North Platte St. Pat’s had a drought that lasted for a quarter’s length of time on Friday and that was the difference in their 62-49 loss to Overton at the McGahan Activities Center.
“I thought they did a great job defensively,” St. Pat’s coach Bill O’Malley said. “We did get some shots in there and we weren’t able to finish them. I just thought they were a little quicker all night and we weren’t able to get much rhythm going.”
Dane Weston opened the game by making a mid-range baseline jump shot from the left side to give Overton (8-2) the lead. James Roberts scored for St. Pat’s (7-7) to tie the game and then Nick Niesen made a three-pointer to put the Irish on top. Then it became a 7-2 lead after a basket by Alex Davies.
St. Pat’s led for the remainder of the first quarter but Overton took the lead at 13-12 on the opening possession when Ryan Lauby got a layup off a steal. On the play, Dolan Branch was called for a technical foul as he touched the backboard trying to block the shot and Morgan Wallace made a free throw to make it a two-point lead.
The Irish regained the lead briefly after buckets by Niesen and Charles Aufdenkamp. But those were the only points they scored in the quarter and the Eagles took advantage.
Wallace scored the next five points and Overton regained the lead with a three by the 5’11” senior point guard. Lauby then scored inside and then Morgan Olmstead buried a three from the fight corner before Jaylen Schlueter drove in for a layup to finish the first half with the Eagles ahead 26-16.
After scoring the last 12 points of the first half, Overton scored the first 10 of the second half to go up by 20.
St. Pat’s made a push. It took them three minutes to cut the lead in half as Tyler Ferguson’s three from the right side made it 39-29. But the Eagles rallied again with 10 straight to restore their lead and that pretty much put the game away.
“I thought early, things looked pretty good,” O’Malley said. “We were able to get the ball into good spots and we were finishing. We just got into a dryspell there and we couldn’t get out of our own way.”
Next, the Irish will host Southwest (8-3) on Saturday.
Overton: 11-15-25-11 – 62
St. Pat’s: 12-4-15-18 – 49
Overton (62)-Morgan Wallace 18, Jaylen Schlueter 5, Braden Kizer 16, Ryan Lauby 8, Matt Roth 1, Dane Weston 6, Morgan Olmstead 8
St. Pat’s (49)-Ethan Munson 4, Tyler Ferguson 3, Trayton White 2, James Roberts 8, Nick Niesen 13, Charles Aufdenkamp 12, Alex Davies 2, Dolan Branch 5
Free throws: O 20-30, SP 5-10; Three-point goals: O 4 (Olmstead 2, Wallace, Schlueter), SP 4 (Niesen 3, Ferguson)