|Boys split games, now 9-3|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 21 January 2016 18:53|
Brody Nordhausen drives in for a layup during the second half of the Broncos’ loss to Perkins County. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team lost for the first time in 2016 against Class C2 Perkins County (10-3) at home Friday. The team bounced back the following night with a win at Garden County.
The Perkins County defense controlled much of the game.
“We had no surprises from Perkins County, but we simply had not seen that level of defense in a long time,” Coach Dave Kuhlen said, adding that it was a good thing to see in preparation for the RPAC tournament.
WP fell behind 0-5 early in the game, but only trailed 7-10 at the end of the first quarter. Behind 12-15 midway through the second quarter, the Broncos were outscored 3-9 to end the half.
Perkins County went on to extend its lead in the second half. WP lost the contest 37-51.
Greg Gaston and Tyler Davis each scored 13 points.
Davis had six rebounds; Cash Yearous and Brody Nordhausen each had four rebounds.
Gaston led the Broncos with four steals and three assists.
Saturday, the Broncos needed to make a comeback against 5-5 Garden County.
WP held a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but found itself down 28-29 at halftime.
Kuhlen said WP did a good job of seizing control in the game, but “one really crazy flurry of self-inflicted mistakes in the second quarter put them right back in the game and it was a dogfight the rest of the way.”
Two free throws with 10 seconds left in the game sealed the 56-54 win for WP.
Davis led WP with 16 points. Yearous added 13 points. Nordhausen scored nine points, making five-of-eight free throws.
Davis had a team-high seven rebounds. Chase Rathe pulled down six rebounds.
Gaston led the team with six assists and Rathe had four assists. Yearous had five steals; Rathe and Gaston had four steals each.
Big games ahead
Thursday WP will be at 11-1 Paxton.
Saturday the RPAC tournament begins. First round games will be played at Wallace. The Broncos are seeded third and will take on Maywood/Hayes Center (6-6) at 3:15 p.m. MT/4:15 p.m. CT.
Kuhlen said there is a lot to prepare for with the tournament.
“We need to try and develop good habits every day in order to become the team that we want to be.”