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NPL Tournament Games

by Cody Flinn

January 22, 2019

Game 1- Warriors Jump on Tigers from Start

The Warrior basketball team started off to a quick start in the 1st round of the NPL tournament vs. the Natoma Tigers. The Warriors started out the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back winning the game 63-24. Blake led the Warriors with 17 points followed by Kaury 12, Carson 10, Morgan 6, and Jackson 6. Everyone got playing time for the Warriors and everyone ended up on the stat sheet in a positive way. The 63 point output was the largest for the Warriors this year shooting 64 percent from the field. The team dominated the boards with 28 total rebounds and also shared the ball with 16 steals and 18 assists. This was a great game for the Warriors who move on to the 2nd round of the NPL tournament to take on the Sylvan-Lucas Mustangs. The Warriors look to avenge the seven point loss the Mustangs gave the Warriors in the Tescott Pre-Season tournament.

Game 2- Warriors Take Down #3 State Ranked Sylvan-Lucas

The Warrior’s went into the quarterfinal game matched up against the third ranked team in the state from Sylvan-Lucas. The game was a back and forth affair with nobody gaining a real advantage throughout the entire game. It was tied 12-12 at halftime and took a last second buzzer beating shot by senior Blake Gumm to end the game in a VICTORY for the Warriors 28-25. It was a low scoring slow paced game by both teams making every possession critical. The win now puts the Warriors into the Semi-Final game vs. St. John’s/Tipton. This win puts the Warriors at 6-4 on the year and getting revenge for an earlier loss to Sylvan-Lucas in the preseason tournament at Tescott.

Game 3- Warriors Hit Road Block

In their quest to reach the championship game of the NPL tournament, the Warriors ran into a road block when they faced the St. John’s/Tipton Blujays. The Warriors came out and executed the game plan in the first quarter leading 5-3 after one. The Blujays made adjustments and shot the ball from three point land putting the Warriors behind the eight ball and never really being able to catch back up. The Warriors will now face Lakeside to try and earn the 3rd place finish in the tournament.

Game 4- Warriors take down Knights

The Warriors took home some hardware from the Northern Plains Tournament earning the 3rd place medals from the tournament. The Warriors beat the Lakeside Knights 44-34 in the final game of the tournament. The team earned 10 star points which shows how hard they played in the game. The Warriors were led by Ryan Paillet with 16 points followed by Blake Gumm with 15, Avery Wyatt 6, and other players with one or two baskets. With foul trouble plaguing the Warriors in the third quarter they decided to burn some clock and try and keep the lead going into the fourth quarter where the Warriors could be full strength again. The strategic plan worked well and lead 29-24 going into the 4th quarter. Winning 3rd place in the tournament was really exciting for the team. Coach Flinn and the team would like to thank the administration of USD 334 for making tough decision with weather and all the fans that came to the NPL tournament and cheered us on.

NPL Tournament 3rd Place Team

Front Row(L-R): Nevin Gold, Gabe Rice, Matt Paillet, Ryan Paillet, Avery Wyatt. Back Row(L-R): Coach Flinn & son, Blake Gumm, Morgan Coleman, Kaury Stout, Carson Bellows, Jackson Burch, Zach Paillet.


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