The 2018-19 Perkins County Plainsmen took first place in the booster club holiday tournament held Dec. 20 and 21.
Plainsmen take tournament championship
PC hosted the Booster Club Holiday Tournament and the Plainsmen ultimately took the number one spot after the two-day battle to the finish.
Thursday’s win over Wallace saw the boys in the final round to play Sandhills-Thedford and a 49-41 victory gave the PC boys the championship.
The game against the Wildcats was a bit of a nail biter for Plainsmen fans.
Coming off three losses last week, the Plainsmen looked good but Wallace kept up and kept the competition interesting.
PC was able to pull ahead slightly in the first, and a three-pointer from Aaron Fay with .10 seconds left before the buzzer took the Plainsmen to a 15-11 lead.
The Wildcats continued to try to claw their way back but two treys for PC put them ahead enough for a two-point lead at halftime, 25-23.
PC solidified the lead in the third when they came up 45-37 with the defense holding the Cats to 15.
PC allowed Wallace seven points in the fourth but with 15 of their own, they won the first round of the tournament 60-44.
Alex Patrick was the top scorer of the game with 21 points. Spencer Ross followed in second with 13, and Fay had 10. Eight points went up from Tristan Hite, and four each from Caleb Lagler and Alex Poppe.
The Plainsmen got off to a good start in the championship game after a quick five points went up. PC hit four three-point shots in the first, three of which came from Fay, and the Plainsmen had the lead 18-11 going into the second.
Freshman Hayden Foster added the first bucket in the second taking the Plainsmen up to 20. Two buckets from Patrick and another trey from Fay put PC in the lead at 27, but they had allowed the Knights to make a bit of a comeback by halftime, trailing only by two, 27-25.
Perkins County held Sandhills-Thedford to just seven points in the third while they took off with 17 that included a three-point shot in from Ross at the buzzer to end the third. The scoreboard read 44-31.
The Knights continued to fight back in the third and managed 11 points, however, the Plainsmen took the victory 49-41 for the championship title in the PC Booster Holiday Tournament.
Patrick was the game’s top scorer with a total of 15 points. Fay hit four triple-point shots for 12 game points, and Ross had 7.
Also adding to the board for PC was Hite with 6, Foster with 3, and Lagler with 2.
The 4-4 Plainsmen will travel to North Platte on Jan. 4 to take on North Platte St. Pats who, as of press time, also stand at 4-4.
The game is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. MT.