|Broncos win two heading into break, host Arapahoe Dec. 29|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 24 December 2015 00:00|
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team upped its record to 5-2 with wins over South Platte and McPherson County last week.
The Broncos defeated South Platte 74-25 and McPherson County 54-21. All 12 players suited up saw action in both contests.
Greg Gaston was on fire early in the Broncos game against South Platte (0-6). Gaston made five three-pointers in the first quarter to help WP take a 27-5 lead after the first eight minutes.
With a rotation of 10 players during the second quarter, WP added 19 points to its total. Cash Yearous, Tyler Davis, Brody Nordhausen, Paul Behrends, Chase Rathe, Duncan Rector and Dennis Cavanaugh scored for the Broncos in the second quarter.
South Platte made 11-of-14 free throws in the quarter, the majority of its 15 points.
Yearous made three three-pointers in the third quarter and scored 13 of his 17 total points in the eight-minute span.
After WP gained a 40-point lead with 2:24 left in the third quarter, the clock didn’t stop, with the exception of time outs, for the rest of the game.
Gaston led WP in scoring with 23 points, despite only playing two quarters. Gaston made six three-pointers.
Yearous finished with 17 points in three quarters worth of action.
Rathe had a team high eight rebounds and eight assists.
Nordhausen had six steals.
Beat McPherson County
Gaston remained hot Saturday night, scoring 15 points in the first quarter. Gaston made four more three-pointers in the game.
Holding a 22-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, WP outscored the Longhorns 11-6 in the second quarter and 18-0 in the third quarter.
Gaston scored a team-high 20 points. Rathe added 12 points.
Caid Doetker grabbed five rebounds. Dennis Cavanaugh, Duncan Rector, Rathe and Davis each had four rebounds.
Gaston had six assists and six steals.
WP will be off until Tuesday, Dec. 29 when the Broncos host Arapahoe.
The Broncos will follow up that game with a game at Hitchcock County Jan. 8 and against Southwest at home on Jan. 9.
WP coach Dave Kuhlen said the Broncos continue to get better each week and likes facing the Warriors over the break.
“It’s good timing for a home game,” Kuhlen said. “This is the perfect game to keep their minds on basketball.”