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Longhorns on short end of SPVA squeakers PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

A basket here; a steal there—that’s just how close the Chase County Longhorns came to playing in last week’s SPVA tournament championship game.
After leading the Perkins County Plainsmen throughout most of three quarters in the semi-final battle, the Longhorns saw their lead slip away in the closing minutes.
Trailing by two with just 15.9 seconds left to play, the Longhorns still controlled their own fate with an in-bounds play on their own sideline.
They looked for the early  three-pointer for the win, but it wasn’t there. As time continued to tick away, the Longhorns kept trying to maneuver for a shot.
In their late haste, an errant pass with 1.3 seconds left robbed them of the chance to even get a shot off.
Chase County 47. Perkins County 49.
Longhorn Coach Carl Zuege said it was disappointing to not even get a shot off in that situation.
“Everyone on the gym knew we were going to Ike for the shot,” he said.
That’s because junior Ike Maxwell, already with four 3-pointers in the game, looked to be team’s best bet.
Instead, PC sealed him away from the ball and the other options off the play never developed.
Zuege said the real difference in the game came late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.
With two minutes left in the third, PC took their first lead of the game on a back door alley oop.
The Longhorns answered and regained the lead with a three-point play by Destyn Milner.
Unfortunately, that proved to be the Longhorns’ last lead of the game, 34-32.
The game went into the fourth quarter tied 34-34 and was tied two more times at 36 and 38. The final lead change occurred with a Plainsmen bucket at the 6:01 mark in the fourth.
Milner got the margin back to one, 47-48, on a basket with 1:15 left.
The Plainsmen then took 57 ticks off the clock before the Longhorns fouled and sent them to the line for a one-and-one.
The strategy worked, with PC missing the second free throw to give the Longhorns the chance to either tie or win the game with a basket.
Chase Co. 47
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Nolan Spady    0    0    0-0    0    0
Ike Maxwell    0    4    2-2    0    14
Kass Cochran    0    0    0-0    0    0
Destyn Milner    5    1    1-4    3    14
Dakota Wallin    2    0    0-0    2    4
Jace Clevenger    0    0    0-0    0    0
Cody Williams    0    0    1-2    1    1
Jack Bauerle    2    0    0-2    1    4
Braden Space    0    0    1-2    2    1
Eli Engbrecht    2    0    1-2    4    5
Michael Musgrove    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jared Sharp    2    0    0-0    5    4
TOTALS    12    5    6-14    18    47
Perkins Co. 49
B. Schrotberger 8, C. Johnson 7, C. White 10, D. Sis 6, J. Johnston 11, M. Lagler 7.
Perkins Co. totals: 2 pt. FG—18; 3 pt. FG—2; FT/FTA—7-11; Fouls—11; TP—49.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    16    8    10    13—47
Perkins Co.    9    13    12    15—49
Overtime loss
Saturday, the Longhorns had to regroup to face the North Platte St. Pat’s Irish in the third place consolation game.
The after-effects of the two-point loss showed early as the Longhorns scored just five points in the first quarter against 13 for the Irish.
Fortunes improved in the second period with the Longhorns bouncing back at both ends of the court.
Defensively, they limited the Irish just nine while answering with 15 to pull back within two, 20-22, at half.
The Longhorns kept the Irish within reach throughout the third, staying within three at the quarter buzzer, 30-33.         But St. Pat’s went on a run and the Longhorns couldn’t keep pace, falling behind by 10, 43-33, with 2:28 left in the game.
Maxwell knocked down his second trey of the quarter, which seemed to give the Longhorns the boost they needed to rally back.
Pressure defense kept the Irish away from the basket as the Longhorns began to foul to force the Irish to win it at the line.
Twice, they hit just one of two and Dakota Wallin answered on the other end with two from the charity stripe.
The Longhorns forced the Irish into a pair of turnovers with Wallin slicing down the lane to close the gap to five with 1:25.
With 59 seconds left, Maxwell dumped a 24-footer from outside the arc to pull the Longhorns within two, 43-45.
The ’Horns kept sending the Irish to the line, with the strategy playing out. With the Irish missing three of four, the door opened for another 3-ball from Maxwell with 15.8 seconds left.
This time the ball hung on the front of the rim before falling back in to tie the game 46-46.
St. Pat’s got two more chances, one from outside the three-point line and one from the lane off an in-bounds pass with 1.8 seconds left. They missed both, sending the game to overtime.
Unfortunately for the Longhorns, they went into the last four minutes without Milner and Eli Engbrecht, who had both fouled out.
That was a huge factor, Zuege said. The Longhorns could only come up with one basket from Jared Sharp in the overtime, falling 51-48.
Chase Co. 48
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Nolan Spady    0    0    0-0    0    0
Ike Maxwell    0    5    2-2    1    17
Kass Cochran    0    0    0-0    0    0
Destyn Milner    2    0    0-0    5    4
Dakota Wallin    1    0    5-8    0    7
Jace Clevenger    0    0    0-0    0    0
Cody Williams    2    0    0-0    1    4
Jack Bauerle    0    0    0-0    1    2
Braden Space    0    0    4-4    4    4
Eli Engbrecht    0    0    0-0    5    2
Michael Musgrove    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jared Sharp    3    0    2-2    4    8
TOTALS    8    5    13-16    21    48
North Platte St. Pats 51
G. Vyzourek 4, T. Heiss 3, G. White III 20, C. Clinch 12, Z. Miller 9, A. Mackley 3.
NP St. Pats totals: 2 pt. FG—14; 3 pt. FG—5; FT/FTA—8-26; Fouls—14; TP—51.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    5 15 10 16 2—48
NP St. Pats    13 9 11 13 4—51
Bridgeport Friday
The Longhorns will travel to Bridgeport Friday night,. Bridgeport captured the SPVA championship Saturday, defeating Perkins County in the finals 48-42.
The Longhorns bounced back Tuesday night, defeating Haxtun, Colo., 54-49 on the home court.
Boys’ and girls’ jayvee action at Bridgeport begins at 4 p.m.


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