Platte-Geddes upsets No. 2 Langford Area in Class B
ABERDEEN — After a slow start, the Platte-Geddes boys’ basketball team took out a higher seed for the second straight year in the first round of the state tournament.
The seventh-seeded Black Panthers (17-6) shot 72 percent in the second half and topped No. 2 Langford Area (21-3) 58-50 in the quarterfinals of the Class B state tournament Thursday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen.
“I had a good feeling coming into this game,” Platte-Geddes junior Carter Dykstra said, adding there is a confidence with the Black Panthers uncommon among most No. 7 seeds.
Platte-Geddes, as an eight seed, defeated No. 1 Clark/Willow Lake in the first round of the Class A tournament last year.
The Black Panthers fell behind early with the Lions taking a 14-4 lead early in the first quarter. Dykstra said the team had a few state tournament jitters. But once the Black Panthers calmed down, they climbed within reach of Langford.
Platte-Geddes stormed back, tying the game in the second quarter at 18 and trailed by three heading into halftime.
“Fundamentally, I thought we played better after the first quarter,” Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler said. “We panicked a little early, throwing the ball away, but we slowly got back in it and made shots.”
Out of the locker room, junior Coby Johnson took over, scoring 20 of his game-high 28 points in the second half. Johnson added 12 rebounds for the double-double.
Johnson gave the Black Panthers their first lead of the game at the end of the third quarter on a layup as time expired. Johnson was fouled on the play and hit the free throw to give his team the 34-33 advantage.
“About as many people probably picked us to win this year as they did last year,” Johnson said.
Platte-Geddes outscored Langford 24-17 in the fourth quarter to pull away and secure a spot in the state semifinals against Ethan at 7:45 p.m. today.
Dykstra added 12 points for the Black Panthers, while Kole Heller scored nine and finished with a game-high five assists in the win. The team shot 22-of-38 from the field and 12-of-14 from the free-throw line, while doubling up the Lions on the boards 28-14.
Bo Fries led the Lions with 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting, while Drew Planteen added 13 points and team-high six rebounds. Langford shot 17-of-42 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line.
“We came into this game with thoughts of playing in the championship game,” Langford coach Paul Raasch said. “That is what’s tough about the tournament.”
The Lions play White River at 1:45 p.m. today in the consolation bracket.
PLATTE-GEDDES 58, LANGFORD AREA 50PLATTE-GEDDES (18-6): Heller 4-7 0-0 9, Dykstra 5-11 1-1 12, Wagner 2-3 0-0 4, Johnson 9-15 10-12 28, Peterson 2-2 1-1 5. Totals: 22-38 12-14 58.LANGFORD AREA (21-3): Blanchard 1-1 0-0 3, Olson 1-1 0-0 3, Fries 7-17 2-2 19, Anderson 0-3 0-0 0, Larson 1-3 0-0 3, Planteen 3-7 7-10 13, Punt 4-10 0-0 9. Totals: 17-42 9-12 50.PG 10 20 34 58LA 16 23 33 503-pointers: PG 2-6 (Heller 1-2, Dykstra 1-2, Johnson 0-2), Langford 7-24 (Blanchard 1-1, Olson 1-1, Fried 2-10, Anderson 0-2, Larson 1-3, Planteen 0-1, Punt 1-6). Rebounds: PG 28 (Johnson 12), Langford 14 (Planteen 6). Assists: PG 9 (Heller 5), Langford 7 (Planteen 2, Fries 2). Total fouls: PG 10, Langford 15.