Chase Co. edges out PC in SPVA opener
By Larry Pritchett
The opening game of the 2011 SPVA boys’ tournament matched two teams that had played just five days prior and the game followed almost the same pattern as the first except this time the Chase County Longhorns held on to a lead and edged the Perkins County boys 36-32.
The game was competitive score-wise, but neither team appeared to be able to sustain any kind of rhythm offensively in any quarter.
The Longhorns jumped out to a 10-3 lead early in the first quarter, but the Plainsmen edged closer by the end of the quarter and trailed by six, 14-8 at the buzzer.
During the second quarter, the Plainsmen could only muster another eight points but stayed in the game because the Longhorns were held to six points. So at the half it was still anyone’s ballgame with the Longhorns leading the Plainsmen 20-16.
The second half was a lesson in futility for both teams as neither could find a way to score with both teams often missing at point blank range with multiple tries in a possession.
The Plainsmen in the third quarter could only hit one field goal in 14 attempts and picked up three points on four free throw attempts.
The Longhorns didn’t have much better luck as they hit for three field goals in 12 attempts and went two for two from the free throw line.
Shooting as poorly as they did, the Plainsmen were never out of the game because the Longhorns were shooting just as poorly at their end of the court.
The fourth quarter didn’t get any better for either team. The Plainsmen hit three for 14 from the field and really lost their best chance at pulling out another win over the Longhorns in the fourth quarter as they did last week by going just 5-11 from the free throw line.
Just to make sure they kept the game exciting, Chase County kept pace by hitting only two of 10 from the field and three out of eight from the free throw line.
The Longhorns missed three free throws in the last 30 seconds to keep the Plainsmen hopes alive right to the very end, but it wasn’t to be this week as the Perkins County team could not convert down the stretch when baskets were needed either from the line or the field.
For the game, Tanner Stromberger led the Longhorns with 10 points and Michael York was high for the Plainsmen with 13.
The loss put the Plainsmen into the game for fifth or sixth place.
They were to play Maxwell for the third time this season at NPCC at 11 a.m. MT on Saturday.
Maxwell lost their first round game to Sutherland in the second contest of the Monday night tournament opening.