Purdy punches ticket to quarterfinals

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Purdy boys basketball team celebrates its sectional win over Blue Eye on Wednesday. Julie Keeler/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Eagles hold off Blue Eye in sectional thriller, 69-63

CARTHAGE — Fans from Purdy got their money’s worth on Wednesday night, as the Eagles boys basketball team punched their ticket to the Class 2 quarterfinal round on Saturday with a 69-63 victory over Blue Eye.

The game plan for Purdy coming into the game was attack the glass and get layups or fouled for free throws.

The plan worked.

The Eagles shot 37 times from the charity stripe, making 31 of those attempts. In fact, 17 of their 24 fourth-quarter points came at the line.

Neither team was able to establish must of an advantage in the game. Blue Eye held a 15-10 lead briefly in the first quarter for its largest advantage. Purdy opened up a 6-point edge, 54-48, with 5:35 left in regulation, only to see it turn into a 58-57 deficit with 3:35 left in the game.

“I thought the last three quarters we just ground and found a way to play Purdy basketball,” said Jeremy Dresslaer, Purdy coach. “We executed our game plan, worried about Purdy and our guys did their jobs.”

Blue Eye led 21-20 at the end of the first quarter, but it was the Eagles that took a 35-33 edge into the intermission. The Bulldogs roared out of the locker room and took a 37-35 lead to start the third quarter, but it was the Eagles that soared back in front 45-44 to start the final 8 minutes of play.

Scoring for Purdy: Colt Keeling, 27; Tyler Keeler, 14; Joby Young, 10; Hunter Cook, 7; Osiel Aldava, 5; Jose Sanchez, 5; and Kyler Propps.

The Eagles play Crocker at 6:45 p.m. at the O’Rielly.

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