Platte County boys avenge earlier loss, place 3rd at Sonic Showdown

Platte County fought back to force overtime behind big shooting performances for senior guard Tanner Newberry and junior guard Deiondre Ragsdale in the Sonic Showdown third-place game.

The duo combined for 37 points and nine 3-pointers in the Pirates’ 60-53 victory over the hosts Saturday, Jan. 28 in Grain Valley, Mo. Grain Valley’s matchup zone frustrated early but allowed for open outside shots to fall in the second half.

Playing a sixth game in 13 days, Platte County started slow and trailed 21-11 at halftime.
Newberry (18 points) hit five 3s and Ragsdale (19 points) added four 3s to help spark the offense, and the two teams went into overtime tied at 47-47. The Pirates scored 13 in the extra period, including a pair of key free throws late from senior forward Austin Gammill.

Only five players scored for Platte County with Gammill finishing at two. Kobe Cummings added 17 points, while junior John Watts ended up with four.

Earlier in the season, Grain Valley beat the Pirates 65-43 in a nonconference matchup. Platte County entered this tournament for the first time and reached the third-place game after splitting a pair of first round pool games, beating Marshall but losing to Staley.

Platte County, which won just four games in 2015-2016, improved to 7-11 overall entering a Suburban Conference Blue Division matchup with Winnetonka on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The result wasn’t available at The Citizen’s deadline, but the Pirates entered without a win in league play (0-3).

In each of its last two tournaments, Platte County went 2-1.

Staley 68, Platte County 63

The Falcons came back late to earn a spot in the tournament’s championship game Thursday, Jan. 26 in Grain Valley, Mo.

No. 2 Staley, No. 3 Platte County and No. 6 Marshall were in a three-team pool for the first round. Platte County went 1-1 to end up in the third place game but just missed a championship berth with a strong performance in the pool finale.

Ragsdale (20), Newberry (18) and Cummings (16) all scored in double figures for the Pirates, who found success early getting to the rim and led 15-8 after the first quarter. They were still up two at halftime and three after three quarters before giving up 25 points in the fourth quarter.

Newberry had one of the best games of his career. A senior who missed time due to illness earlier in the month, he hit a pair of 3s. Ragsdale had three 3s and continued to serve as leading scorer since a recent reshuffling of the lineup depleted Platte County’s bench.