Purdy preps for Pirates

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Purdy’s Osiel Aldava sinks a reverse layup during the Eagles’ 55-44 win over Seneca Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Eagles coming off win over Seneca

At this point in the basketball season, teams don’t necessarily like to have only one game over a week’s time, but for Purdy, a full week of preparation for Friday’s contest against Crane may be just what the Eagles need.

Purdy (13-4) is coming off a 55-44 victory over Seneca on Homecoming night, a game Coach Ryan Stokes said was a challenging one.

Purdy’s Cash Keeling shoots for 2 in the Eagles’ 55-44 win over Seneca Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

“All wins are good wins, and we were happy to get that one,” he said. “We had some injuries, nothing major, that forced us to use some guys late that we wouldn’t normally use, and they did a great job stepping up for us and closing out the game.”

Along with the injuries were some game-long shooting woes, but the Eagles were able to overcome.

“We did not shoot our best,” Stokes said. “We were 3-for-18 from the 3-point line, so we have to get better if we want to win a district title. Normally, we hit 6-7 threes a game. We had the guys we wanted to shoot doing the shooting and had good looks. It’s just getting later in the season and legs may be getting tired. We always want to average 1 point per possession, which we still did Friday, to be in a good spot to win.”

Where the Eagles lacked in range shooting they made up for on the back end of the court.

“It helped that Seneca wasn’t shooting that much better than us, and we also had 11 second-chance points to their zero,” Stokes said. “We rebounded the ball well, and we only had 11 turnovers, so I was happy there.”

Stokes said looking forward, Purdy has to be more efficient on offense and be better at stopping other teams’ shooters, especially in the final quarter. This week’s lone contest against Crane will be a good opportunity for the Eagles to show their grit.

“Crane will be a great test,” Stokes said. “They will be tough, physical, play man-to-man full court and will pressure us like crazy. We have to limit our turnovers and limit them to one shot per possession.”

Stokes said leading up to the game, his players will be shoring up their shooting and working on beating the Pirates’ high-pressure system.

“We have to handle the pressure well and take care of the basketball,” Stokes said. “It’s not ideal to have only one game, but if there was a team to have a full week to prepare for, it’s this one.”

Purdy was scheduled to play Southwest on Tuesday, but that game was postponed to Feb. 18.

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