Photo by James Parrish
Andrew O'Neill of St. Pat's blocks out Ogallala's Alex Ewert.
North Platte St. Pat's dominated the glass on Tuesday in its 65-34 win over Ogallala at the McGahan Activities Center.
St. Pat's coach Bill O'Malley said his team's rebounding made a big difference.
"I thought our offensive rebounding was important," he said. "We weren't hitting shots but our inside guys were relentless on the boards."
As big of a blowout as the game turned out to be, it was a struggle for the Irish (4-0) early on.
St. Pat's took a 10-5 lead when Mark Mayfield made a pair of free throws nearly five minutes in that followed buckets by Drew McClellen and Andrew O'Neill.
But Ogallala (0-5) answered back and the Indians came within one on a three-pointer by Adam Crandall with 22 seconds left in the first quarter that made it 13-12.
In the second quarter, St. Pat's stretched its lead again and they took a 23-16 lead after Alex Harms made two straight baskets and at halftime it was 27-18.
"I felt like that Ogallala made some difficult shots (in the first half)," O'Malley said. "It was similar to Saturday's (win over Hershey) where we had to play good defense. (The first half) was competitive and (Ogallala) made plays."
The Irish pulled away in the second half. They took a 33-23 lead after Harms made a transition layup.
Then at the end of the third quarter, Mayfield nailed a turn-around three at the buzzer in front of the St. Pat's student section and Strutters dance team to make it 45-28 going into the fourth.
The Irish dominated the fourth just like the third and they won going away.
"We started to get some stops and we got things going," O'Malley said. "We closed the third quarter well."
Ogallala 12 6 10 6 - 34
St. Pat's 13 14 18 20 - 65
Ogallala (34)-Jordan Cogdill 3, Adam Crandall 11, Dylan Folchert 6, Jared Jaeger 4, Easton Tuttle 4, Alex Ewert 6
St. Pat's (65)-Bryce Byrn 6, Jacob Cook 3, Drew McClellen 8, Cory Clinch 3, Andrew O'Neill 13, Alex Harms 15, Mark Mayfield 17
Free Throws: O 3-6, SP 14-19; Three Point Goals: O 3 (Crandall 2, Cogdill), SP 5 (Mayfield 3, Byrn 2)