North Platte St. Pat’s didn’t allow Anselmo-Merna to build any momentum on Tuesday and they picked up a 69-37 victory at the McGahan Activities Center.

“I thought we had good defensive intensity,” St. Pat’s coach Bill O’Malley said. “From beginning to end, we had somebody on the ball at all times. That was key because they have a good inside game and if we played soft on the perimeter, they were going to hurt us.”

Brecken Erickson scored the first three points of the game for the Irish (8-2) on a basket and a free throw. Then Jack Heiss made a mid-range jump shot to make it 5-0 before Erickson scored three more points on a bucket and a free throw.

Anselmo-Merna (7-4) established themselves with a Quentin Myers three-pointer and a Wyat Lambertson basket to pull within a possession a minute left in the first quarter. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter.

Heiss began the second quarter by putting in his own miss. Then he hit a three before knocking down a fadeaway from 17 feet to put St. Pat’s up, 17-7.

“There were times we weren’t efficient, offensively,” O’Malley said. “We got good shots all night but we didn’t convert all of them. But defensively, we had a good rhythm and intensity to get some separation.”

From there, the lead just kept growing. The score was 32-17 at halftime and it was 51-31 at the end of the third quarter. The margin went over 30 in the fourth quarter.

“I thought it was really important to stay out on the ball and be tough, physically,” O’Malley said. “(Anselmo-Merna) is a really athletic, quick and physical team. They could’ve hurt us if we sat back at all.”

Next, the Irish will host Perkins County (6-2) on Friday.

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