Purdy's magical run ends in quarterfinal

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Purdy's Luis Cruz looks for an open teammate during varsity action on Saturday. Rance Burger Special to Cassville Democrat

Team to follow similar blueprint for next season

The Purdy boys basketball team's magical postseason run ended on Saturday with a 71-48 loss to Hartville in the Class 2 quarterfinal.

A year after going 12-13, the Eagles finished the 2015-2016 campaign 20-9.

Purdy's Tyler Keeler brings the ball up the floor during state quarterfinal action on Saturday. Rance Burger Special to Cassville Democrat

"I'm so proud of our guys and the season they put together," said Tommy Egan, Purdy coach. "These boys put it all on the line every night. I hate to see it end, but we have no regrets on how we played the season."

The Eagles knew the the No. 1 Hartville squad was good. Egan said after the game, the Purdy squad had played teams with Hartville's size this season, but not their speed.

"They were as fast as we were," Egan said. "If they were big, that would have been one thing, but they were beating us down the floor, and that had not happened all season."

Hunter Cook's basket for Purdy with 1:19 left in the first period tied the score at 10-10, but that would be the high water mark for the Black and Gold. Hartville responded with a 29-7 surge that encompassed the remainder of the half. 
Purdy was unable to narrow the

gap in the third and fourth quarters.

"This season was great," Egan said. "The loss hurts right now, and it should, but when we look back on this year and see all that we accomplished, we'll talk about how 
great it was."

Egan said the bar has been set high for future Purdy teams and this team's success should motivate future players.

"We have a good nucleus returning next season," Egan said. "I think we will surprise some teams. We just have to put 
in the work."

Scoring for the Eagles: Cook, 12; Sydney Birge, 10; Tyler Keeler, 9; Jonatan Salazar, 8; Raul Garcia, Ricky Aldaba and Logan Easley, 3 each.

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