North Platte St. Pat’s jumped on Southwest early on Saturday and held on for a 61-28 victory at the McGahan Activities Center.
St. Pat’s coach Bill O’Malley said it was good to see his team bounce back less than 24 hours after their disappointing loss to Overton.
“It was just important for us to rebound,” he said. “In the course of a long season, you’re going to have some ups and downs. Particularly for us, offensively, we’re going to go through some times that are tough. So I was glad to see us come out and get some transition baskets.”
Down 8-6, Charles Aufdenkamp got a basket to tie the game for the Irish (8-7). St. Pat’s then took the lead when Dolan Branch made a pair of free throws.
The rally continued when Alex Davies scored inside before Nick Niesen made an 18-foot jump shot off the dribble, giving the Irish a six-point lead.
James Roberts then scored the next four points for St. Pat’s on a pair of free throws and a putback of a miss by Niesen and it was 18-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter began with Branch getting a three-point play as he was fouled putting in his own miss before Southwest (8-4) put an end to the run with a bucket by Brandon Leslie.
But the status quo reigned for the rest of the first half and the Irish led 34-19.
Bryan Leslie scored the first five points of the second half for Southwest with a three and a bucket to cut the deficit to 10. But that was the closest the Roughriders got as they had no answer for the full-court pressure St. Pat’s brought.
The lead became 20 early in the fourth quarter after consecutive buckets by Aufdenkamp and it soon became 30 before the game came to an end.
“We had pretty good tenacity, defensively, all game long,” O’Malley said. “The offense kind of ebbed and flowed as it does but I thought the defense was really solid.”
Next, St. Pat’s will host Perkins County (4-8) in the first round of the SPVA tournament on Monday.
Southwest: 8-11-5-4 – 28
St. Pat’s: 18-16-9-28 – 61
Southwest (28)-Brandon Leslie 3, Brett Soderland 1, Bryan Leslie 13, John Stritt 2, Blake Williams 2, Dylan Hofman 7
St. Pat’s (61)-Jack Heiss 3, Ethan Munson 2, Corby Condon 2, James Roberts 10, Patrick O’Neill 2, Nick Niesen 4, Charles Aufdenkamp 17, Alex Davies 4, Andrew Lindemeier 1, Dolan Branch 16
Free throws: SW 5-8, SP 13-27; Three-point goals: SW 5 (Bry. Leslie 3, Hofman 2), SP 2 (Heiss, Roberts)