PLATTSMOUTH – The Plattsmouth boys squared off with Waverly and Syracuse this weekend in a pair of home basketball games.
Waverly 63, Plattsmouth 40
The Blue Devils began Friday night’s matchup with Waverly on a positive note. The team scored on its first three trips and went ahead 11-2 midway through the opening quarter. Luke Setlak drained a pair of 3-pointers in the first two minutes and Kobe Cruse knocked home a corner trey soon after that.
Plattsmouth head coach Kevin Tilson said the Blue Devils were energized by a large Senior Night crowd. Setlak, Cruse, Charlie Knust, Draven Ray, Kaleb Church, Carson Blecke and Brandon Dilly were all honored prior to the contest.
“It was a big night for our seniors because of all the time and effort that they’ve put into the program,” Tilson said. “We came out really hot from the field and did a nice job early on. The seniors made some big-time shots for us right away.”
Waverly erased that momentum with a productive second quarter of offense. The Vikings scored on 11 of 12 trips in the period and created a 33-21 halftime lead. Six-foot-six senior Jacob Hruska scored twice early in the stretch and blocked two Plattsmouth shots on the other end. Six-foot-two Mason Nieman collected four points and junior guard Ben Carter knocked home a pair of 3-pointers.
“We knew they were going to be pretty tough inside with the caliber of post players that they have,” Tilson said. “I thought we fought with them pretty well in the first quarter, but they simply made the plays they needed to in the second quarter. The run they had in the second quarter made a big difference in the game.”
Waverly maintained the double-digit margin in the second half. The team led 44-30 after three quarters and swelled the lead to 51-31 early in the fourth period.
Stockton Graham guided Plattsmouth’s offense with 12 points and three rebounds. Setlak collected nine points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, and Cruse tallied seven points, three assists and two boards. Knust chipped in five points and eight rebounds.
Dilly finished with one point and two assists and Hunter Adkins pocketed four points, five rebounds and three assists. Andrew Rathman secured two points, one rebound and one steal and Ray hauled in one rebound.
Waverly 10 23 11 19 – 63
Plattsmouth 14 7 9 10 – 40
Setlak 3-6 0-0 9, Cruse 3-3 0-0 7, Adkins 1-7 1-2 4, Rathman 0-3 2-2 2, Knust 1-7 3-6 5, Ray 0-0 0-0 0, Dilly 0-2 1-2 1, Colbert 0-1 0-0 0, Graham 4-10 3-3 12, Cole 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-39 10-15 40.
Syracuse 68, Plattsmouth 47
Syracuse used a fast start to control Saturday afternoon’s contest. The team secured a 21-5 lead after one quarter and built a 36-10 advantage at the break. Plattsmouth regrouped at halftime and scored 25 points in the third period. The team doubled up Syracuse 12-6 in the last eight minutes to create the final margin.
“We had a pretty rough first half,” Tilson said. “We found a way to play better in the second half but the deficit was too much.”
Rathman generated a double-double effort of 15 points, ten rebounds and one steal. Setlak collected 13 points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist, and Adkins produced eight points, six rebounds, two assists and one block.
Ray posted two points, three rebounds and one steal and Knust tallied two points and two rebounds. Tucker Anderson chipped in five points, one board and one steal, Kaleb Church posted two points and one rebound and Dilly made two pass deflections. Cruse added two assists and one steal for the team.
Syracuse 21 15 26 6 – 68
Plattsmouth 5 5 25 12 – 47
Setlak 5-8 0-0 13, Cruse 0-3 0-0 0, Adkins 1-4 6-10 8, Rathman 5-10 5-6 15, Knust 0-2 2-4 2, Anderson 1-5 2-2 5, Ray 1-1 0-0 2, Dilly 0-1 0-0 0, Church 0-0 2-2 2, Blecke 0-1 0-0 0, Colbert 0-1 0-0 0, Graham 0-0 0-0 0, Cole 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-38 17-24 47.