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NPL Basketball Tournament 2023

By: Mr. Roger Perkins

February 09, 2023

Northern Plains League Tournament

The Warriors started the Northern Plains League tournament with a forfeit/win against the Rock Hills Grizzlies on Friday night, January 13.  This put the Warriors in top bracket to face the top seeded Osborne Bulldogs at Lincoln High School, on Monday, January 16. 


Warriors take on Bulldogs

The Warriors played the second game of the Northern Plains League tournament with a loss against the #5 ranked Osborne Bulldogs on Monday night, January 16, at Lincoln High School. This put the Warriors in the back side of the bracket at Lincoln Grade School. The Warriors got off to a slow start only scoring 6 points in the first quarter, trailing by 9 at 15-6.  The second quarter was a little better for the boys, getting outscored by the Bulldogs 10-7 and trailing by only 12 points at halftime 25-13.  The second half the Warriors got off to a better start, they were outscored by 1 point, thus, giving the Bulldogs a 13 point lead going into the fourth quarter 36-23.  In the 4th quarter, the Bulldogs were on fire shooting lights out scoring 24 points to the Warriors 8, losing 60-31. The Warriors only made 12 out of 31 shots, shooting 40% from the field, we just didn’t shoot enough. The Warriors turned the ball over 20 times. 

Leading the scoring for the Warriors was Kye Chase 9 & Levi Cool with 7, followed by Trenton Welch with 6 points, with Bryson Schmidt 4 and Gus Rice with 3. Dante Peterson rounded out the scoring with 2 points.  The Warriors were lead in rebounding by Levi and Trenton with 12 each, Kye added7 boards.  Levi had 3 assists for the contest.


Warriors take on Panthers

In the third game of the NPL tournament, the Warriors played the Pike Valley Panthers for the second time in 7 days. On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Lincoln Grade School.  The first quarter the Panthers outscored the Warriors by 1 point, 9-8.  The Warriors played a good first quarter.  The second quarter was not as good for the Warriors being outscored 18-9, trailing at half 27-17.  The Warriors came out of the locker room outscoring the Panthers 15-12, but still trailed 39-32.  The fourth quarter both teams struggled to score. The Warriors were outscored by the Panthers 8-5, but that wasn’t enough for the Warriors to get a win, losing 47-37.

Leading the way for the Warriors was Trenton Welch with a season high 22 points followed by Levi Cool with 6 points. Also scoring for the Warriors was Kye Chase with 4 points, Dante Peterson with 3 points and Bryson Schmidt with 2 points.  The Warriors only made 14 out 56 shots, shooting 25% from the field.  The Warriors shot a cold 38% from the free throw line, making 3 out of 8 free throws. The Warriors turned the ball over 17 times for the game.


Warrior Battle Dragons

The Warriors continued play on Friday, January 20, at the NPL tournament against the Wilson Dragon.  This was the third time the Warriors had played the Dragons. This was the 7th place game of the NPL tournament. The first quarter the Warriors didn’t get off to a good start, trailing 11-6.  The second quarter was much better with the Warriors outscoring the Dragons 10-7, trailing at half 18-16.  The Warriors came out of the locker room taking control of the quarter outscoring the Dragons 14-10, giving the Warriors a lead going in the fourth quarter, 30-28.  The fourth quarter saw both teams scoring 11 points each, giving the Warriors their 4th win of the season 41-39.


Leading the way for the Warriors was Trenton Welch with 20 points followed by Kye Chase and Levi Cool with 9 and 7 points each. Bryson Schmidt had 3 points and rounding out the scoring was Dante Peterson with 2 points. Bryson lead the way with 10 rebounds followed closely by Kye with 8. Gus Rice had 5 rebounds. The Warriors only made 17 out 41 shoots, shooting 41 % from the field.  The Warriors turned the ball over 20 times for the game.  


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