The Pratt High School boys basketball team looked as though they might be able to break into the winners circle on Tuesday at home against rival Kingman, but the Eagles seized control of the game in the 4th quarter and were able to post a 56-46 victory over the Greenbacks.
Pratt got out to a 16-8 lead in the opening frame, but Kingman pressure led to several Greenback turnovers in the 2nd quarter and Kingman had cut the deficit to 27-24 at the break.
Pratt went cold in the third quarter, and Kingman hit some tough shots. The Eagles took their first lead of the night, 30-29, at the 3:18 mark of the third quarter. The teams battled on even terms for several minutes at that point, the lead changing hands 4 or 5 times until the 6 minute mark of the deciding stanza when a Garrett Smith lay-up gave Pratt the lead for the final time, 38-37.
Over the final 6 minutes, Kingman put together a 19-8 run that allowed them to pocket the 56-46 victory. Many of the Kingman scores down the stretch were off high percentage shots under the basket by players who had been left open by the Frog defense.
“We played well in the first half,” PHS head coach David Swank observed, “but in the second half, we had too many defensive breakdowns. We gave up too many lay-ups. We didn’t rotate well enough on defense and were leaving players open under the bucket.”
Another issue for Pratt was inconsistent offense. About the only constant offensively for PHS was Chase Hageman, who scored in every quarter for a total of 15 points. No other Greenback was even close to being in double figures, and outside shooting, especially in the second half, was cold.
“The key to our offense is execution,” said Swank. “We’re young. It’s going to take some time for everyone to get to know each other. Our offense will get better.”
0-5 Pratt has one more pre-holiday game Thursday at Hays.
Pratt 16 11 9 10 46
Kingmn 8 16 13 19 56
Smith 2; Dean 6; Kurz 3; Mayberry 2; Dobbs 4; Sullivan 3; Hageman 15; Ramos 4; Kahmeyer 7