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Philip squeezed out by Stanley County

The Philip Scotties basketball team hosted the Stanley County Buffaloes, Thursday, December 16.

Philip 7 13 13 18 = 51

Stanley Co. 13 15 8 18 = 54

The Scotties allowed two baskets before they got on the scoreboard two and a half minutes into the game. Three pointers and free throw shots let the Buffaloes to increase that lead to 2-8. Then Philip rallied to end the first quarter 7-13. In the second quarter, the Scotties struggled to close the gap, succeeding to a 17-18 score. But Stanley County again pulled away, owing somewhat to the number of free throws they were given and their game average 59 percent success rate. The half ended 20-28.

The second half was a better time for the home audience, with the Scotties actually gaining on their opponents in the third quartet. Philip took the lead at the 7:20 mark of the fourth quarter, 37-36. Basket for basket was traded and the game was still tied, 47-47, at the 1:40 mark and again, 49-49, at the :40 mark. After hard play, a referee's inadvertant whistle, and several Stanley County free throw shots, that tie changed to a game end 51-54 score in favor of Stanley County.

Philip scorers: Jeff O'Connell and Jade Nelson - 13 each, Gunner Hook - 12, Brandon O'Dea - 6, Jordan Hauk - 5, Austin O'Dea - 2.

Stanley County scorers: Brady Aberle - 19, Jacob Miller - 14, Latrell LaRoche - 12, Robby Jefferies - 5, Austin Lopour and Cody Heckenlaible - 2 each.

Philip field goal percentage - 49 (22 of 45). Stanley County had 19 field goals. Philip three pointer percentage - 14 (1 of 7). Stanley County sank one three-pointer. Free throw percentage: Philip - 44 (4 of 9), Stanley County - 59 (13 of 22).

Philip assists - 10. Leaders: O'Connell and Nelson - 3 each, B. O'Dea - 2, Hauk and Hook - 1 each.

Philip rebounds - 22. Leaders: Hook - 8, Hauk - 5, Nelson - 4, O'Connell - 2, A. O'Dea, B. O'Dea and Tate DeJong - 1 each.

Philip steals - 11. Leaders: O'Connell - 7, A. O'Dea, B. O'Dea, Nelson and Hook - 1 each.

Philip blocks - 1 by Hook.

Philip turnovers - 15. Fouls: Philip - 15, Stanley County - 16.

The Philip junior varsity fared no better. Though they took the lead in the first quarter, the Scotties fell behind before halftime. They could never quite regain their momentum in the second half. The game ended with a 37-44 loss for Philip.

Philip 16 2 6 13 = 37

Stanley Co. 8 14 6 16 = 44

Philip scorers: Thomas Doolittle - 17, Beau Ferguson - 5, Kyle Schulz and Cody Reder - 4 each, Tate DeJong - 3, Cassidy Schnabel and Casey Reder - 2 each.

Stanley County scorers: Cody Heckenlaible - 14, Kaiden Karst - 9, Kevin Anderson - 6, Tucker Fischbach, Abel Bubuli and Brady Washecheck - 4 each, Jamie Eulberg -2, Chandler Nelson - 1.

Philip field goal percentage - 27 (11 of 41. Stanley County had 19 field goals. Philip three point percentage - 30 (3 of 10). Stanley County sank one three pointer. Free throw percentage: Philip - 100 (6 of 6), Stanley County - 50 (3 of 6).

Philip assists - 4. Leaders: Cody Reder - 2, Schulz and Doolittle - 1 each.

Philip rebounds - 20. Leaders: DeJong - 4, Schulz and Kammerer - 3 each, Wyatt Schaack - 2, Gavin Brucklacher, Brian Pfeifle, Schnabel, Quade Slovek, Doolittle, Casey Reder, Cody Reder and Ferguson - 1 each.

Philip steals - 4. Leaders: Doolittle - 2, Schaack and Brucklacher - 1 each.

Philip turnovers - 7. Fouls: Philip - 12, Stanley County - 10.