The North Platte St. Pat’s boys’ basketball team played a fairly consistent game on Friday, winning all four quarters on their way to a 63-35 victory over Perkins County at the McGahan Activities Center.
St. Pat’s coach Bill O’Malley said it was a good start to 2019.
“This is a really gratifying win,” O’Malley said. “It’s a Perkins County team that’s been playing really good basketball and we were really pleased with how we came out and performed.”
With the game tied at 8-8, Nick Niesen made a three-pointer to give the Irish (6-5) the lead. The lead expanded when Alex Davies laid one in after getting the assist from Corby Condon, who had just gotten the offensive rebound. Then with a minute left in the first quarter, Niesen got a layup with the assist from Charles Aufdenkamp, who stole the ball to set the play up. Neither team scored the rest of the quarter and St. Pat’s had a 15-8 lead at the end of the first eight minutes.
James Roberts opened the second quarter by making one from eight feet away in the lane to make it a nine-point game. Alex Patrick then got a basket to end the drought for Perkins County (4-5). But the margin grew to double figures as Davies scored again inside and Dolan Branch made a free throw.
The Irish kept control the rest of the first half and they led 27-16 at halftime.
“We got a couple of pretty good efforts in our Christmas tournament and we felt if we could match that energy, we could get off to a good start and we’re really pleased the guys came out with energy and defended well.”
The second half began with Davies making consecutive 10-foot jump shots from the left side and St. Pat’s had a 31-16 lead.
From there, they kept the pressure on the Plainsmen and they finished the game in style, putting up 21 points in the fourth quarter.
“We did a pretty good job of getting there defensively,” O’Malley said. “They’ve got three guys who are really good scorers (Patrick, Spencer Ross and Aaron Fay) and I thought we did a good job of making it difficult for them. We got some key baskets in transition. We missed a few but we were able to get up and down the floor.”
Next, the Irish will take on 10-0 Cozad on the road, Saturday.
Perkins County: 8-8-10-9 – 35
St. Pat’s: 15-12-15-21 – 63
Perkins County (35)-Triston Hite 8, Alex Patrick 12, Aaron Fay 7, Irvin Reyes 2, Spencer Ross 4, Alex Poppe 2
St. Pat’s (63)-Ethan Munson 2, Tyler Ferguson 5, Trayton White 2, Corby Condon 3, James Roberts 14, Nick Niesen 12, Charles Aufdenkamp 9, Alex Davies 12, Dolan Branch 4
Free throws: PC 2-6, SP 5-9; Three-point goals: PC 4 (Hite 2, Patrick, Fay), SP 4 (Niesen 2, Ferguson, Condon)