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By Cynthia Shroyer
Pine Bluffs Post staff 

Pawnee Coyotes drop game to Otis


Charlene Smith

The Pawnee Coyote defense left opponent Otis open at their end of the court much of Saturday’s game in Pawnee. Coupled with not making enough fourth quarter shots to compensate for what they left open in the first part of the game resulted in a 43-52 loss for the home team.

“We played well in the first quarter, had good energy, defensive intensity, and ball movement, said coach Tim Brunelle, “In the second quarter, we were quite the opposite … little enthusiasm, which translated to lack of effective play. We played well in the third quarter, and then for reasons that I do not understand, did not want the game as badly as they did in the fourth quarter.

Charlene Smith

Free throws limited the Coyotes, but the three-pointers coming from David Martin and Kelby Hahn brought the Coyotes close. Heavy rebounding by Scott Klinginsmith helped return the ball to the Coyotes throughout the game but not enough points were collected. A hard fought fourth quarter left the Coyotes howling for mercy after the loss.

“They deserved the win and we did not,” Brunelle said of the outcome. “They out rebounded us by 11 in the game, Larry Johnson scored 25 points for them, and we had only nine assists as a team.You do not win games with those kind of stats, but more importantly, with that lack of intensity. We have a big league home game with Prairie this Friday night, so I guess we will see how much pride we have in bouncing back from a lackluster performance.”

Standouts for Saturday were Brye Brunelle who put 22 points and 6 boards in the books, and Martin who tacked on 11 points and grabbed six rebounds.


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