PC Plainsmen come up fifth at SPVA
By Larry Pritchett
For the third time this season, the Perkins County Plainsman boys’ basketball squad walked onto the court to do battle with the Maxwell Wildcats.
The two teams were matched in the first game of the season and then also played in the Perkins County Booster Club’s Holiday tournament and both of those games were played in Grant.
So at least in this setting, the game for fifth place in the SPVA tournament for 2011, the Wildcats had the Plainsmen on a neutral floor.
It didn’t matter all that much as the Plainsmen got off to a great first half effort and then kept the Wildcats at arm’s length in the second to pick up a 43-29 victory in the tournament.
Perkins County opened the first quarter by scoring 14 points as four different players hit baskets and the Plainsmen defense held Maxwell to seven points while forcing six turnovers in the period.
The Plainsmen also controlled the boards as the Wildcats only got three rebounds in the quarter and the Plainsmen picked up five.
In the second quarter the Plainsmen turned up the pressure defensively and offensively and pretty much put the game out of reach for the offensively challenged Wildcats.
Perkins County outscored Maxwell 15-5 in the quarter and forced the Wildcats into a 2-13 shooting performance for that quarter and a 6-21 effort for the first half.
Unofficial stats had Maxwell gaining only one rebound in the second quarter while the Plainsmen hit the boards for eight and the Plainsmen pressure forced another six turnovers to end the half with a commanding 29-12 score.
The second half was not as effective for the entire time, but the Plainsmen continued to pressure and cause problems for the Wildcats. Again, Maxwell had trouble scoring as they hit on only three of 11 field goal attempts and one of two from the free throw line.
The Plainsmen didn’t exactly burn the nets as they hit three field goals on 14 tries but also had three of six free throws and a 38-20 lead after three.
In the fourth quarter the Wildcats got their only quarter win as they outscored the Plainsmen 9-5, but that was far from good enough to get back into the game.
The Plainsmen held on for the 43-29 win and a fifth place showing in the 2011 SPVA Tournament.
For the game, Michael York led the Plainsmen in scoring with 14 and Jeremy Hagan added eight. For Maxwell, Ben Sukraw scored nine points and Drew Soule added eight.
The Plainsmen will play again this Friday as they host Sedgwick County. With the win over Maxwell the Plainsmen ran their record to 4-11.
PC 43, Maxwell 29
Perkins Co.: 14-15-9-5 43
Maxwell 7- 5- 8-9 29