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Platteview boys basketball run ends in state quarterfinals

Platteview boys basketball run ends in state quarterfinals

The Platteview Trojans’ excellent season carried into the 2021 Class-B Nebraska State Activities Association state basketball tournament on March 9, when they faced the Elkhorn Antlers in the quarterfinals.

Platteview got off to a cold start as Elkhorn took a 10-6 lead into the second quarter before a more efficient second quarter allowed the Trojans to get back into it. At halftime, the Elkhorn Antlers held a four-point lead, 26-22.

Sophomore Connor Millikan was the leading scorer for the Trojans, he began to heat up in the third quarter as Platteview was aiming for a comeback. Elkhorn’s high-flying offense proved to be too much though, a 37-points second half helped Elkhorn cruise to a 63-48 lead. Platteview was outscored in every quarter except the second where both teams had 16 points.

Millikan ended the contest, and his historic season, with 25 points on 47% shooting. He also chipped in six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Alex Draper was the only other scorer in double-digits for the Trojans, he finished with 11 points, two boards and one assist. Platteview only shot 27% from beyond the arc in their quarterfinals loss to the Antlers. Elkhorn would go on to lose in the state championship finals to Beatrice.

Platteview has never won the Class-B state championship and ends the season boasting a 20-5 record. The Trojans haven’t made it past the quarterfinals round since 1984, losing in the first round of the state tourney in 2000, 2016, 2017, 2018 and now in 2021.

Now headed to the offseason, Head Coach Tim Brotzki and company will look towards next season with even higher expectations. Platteview’s roster is loaded with young talent as they continue to develop their program, look for the Trojans to be back in the Class B state tournament very soon.

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