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Basketball squad drops to 4-11

by Ted Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Pirate boys’ basketball team took part in the 35th annual Kearney Tournament.

In the first game of the tournament, the Pirates took on Lafayette. Lafayette took an early 17-14 lead after the first quarter of action.

As the game entered halftime, Lafayette had gained a six-point advantage after outscoring the Pirates 14-11 in the second quarter.

Lafayette narrowly outscored the Pirates in the third quarter, by a score of 13-12, giving Lafayette the 44-37 advantage as the game reached the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Lafayette blew away the Pirates, outscoring them 21-7 to give them a 65-44 victory.

Leading scorers for the Pirates included senior Mitch Black with 13 points, junior Travis Frogge with nine points, freshman Zo Riley with eight, junior Sean O’Connor with six points, senior Shane Praiswater, juniors Kyle Richter, and Ryan Hiestand had two points, and juniors Taylor Seedorf and Brian Connel both had 1 point.

O’Connor and Riley both led the team with five rebounds, followed by Black with four, Frogge and Seedorf with three, and junior Brent Parker with one rebound.

Richter and Frogge led the team with two steals apiece, followed by Praiswater and O’Connor who both had one steal each.

In the second round of the tournament, the Pirates needed a win to stay alive. The Pirates were able to get their much-needed win against Oak Grove, whom they had already beaten earlier in the season.

The Pirates came out on fire in the first quarter, setting the tone for the rest of the game, as the Pirates outscored the Panthers 15-2.

In the second quarter, the Pirates gave up a few more points form Oak Grove, but still outscored them 12-7 to take a 27-9 halftime lead.

Oak Grove tried to narrow the gap in the third quarter, as they outscored the Pirates 11-7, to close within just 14 points.

In the fourth quarter, the Pirates prevented a rally from Oak Grove as they outscored them 15-11, to win the game by a score of 49-31.

Frogge led the team with 19 points, followed by O’Connor with 12, Black with 6, Seedorf with 5, Richter, Riley, and junior Mark Dudley all had 2 points, and Connel had 1 point.

Seedorf and Riley both led the team with five rebounds, followed by Frogge with four, Richter with 2, and Connel and Dudley both had 1 rebound.

O’Connor led the team with three steals, followed by Riley with two, and Richter, Frogge, Dudley, and Parker all had one steal.

In the final game of the tournament, the Pirates had to take on the Benton Cardinals. Both teams played equally well throughout the first quarter as it resulted in an 8-8 tie.

In the second quarter, Benton began to affectively press the Pirates. The Pirates were outscored by Benton 11-7, to take a 19-16 halftime lead.

The Cardinals came out on fire early in the third quarter, but the Pirates were able to rally back to within one point later in the quarter, when the Cardinals outscored the Pirates 17-16.

In the fourth quarter, Benton was able to hold off the Pirates, outscoring them 21-18, to win the game 65-49.

Black led the team with 19 points, followed by Frogge with 16, Riley with 10, and O’Connor with 4 points.

Riley led the team with seven rebounds, followed by Frogge with six, Seedorf with five, Black with four, and O’Connor and Richter both had three.

Frogge and Riley led the team with two steals, followed by Richter and O’Connor who each had one steal.

After going 1-2 in the Kearney tournament, the Pirates overall record dropped to 4-11.

The Pirates next action comes in the 2nd Annual Basehor-Linwood Invitational Basketball Tournament which runs from Jan. 14-19.