After leading for most of the game, Pawnee Heights High School’s first win eluded it once again.

    Isaac Vasquez got hot in the second half for Bucklin, scoring 20 of his 22 points in the final 16 minutes for a 48-39 Red Ace victory in a Southern Plains Iroquois Activities Association Tournament consolation game Friday at the Civic Center.


After leading for most of the game, Pawnee Heights High School’s first win eluded it once again.
    Isaac Vasquez got hot in the second half for Bucklin, scoring 20 of his 22 points in the final 16 minutes for a 48-39 Red Ace victory in a Southern Plains Iroquois Activities Association Tournament consolation game Friday at the Civic Center.
    “I am trying to convince him, he can play hard,” Bucklin head coach Rob Scott said. “He attacked the rim and that helped him get sent to the line.”
    Pawnee Heights falls to 0-12 on the season and Bucklin improves to 5-6. Bucklin defeated Pawnee Heights earlier in the season 49-30.
    “I told our guys all week, ‘they are  better, be ready to play because Pawnee Heights has improved,” Scott said.
    Brian Seacat and Jeff Torline each had nine for the Red Aces and Chad Wallace led Pawnee Heights with 16. Sam Spence added 11 for the Tigers.
    Pawnee Heights took a 13-6 lead at the end of one, and with a couple of steals from Chad Wallace converted into buckets early in the second, the Tigers found themselves up 19-10.
    Bucklin, however, fired back, going on an 8-0 run to finish the half, including a steal from Seacat who passed it to Alex Rudd who was fouled on a made layup. Rudd sunk the free throw to give the Red Aces some momentum.
    Pawnee Heights held Bucklin without any points for the first four minutes of the third quarter, taking a 24-18 lead until Anthony Ledesma made a Bucklin basket.
    Vasquez scored six points for the Red Aces in the final half of the third to get Bucklin within two, 30-28 heading into the fourth.
    Vasquez then gave Bucklin a 31-30 lead with a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter.
    He would shoot eight free throws and had 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Bucklin pull away.
    “I think they got into foul trouble and that helped a lot,” Scott said. “I think depth was a strength for us.”