Coalers finish 12th at Plano Classic
PLANO — After starting off 2-1 in the tournament’s first three days, the Coal City Coalers squared off with a familiar opponent on Saturday for 11th place in the Plano Christmas Classic. Playing in front of their home crowd, the Plano Reapers beat the Coalers 59-35 and handed them their second 24-point loss in as many days.
The two teams match up every year in the Interstate Eight Conference, but the 15th-seeded Reapers looked like they were in a league of their own on Saturday afternoon as they jumped out to an 18-2 lead to start the game. Junior forward Jon McDermott of Plano scored six of his eight points in that first period while going on to add nine rebounds and three block shots for the day.
The Reapers would close out the first quarter with a 23-8 advantage over the Coalers, and they would extend that lead to 37-15 at the end of the first half. They did so by knocking down 64 percent of their shots from the field in the half and limiting Coal City to just 21 percent shooting.
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