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Longhorns can’t sustain second half lead against St. Pat’s Irish PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

For nearly three quarters, the Chase County Longhorns held the lead over the North Platte St. Pat’s Irish Friday night.
But a 9-0 St. Pat’s run in the final 45 seconds of the third and the first 15 seconds of the fourth proved to be the Longhorns’ undoing, falling 46-59.
For about 25 minutes, Coach Carl Zuege said the Longhorns played like the better team on the floor.
With the exception of a couple of spurts by St. Pat’s, Zuege said the Longhorns played solidly.
However, those spurts came at crucial times, with the Longhorns unable to recover from the second one late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.
Up by four at half, 26-24, the Longhorns gave up the first spurt as the third quarter began.
St. Pat’s knocked down their first three shots, including a pair of back-to-back treys to put the Irish in the lead briefly, 29-26.
The Longhorns answered with their own 9-2 run over the next three minutes to rebuild a 35-31 lead.
In the final two minutes of the third quarter, the Irish put 11 points on the board while the Longhorns could manage just     1, giving them a 42-36 lead.  
The Irish tacked on another trey to open the fourth to go up nine and never trailed again.
Zuege said they talked about not letting their outside shooters get loose, but that’s what happened.
That pulled the defense out and the Longhorns lost their backside help underneath and dug themselves into a hole they couldn’t get out of, Zuege said.
After shooting so well in the first half, the Longhorns missed some easy shots in the third, Zuege said.
That, coupled with the defensive lapses, proved too much as the Longhorns let the game get away.
Zuege said the Longhorns missed Charlie Haarberg’s contributions inside. He was sick and missed the game.
Jeff Banks paced the Longhorns with four treys of his own to finish with 12. Tanner Stromberger also finished in double figures with 10.
Subdistricts not far off
The regular season is winding down as only two more regular season games remain.
The Longhorns faced Wauneta-Palisade Tuesday night and came within 10 of the 18-2 Broncos, 56-46.
On Saturday, they play host to Hershey with boys’ and girls’ jayvee action beginning at 4 p.m. MT.
Then, the boys close out the regular season Friday, Feb. 19 at Sutherland.
The boys enter C2-11 subdistricts Monday, Feb. 22 in McCook.
Imperial 46
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kyle Bottom    3    0    2-3    2    8
Jakob Burke    0    1    0-0    0    3
Shane German    0    0    0-0    0    0
Alex Strand    1    1    0-0    2    5
Adam Moline    0    0    0-0    0    0
Alec Spady    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jeff Banks    0    4    0-0    3    12
Daniel Regier    3    0    0-0    4    6
Adam Dickey    0    0    2-2    1    2
Brian Bell    0    0    0-0    0    0
Grant Lenners    0    0    0-0    0    0
Tanner Stromberger    4    0    2-4    2    10
TOTALS    11    6    6-9    14    46
N.P. St. Pat’s 59
Jensen 8, O’Malley 14, Clinch 11, O’Conner 16, A. Vinton 4, G. Vinton 6.
N.P. St. Pat’s totals: 2 pt. FG—17; 3 pt. FG—5; FT/FTA—10-16; Fouls—10, TP—59.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    19   7 10 10—46
N.P. St. Pat’s    11 11 20 17—59