North Platte St. Pat’s got ahead of Mullen in the first half on Tuesday and held on for a 41-24 win at the McGahan Activities Center.
“I think you had two really good defensive teams and it made the offense a little rough at times,” St. Pat’s coach Bill O’Malley said. “Overall, I really liked our effort. I thought our defensive effort was outstanding.”
The Irish (7-6) led 11-4 at the end of the first quarter after Corby Condon made a three-pointer from the left side that followed baskets by James Roberts and Patrick O’Neill.
Halfway through the second quarter, St. Pat’s went up by double figures at 16-5 after a four-point play by Tyler Ferguson. The Irish remained in control the rest of the first half to lead 22-12 at halftime.
“We hit a couple of timely perimeter shots and we got the ball into the lane a couple times,” O’Malley said. “There wasn’t much as far as offensive runs but I thought we persisted in trying to attack the rim.”
Late in the third quarter, Mullen (7-4) pulled to within 28-19 when Koby Walker banked in a three. But the bank was open for Ferguson on the other end and his three bounced off the backboard and in to make it a 12-point game going into the fourth.
In the fourth, Dolan Branch scored back-to-back buckets to give St. Pat’s a 35-19 lead. The Broncos didn’t score again until Lane Edis made a free throw with a little over three minutes left in the game and the Irish held on for the win.
Mullen: 4-8-7-5 – 24
St. Pat’s: 11-11-9-10 – 41