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Johnson leads Platte-Geddes to victory over Sully Buttes

Platte-Geddes' Carter Dykstra goes up for a layup as he is defended by two Sully Buttes defenders during a high school basketball game at the DWU Culver's Boys' Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Aaron Saunders/Republic) 2 / 2

The last trip to the Corn Palace was not a success for the Platte-Geddes boys’ basketball team, falling to McCook Central/Montrose 59-43 at the Hanson Classic last year.

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But Saturday, Platte-Geddes junior forward Coby Johnson made sure his team would not leave the Corn Palace with a loss as he poured in 30 points to help the Black Panthers (11-5) beat Sully Buttes 65-41 at the DWU Culver’s Boys’ Basketball Classic.

“Sully Buttes is a great team,” Johnson said. “We knew it was going to be a great challenge and we gave it our best out there. The shots were falling for me. It usually doesn’t go that well, but tonight was my night.”

Johnson did his damage on the inside and outside for the Black Panthers, shooting 11-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-8 from the three-point range. The forward scored 15 points in the first half and finished with three assists and four rebounds.

“Coby shot it very well,” Platte-Geddes boys’ basketball coach Frank Cutler said. “The kids were getting the basketball to him. He is pretty good and he was tonight. We were able to handle the ball well and handle the pressure.”

The Black Panthers held a 16-12 lead over the Sully Buttes at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Chargers (11-5) 18-7 in the second quarter to take a 34-19 lead into halftime. Along with Johnson, Platte-Geddes got contributions from Carter Dykstra, who scored nine points in the first half and finished with 15 and five rebounds.

The Black Panther lead ballooned to 57-33 in the second half after Platte-Geddes scored 23 points in the third quarter.

“I thought at halftime, when we had only four turnovers that was a big key,” Cutler said. “I think we were able advance against their pressure, then we got it inside to the high post. We made some threes and got the ball to the high post against their zone and got some open looks and were able to make them.”

The Charger offense never got going. Sully Buttes finished 13-of-41 from the field and 9-of-17 from the free-throw line. Brayden Wittler had 12 points to lead the way for the Chargers, while Lewis Hofer added 11 points.

Platte-Geddes hosts Scotland Monday in Platte, while Sully Buttes plays Mobridge-Pollock Monday in Onida.

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SB 12 19 33 41