With victories last week over Bridge Creek and Garber Purcell has now won seven in a row and 12 out of its last 13 basketball games.
Purcell had three players in double figures in their 60-44 victory at Bridge Creek February 1 led by Malachi Evans with 18. Hayden Ice finished with 16 and Lincoln Eubank knocked down 11.
The Dragons topped that Saturday afternoon in a matinee beat down of Garber, 72-39, when five players had double digit scoring outings.
Ice led all scorers with 19. Nate Willis finished with 15 with Evans right on his heels with a 14 point outing. Kobe Freeman cut the nylons for 11 and Eubank finished with 10.
Purcell will make up a lost home game with Lexington tonight (Thursday) for the game that was originally set for last Friday but the snow storm proved to be the winner forcing postponement.
“I’ve been very proud of this group,” Raper said. “We were able to win some big games over ranked teams.
“In the game against Garber we had five players in double figures. That is a strength of this team. We have five players who could lead us in scoring on any given night.
“We have the ability to score both inside and outside with the make up of this team. We were able to gain some valuable experience with our young players Jett Tyler and Brayden Tharp during a four-game stretch that we had kids out and that has been a bonus.
“It has been so key to the development of our depth. The leadership of this group has been incredible especially the senior group of Nate Willis, Adolfo Vasquez and Cooper Hall.
“This is a very fun group to watch play. We look forward to finishing out conference play with four tough games remaining,” the coach said.
“This will be great preparation for playoffs in which we look to make a serious run,” he concluded.
Purcell took a 15-3 record into Tuesday’s home game with the Lindsay Leopards.
Coach David Sikes’ Dragons took a 11-7 record into the Lindsay game.
Purcell will host Lexington tonight (Thursday) and travel to Marlow Friday.
The Dragons split games last week defeating Bridge Creek 51-19. Purcell was led by Kenna Esparza with 10 points. Tinley Winters and KK Eck led the offense with seven each in a 39-30 setback at the hands of Garber last Saturday.
“We played extremely hard against Bridge Creek but we could not seem to find the bottom of the basket in the first half.
“In the second half we continued our tough play and finally got some shots to fall.
“Garber is a state tournament team in Class A. We played them tough and competed at a state championship level. We had a lot of opportunities but just couldn’t capitalize. My team is growing up and learning,” Sikes said.
“We were outsized at every position but still won the rebounding. That tells me we are capable and now have to keep that going,” he concluded.
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