It was another heartbreaking overtime loss for the Pratt Community College men’s basketball team. This time it was the Barton County Cougars who came away with the win, 62-60 (OT).
It was a tight contest between evenly matched teams, neither squad ever leading by more than 7. BCCC led at the break 24-22, both teams appearing out of synch on offense at the outset. With 6 minutes elapsed, the score stood at just 7-6 Barton.
Things picked up from that point, but neither side was able to forge any kind of solid lead. Randall Rogers and DeShun Roberts combined for 12 points to lead the Beaver effort in the first half.
The Beavers made a nice run to start the second half, taking the lead 31-29 at the 16:00 mark. From there, PCC increased their lead largely on the strength of a Rogers basket and trey, and an alley-oop converted by Kazmere Boyd. With 12:32 left, the Beavers had opened their largest advantage of the night, 39-32.
That proved to be PCC’s high water mark, however, and the Bartons began to chip away at the deficit, eventually retaking the lead 49-48 with 4:45 on the clock. The final minutes of regulation were a nail-biter as the sides traded baskets. Boyd scored a thunderous slam-dunk and drove the baseline for another hoop to help PCC keep pace.
With the score knotted at 57 and six seconds differential between the game clock and the shot clock, PCC worked for their final shot of regulation but it was off the mark. Barton had 6 seconds to work with, and made a shot at the buzzer but it was waved off as the refs agreed it was tardy.
That sent the game into overtime where the tension was no less than it had been during regulation. Trailing 61-60 but with the ball, PCC had two possessions in the final 30 seconds with a chance to win the game, but on both offensive attempts the Beavers failed to execute. BCCC escaped with a 62-60 overtime win.
PCC drops to 12-9 with the loss, 2-5 in the conference. Next up is a road trip to Colby on Wednesday night, gametime 8 p.m
PCC 22 35 (3) 60
BCCC 24 33 (5) 62
Flynn 1-1-7/8-8; Randall Rogers 4-2-0/2-14; Kazmere Boyd 4-0-2/3-10; Callon 0-1-1/2-4; Michaelson 1-0-0-2; Taylor 0-0-2/2-2; Abraham 0-0-4/4-4; DeShun Roberts 4-0-6/8-14; Stivrins 1-0-0/2-2