PC scoring wave washes out Roughriders
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Michael York carved up the Southwest defense for four put-backs and spouted off for 28 points in advancing the Plainsmen out of the first round with an 80-42 rout of the Roughriders last Monday (February 21) in McCook.
York hung in the air and never returned to the ground while putting in two rebounds. He scored 16 points in the third quarter alone.
Not inclined to guard the back door, Southwest paid a heavy price for letting cutters like Jeremy Hagan and York get open under the basket consistently.
Perkins County looked to break out and run, costing the Roughriders 20 transition points. Hagan collected nine points, including a nice hesitation fake on a break-out.
Guard Quinton Hite found a few of those open players with passes, and also shot and drove for 13 points. With the confidence a large lead brings,
Hite hit all three three-point shots he attempted.
Southwest’s senior power forward Justin Malleck tried to stem the Plainsmen scoring tide (that crested at a 40-point lead) with his 25 points.
Malleck drove to the basket looking to initiate and absorb contact, benefiting with two three-point plays and five trips to the foul line. He took his game outside for a minute as well, succeeding from behind the arc once.
Eight of Malleck’s 25 points came in the fourth quarter, a period into which Perkins County carried a 29-point lead.
In that same fourth quarter, Plainsmen Elliot Carlson stuck a three-pointer, freshman Tim Johnson popped one in from mid-range, and reserve forward Michael Dreiling attacked the backboard for seven points.
Dreiling stacked two jumpers on top of a three-point play and microwaved seven points.
Perkins County probably would not have hung 80 on the Roughriders had Malleck not continued to push the ball at their basket.
Guard Michael Brodd combined with Malleck to score 36 of Southwest’s 42 points. (Brodd scored 11 points.)
Brodd stayed outside for many of his shots, and many of Brodd’s shots stayed out of the net: he shot 3-for-15 from the field, including four misses from three-point range.
York started many transition plays with his game-high eight defensive rebounds.
Alex Johnston consistently took the ball strongly to the “hole,” and referees rewarded him with three trips to the foul line. Johnston hit 5-of-6 free throws and stashed a pass from Blake Poppe for seven points.
P.C. 80, SW 42
Southwest 11 11 10 10—42
Perkins Co. 17 20 24 19—80