen got into double figures.
Drew Harris had 29 for the Broncos and he had excellent help from Chris Bartels with 18 and Ricky Martin with 10.
The loss moved the Plainsmen boys to 3-10 with their next action being at the SPVA tournament held this week in North Platte at the North Platte Community College.
Perkins County Box Score:
Michael York 8-1-2-2-3 21
Jake Sexson 0-3-0-0-3 9
Tyler Brott 2-0-0-0-1 4
Quinton Hite 1-0-1-2-1 3
Jeremy Hagan 1-0-1-2-3 3
Auston Gaston 0-0-2-4-4 2
Alex Johnston 0-0-2-2-4 2
Perkins Co. 44, Wa/Pa 59
PCHS 10-4-12-18 44
Wa/Pa 8-16-18-17 59