RUSSELL, Kan. An 18 point first quarter set the tone for the Plainville Cardinals to defeat the Ulysses Tigers by a score of 57 to 45 in the boys semifinal of the Amos Morris Classic.
The Tigers only points of the quarter came from a three pointer scored in the first minute of play.
The second quarter proved more fruitful for Ulysses. They put up 13 points in the quarter. They trailed 25 to 16 at the halftime horn.
Plainville put the game away in the third quarter. Jared Casey made two three pointers and Clay Pelton drained three more. Casey added a two point field goal for a 17 point quarter.
Ulysses only added 11 to their score. They trailed 42 to 27 at the end of the quarter.
The Tigers did outscore Plainville in the fourth quarter, but it was only by three points. The Cardinals won the game with a score of 57 to 45.
"It was a goal coming into the year to get to the championship game of any tournament we played in," said Plainville Head Coach Chris Drees.
"We played something defensively in the first quarter that we haven't showed before and that kept Ulysses off balance. Our kids executed the game plan very well in the first quarter."
Jared Casey led all scorers with 15 points. Clay Pelton scored 11 points. Both Anders Dewey and Kaiden VanSchuyver added 10 points for the game.
Trey Duran scored 12 to lead the Tigers in points. Lance Walker scored 11 points. Aaron Galindo contributed 10 points to the total.
Ulysses will face Central Plains for the third place game on Saturday.
Plainville will take on regular foe Phillipsburg for the Championship game on Saturday.
"I think it will be a good game. I know Coach Sides will have something for us," said Coach Drees. "We have not beaten them in the past three to four years.
"I know our guys expended a lot of energy tonight. They can rest on Sunday. I'm sure they will come ready to play in the Championship game.