By Tim Linscott
A sluggish start against Cambridge on Feb. 7 led to a loss for the Perkins County boys basketball team.
Cambridge led 20-2 after one period and outscored the Plainsmen 23-10 in the second quarter to take a commanding 43-12 lead into the half.
PCS head boys basketball coach Shawn Cole explained that the game came down to execution and hustle.
“When you get out worked, makes games hard to win,” Cole said, adding that the team has an overall goal of improving each game in all aspects of the game. “(We want to) get better. Do the fundamentals that they are taught in practice everyday, during the games.”
Rebounding has also been an issue for the Plainsmen as of late.
“Rebounding has been a problem for the last few games. We are giving up too many offensive rebounds,” Cole said.
The Plainsmen were overall barely out-rebounded by the Trojans, 24-21, however, Cambridge held a 12-5 offensive board advantage.
Derek Sis led PCS on offense with nine points. He also had one assist and one rebound in the contest.
Chase Miyamoto pitched in seven points for PCS and had one steal and one assist while Christian White tacked on six points, one assist and four rebounds.
Tim Johnson led the team in rebounding with nine and assists with five and also had one steal, two blocks and five points.
Matt Sestak had three points, one steal, one rebound. Zak Kurkowski ended the night with three rebounds, two blocks and Miles Lagler added two boards and one point.
Tyler Thelander had two points and one assist.
PCS vs. Cozad
The Plainsmen hosted the Haymakers on Feb. 8 and the game was hotly contested throughout the first quarter.
PCS was down 15-10, but Cozad opened up the offense in the second quarter to establish a lead.
Cozad outscored PCS 18-4 to take a 33-14 lead into the half.
PCS was able to amplify its offense in the third quarter, scoring 17 points, however, gave up 27 to the Haymakers, who were hitting from three-point range effectively.
The Haymakers were 6 of 19 from behind the three-point line.
Cozad led 60-31 after three periods.
Johnson led PCS on offense with 10 points. He also contributed one block, one steal, three assists (team high) and five rebounds (team high).
Sis had seven points, one steal, one assist and three rebounds. White had seven points and two rebounds.
Miyamoto finished the game with five points, one steal, two assists and three rebounds while Sestak had four points, one steal and two rebounds.
Kurkowski had two points, one steal, two assists and three rebounds. Sean Sando had one board against Cozad.
A bright spot for Cole heading down the stretch of the season has been the ability to play multiple lineups.
“We are playing a lot of kids. We are able to get kids experience for the next few years,” Cole said.
The Plainsmen next face Hayes Center Feb. 13 (tonight) on the road before returning home for the final home game of the season against Hershey.