PERU, Neb. – With 12:35 left in the second half, the Peru State men’s basketball team was trailing the Falcons from Friends (Kan.) on the Bobcats’ home court. At that point, the Bobcat coaches implored their team to get some defensive stops.
While assistant coach Mark Ritchie wanted just four stops, the Bobcats came up with approximately 15 stops and outscored the Falcons 30-9 after that point.
Peru State won 85-74 in the non-conference match-up with Friends to improve to 7-5 on the season. The Falcons fell to 7-7 with the loss.
Quantice Hunter led all scorers with 28 points on 10 of 19 shooting from the floor. Seth Snoddy added 15 on 7 of 8 shooting while LJ Westbrook contributed 14 points while making 5 of 6 field goals. All nine Bobcats playing finished in the scoring column
Noah Vasa (Nebraska City) led the Bobcats with eight rebounds.
Peru State will take a few days off for the holidays before returning shortly after Christmas to begin practice as they will compete in the Mike Miller Classic hosted by Dakota Wesleyan in the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.
On Friday, Dec. 29, the Bobcats will take on the tourney hosts at 8:30 p.m. The Tigers are presently 10-4 overall and have won five in a row. On Saturday, the ‘Cats will face Dordt (Iowa) at 6 p.m. Presently, the Defenders are 8-8 having lost Friday night to Doane. The two teams played early in the season with the Bobcats winning 102-97 in overtime.