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Chillicothe and LeBlond
put losses on Pirate team

by Ted Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Pirate boys basketball team opened up MEC Conference action on Jan. 3, with a home game against the Chillicothe Hornets.

Both of the teams played pretty much neck and neck the first half, despite the fact that Chillicothe went on to win 58-47.

After the first quarter of action, neither team appeared to have control, as Chillicothe had a one-point lead after outscoring the Pirates 8-7.

In the second quarter, the Hornets outscored the Pirates by only three points. Chillicothe outscored Platte County 14-11 to take just a 22-18 lead into halftime.

The Hornets came out of halftime with a little more offense that the Pirates, outscoring them 13-8 in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, both teams’ offenses came to life. During the quarter the two teams combined for 44 points. Chillicothe did, however, outscore the Pirates again 23-21. This gave Chillicothe a 58-47 conference victory over the Pirates.

Junior Travis Frogge was the leading scorer for the Pirates, putting up a season high 27 points. Frogge also shot 2-2 from behind the three-point line. Senior Mitch Black followed Frogge with 10 points. Freshman Zo Riley was able to contribute six points to the Pirates' effort, and junior Sean O’Connor had four points.

The Pirates hit 60 percent of their shots from the field, and 50 percent from the free throw line during the game.

O’Connor led the team with nine rebounds on the night. O’Connor was followed by Riley with seven, Black with five, Frogge with two, and senior Shane Praiswater and junior Taylor Seedorf both had one rebound each.

Junior Kyle Richter led the team with three steals, followed by Black and Riley who both had one steal apiece.

The next night, Jan. 4, the Pirates headed north to LeBlond in St. Joseph, but the Pirates could not pull out a win. Platte County lost to LeBlond by a final score of 58-38.

Platte County jumped out to an early lead in the game. They appeared to have momentum early on as they outscored LeBlond 8-7 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, LeBlond broke the game open. They came out on fire and outscored the Pirates 24-6. This gave LeBlond a sizable 31-14 halftime lead.

The Pirates came out in the third quarter, but they could not gain any ground on LeBlond, as both teams scored 13 points in the quarter.

Platte County could not overcome the large point spread in the fourth quarter, and the Pirates were again outscored, this time 14-11.

LeBlond was able to overwhelm the Pirates by a final score of 58-38.

Frogge was again the leading scorer with 10 points and one three-pointer. Frogge was followed by O’Connor who had eight points, Riley and Seedorf had seven points apiece, and Richter had six points.

The Pirates shot only 29.5 percent from the field, making only 13 shots out of 44 attempts. Platte County shot 55 percent from the free throw line, making 11 of 20 free throws.

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

Richter and O’Connor both led the team with three steals apiece.

The next varsity action for the boys’ basketball team comes at the Kearney Tournament. The Kearney Tournament lasts from Jan. 7-12, at Kearney.