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Black Panthers capture 7th place

ABERDEEN--Much like its season, Platte-Geddes started slow on Saturday. But also much like its season, the Black Panthers finished strong. Platte-Geddes overcame a sluggish start and coasted past Harding County 59-33 in the seventh place game at ...

Platte-Geddes' Malachi Girton (24) shoots over Harding County's Trig Olson and Jarret Jenseon, behind, during the seventh place game at the Class B boys basketball tournament on Saturday at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen. (Ryan Deal/Republic)
Platte-Geddes' Malachi Girton (24) shoots over Harding County's Trig Olson and Jarret Jenseon, behind, during the seventh place game at the Class B boys basketball tournament on Saturday at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen. (Ryan Deal/Republic)

ABERDEEN-Much like its season, Platte-Geddes started slow on Saturday.

But also much like its season, the Black Panthers finished strong.

Platte-Geddes overcame a sluggish start and coasted past Harding County 59-33 in the seventh place game at the Class B boys basketball at Wachs Arena.

The Black Panthers, who lost seven of their first 11 games, finished their season on a high note with the win over the Ranchers.

Fueled by Cooper Kanthak (18 points), Malachi Girton (14 points) and Trevor Sprik (10 points), Platte-Geddes pulled away from Harding County after a slow first quarter.

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The Black Panthers and Ranchers were stuck on 2-2 for a long stretch in the first period. Platte-Geddes led 5-4 after the frame and it blew the contest open with a 22-7 second quarter burst.

Platte-Geddes led 27-11 at halftime and never looked back.

The Black Panthers finish their season 15-11.

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