H-Men rebound, top Eagles


December 6, 2018

John Hamilton

TWO AND THE FOUL - Plains junior Treydon Brouillette made this shot and was fouled by Brennan Cox on the play against Valley Christian in Frenchtown Saturday.

Some things seem to never change.

One of those things is the fact that the Plains boys always seem to have a competitive basketball team, no matter who is coaching them in any particular season.

An assistant to Mike Cole the past several seasons, Tyrell Allen coached his first two games as the Horsemen's main man last week.

Holding true to the Horsemen's tradition of quality basketball squads, the Plains boys split their first two games of the season in the Western C Tip-Off tourney in Frenchtown, falling 53-47 to Drummond Friday before rebounding with a resounding 54-32 win over Valley Christian Saturday.

The 1-1 Horsemen will continue the season hosting Darby in another non-conference game Saturday. The Darby boys are now coached by former Plains Trotter coach Richard Griffin, who just took that job this fall.

"We are looking forward to this game," Allen said. "It will be a pretty cool thing going up against Griff, it should be a lot of fun for everyone involved."

Allen said the Horsemen started out their first game last week very cold. "It was a struggle in the first half with everyone trying to figure things out," he said. "But, once we got untracked we played a lot better in the second half."

Trailing 24-15 at the half, the Horsemen outscored Drummond 32-29 in the third and fourth quarters.

Derick Curry poured in 25 points to lead Plains, Jake Weyers added nine, Treydon Brouillette six, Matt McCracken four, Nathan McNulty two and Esvin Reyes one.

Luke Holland paced Drummond with 15 points and Riley Allen scored 10.

The game with Valley Christian went the Horsemen's way from the start as Plains utilized an effective pressure defense to vault out to a 21-3 lead after one quarter. Allen went down his bench freely from there on out.

"That was a good one to get under our belts," he said. "We have a bunch of kids that need floor time, and we were able to do that in this game."

Brouillette and Reyes scored 11 points each to lead the balanced Horsemen, Tucker Foster added seven, Weyers and Curry six apiece, McCracken five, Parker Flock and McNulty three each, and Nathan Feliska two.

Branson Becker led Valley Christian with seven points and Riley Reimer and Ty Messner scored six apiece.

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