The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


February 18, 2014

Pacers tie record, boys fall


ENID, Okla. — Bishop McGuinness boys pull away

in second half to down Plainsmen

The Enid Plainsmen recovered from an early outburst from top-ranked 5A Bishop McGuinness to start the first half, but they couldn’t do it again after another to start the second, losing their eighth straight, 54-37.

McGuinness (18-4) walled off the interior for much of the game, utilizing a rangey 3-2 zone around 6-foot-8 shot-blocker Will Lienhard to keep the Plainsmen (2-20) out of the paint. Enid did manage to find some openings to shoot outside, but rarely converted, hitting 7-of-30 (23 percent) of their threes.

“Against them, you’re gonna have to hit some outside shots,” said Enid coach Ryan Wilkinson. “We haven’t had that all year. It’s been a big Achilles’ heel for us. We had a couple go down, but not enough.”

After trailing 11-0 to open the game, the Plainsmen launched an 8-0 run to rally, pulling to within 18-17 on a Devin Pratt three-pointer in the second quarter. Enid was down 20-17 at half, but Bishop McGuinness scored on its first five possessions in the second half, riding a 12-3 spurt to take a 32-20 lead that never fell below double digits. Raeshaan Finley hit back-to-back threes to close the lead to 36-26 entering the fourth, but a 7-0 Irish run top open the fourth put the game out of reach.

“They’re getting easy ones, and we can’t get stops,” Wilkinson said. “That (span) was the difference in the game.”

Finley finished with a team-high 13 points, Pratt had eight points and Marcus Moore had seven points and three assists for the Plainsmen.

, who visit Lawton Eisenhower on Friday.

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