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Pirate basketball team
off to rough 0-2 start

by Ted Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County High School boys basketball team has fallen to 0-2 early in the 2001-2002 season.

In their first game, the Pirates played a close game with Richmond, and even had a halftime lead. But in the fourth quarter in particular the Pirates got into foul trouble and had several starters foul out. All of the foul shots Richmond were given were enough for them to pull ahead and win the game 69-58.
Senior Mitch Black, juniors Bobby Neill, Kyle Richter, and Taylor Seedoorf, and freshman Zo Riley led the Pirates in scoring.

In their second game of the season, the game did get any easier. Platte County had to face Hogan. Entering this game, Hogan was undefeated and ranked twelfth in the city.

Platte County held them to a close game. Neill had his first career 20-point game against them, and Black added several points of his own.

In the end, Platte County fell 58-56 in a game that really came down to the wire.

“I thought we played much better than we did in our game against Richmond, we just had a few too many mistakes in the fourth quarter,” said head coach Chuck Siler. “I think we did good when you consider that we are a young team that is still learning.”

Platte County’s next action comes Friday, Dec. 14, at home against Richmond, beginning at 6 p.m. Then they have a full week after that where they take on West Platte away at 5 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 17; Odessa away at 6 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 18; and Thurs., Dec. 20, the Pirates are in action at home against Lawson, beginning at 5 p.m.