Plainsmen looking to improve defense
By Tim Linscott
PCS had the offense going but Creek Valley shot the lights out in the match-up between the two teams on Feb. 11.
PCS was down by three points, 18-15 after one period and kept pace with Creek Valley at the half. PCS was down 33-27 at the half.
Creek Valley shot 63 percent in the third quarter to outscore PCS 29-13 and take a commanding 62-40 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Plainsmen head coach Shawn Cole said the combination of factors led to the outcome of the game.
“Part was good shooting from them and part was poor defense from us,” Cole said.
Creek Valley would prevail 75-49 over PCS.
Free throw shooting for PCS was solid as the Plainsmen hit 81 percent (11 of 18) during the contest.
PCS also had a 15-8 advantage in assists.
Derek Sis had a monster game on offense for PCS, scoring 25 points, connecting on 57 percent of his shots (8 of 14) and grabbing five rebounds with one assist.
Zak Kurkowski had 10 points and four rebounds for PCS.
Tim Johnson pulled off a double double with 10 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
Christian White had four rebounds, two assists and two points and Bryce Wilson had two points.
“I think we are taking care of the ball a little better. We still have too many turnovers but we are improving on them,” Cole said.
PCS vs. Hayes Center
The team faced Hayes Center on Feb. 13 and a fourth quarter point explosion gave the Cardinals a 56-28 win.
PCS was hanging tough with Hayes Center, but a 17-4 fourth quarter led to the blowout.
PCS had a 31-28 advantage on the boards, including a 23-19 lead in offensive rebounds.
PCS led in assists against the Cardinals, 11-4 and had a 3-2 lead in the blocks category.
Sis led the team on offense with 11 points. He also had two rebounds.
Kurkowski put in nine points, two blocks, one assist and seven rebounds.
Johnson had four points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Chase Miyamoto picked up two points and had five rebounds and three assists.
This Friday the team faces Hershey in the final home game of the season.
“(Hershey) will be a good game. They are well coached and they will come in and play hard,” Cole said.