Third quarter of season begins for Eagles

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Purdy’s Fernando Garcia drives to the hoop for the Eagles in a win over Exeter on Thursday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Purdy rolls into Sarcoxie championship

Purdy and Billings battle for the championship of the Sarcoxie tourney tonight (Wednesday) after the Eagles rolled over College Heights in the semifinal on Saturday, 63-52.

Purdy is seeking a strong finish to what is now a great season.

A quick start led to a 79-34 win for Purdy (11-5) over Exeter in the opening round of the Sarcoxie Tournament on Thursday.

The start allowed Purdy Coach Jeremy Dresslaer to go to his bench early and often, allowing his younger players to gain valuable varsity experience.

“Tonight was a good night to let those younger guys see what varsity play is about,” Dresslaer said. “We have six seniors that chew up the bulk of our minutes. To be able to rotate these young guys in only helps us get stronger.”

Dresslaer said he breaks the season down into quarters.

The offseason through the first week of games is the first quarter. The time between the first week and the new year ends the second quarter. January, until conference play, is the third quarter, and conference play through districts is the fourth quarter.

“Right now, I told the guys we have to win the first three minutes of our season’s third quarter,” Dresslaer said. “A first-year coach with players still learning his system, I like where we are at, and I feel like we will be hitting our stride in the fourth quarter.”

One thing Dresslaer was happy to see was his starters taking care of business early.

“We always want to share the ball and make that extra pass,” Dresslaer said. “We pushed the tempo early and were able to take control of the game. We’ll take the win.”

Scoring for Purdy: Colt Keeling, 25; Tyler Keeler, 17; Joby Young, 10; Osiel Aldaba, 5; Hunter Cook, 4; Fernando Garcia, 4; Harvey Stephens, 4; Bryan Ruiz, 4; Jose Sancez, 3; Mason Schallert, 2; Kole Rea, 1.

The championship game is slated to tip at 8 p.m.

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