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By Mike Motz
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

MAC Tournament Wraps up Saturday

 

January 19, 2018

Mike Motz

Potter-Dix senior Trinity Langley evades a defender during Tuesday's victory over Minatare.

The Minuteman Activities Conference (MAC) Basketball Tournament's first round started on Monday with the area's boys teams, and continued on Tuesday with the girls teams facing off in the yearly contest. The second round is scheduled for Thursday at Bridgeport High School. The tournament concludes on Saturday January 20 in Bridgeport, with a championship game to determine the winner and runner-up, and a consolation game for third place honors.

For the boys, the first round saw No. 1 seeded Creek Valley earn a bye since only seven teams were involved, with Banner County's boys team not participating due to lack of players. Creek Valley faced No. 4 seeded Bayard at Bridgeport on Thursday, after Bayard defeated No. 5 ranked Potter-Dix 51-23 on Monday. The win was sealed early with Bayard outscoring Potter-Dix 30-1 in the first quarter. Bayard's Peyton Oliverius was the scoring leader with 20 points.

No.2 seeded Garden County faced Minatare on Thursday, after defeating Leyton 64-27 in the opening round. Garden County opened against Leyton with a 26-8 first quarter performance, putting the game away early. Garden County's Nick Koppmann led all scorers with 12 points. Third seeded Minatare earned its way into the second round by defeating sixth-seeded South Platte 62-38 on Monday. The game was close until Minatare outscored South Platte 27-11 in the fourth quarter, sealing the victory. Minatare's Kaleb Gonzales led the scoring with 21 points.

The girl's first round started Tuesday with No. 1 seeded Potter-Dix hosting eight-seeded Minatare. Potter-Dix was able to hang on to win 35-25 and advance to Thursday's contest in Bridgeport against South Platte. The fifth-seeded South Platte earned their way to second round by upsetting fourth-seeded Creek Valley in Chappell on Monday. The game started with South Platte holding a 10-2 advantage after the first, but Creek Valley battled back to keep the contest close. In the end, South Platte outlasted the home team resulting in a 36-29 final score. Third-seeded Leyton faced second-seed Bayard on Thursday in second round action in Bridgeport. Leyton advanced to the second round by defeating sixth-seeded Garden County at home Monday night by a score of 41-27. Bayard earned its spot in the second round by beating the visiting seventh-seed Banner County 50-29 Monday night. A strong first and third quarters by Bayard proved to be the difference in the game, with Bayard junior Kylie Stuart leading the scoring with 13 points.

Final results of the tournament will be printed in Wednesday's edition of the Sun-Telegraph.

 

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