Boys' Basketball

Boys Basketball 2019

North Platte Boys Basketball Goes to the Championship

Early in the basketball season the boys team had a rough go and were searching for a win. Their first win came against Northland Christian High School with a huge lead of 66-35.

The North Platte boys team only had three wins in the regular season, and went into the MSHSAA District Tournament as the 7th seed. Their first game of the postseason was against the first team they played in the regular season, KC Lutheran High School, who came into the tournament with a 12-8 record and previously beat NP 44-57, even with a few of their key players out. Needless to say, North Platte had something to prove.

The odds were against the Panthers in the first round of the tournament, but they came out with a win, 76-66. Coach Roe said, "We competed at a high level against Lutheran. We changed our offensive philosophy and the guys executed the game plan."

The next game was against their KCI Conference rivals, West Platte. These teams played twice in the regular season, and both games were barn-burners. Unfortunately, WP took the win in both regular season games. But in the District Tournament when the 3rd seed Blue Jays faced the Panthers, the NP boys were playing to win. After beating KC Lutheran, the Panthers had a lot of momentum going into the West Platte game and won with a score of 47-43. "Beating Weston is a huge rival game for us. It was good to see the guys compete and finish," Coach Roe proudly stated.

The next game led North Platte to the championship against 1st seed Plattsburg, with their 6'6 forward who could make threes and score inside. Unfortunately, the Panthers took the loss this time, 49-68. Coach Roe said, "Plattsburg was just a better overall team. We competed and played hard. We definitely got better as the season went on!"

The Panthers found immense success in the 2018-19 postseason, and it was impressive to see the amount of growth and progress made. All NP Panther fans know that there are more championships on the horizon for this team. Congratulations, boys!

Written by Joe DeMarcus
NP Senior