The good news is the Pratt Community College men’s basketball team has been playing close, entertaining games in recent weeks. The bad news is, they’ve been losing more of them than they’ve been winning. Four of PCC’s games have gone into overtime this season, with the Beavers dropping three of those.
Although not an overtime game, the 69-65 loss to Colby on Wednesday night was just as frustrating, as the Beavers had rallied from way behind in the second half only to fall just a bit short.
The Beavers played shorthanded as Aaron Abram is still out with a wrist injury, DeShun Roberts fouled out in the first five minutes, and two players were unavailable for disciplinary reasons.
“That was a recipe for disaster,” expressed PCC head coach Jesse Shaw.
The first half was a closely contested affair for most of the way, the score knotted at 12 at the media time-out, and still tied at 16 as late as the 6 minute mark. Neither side was making much headway offensively up to that point.
The final six minutes of the first half saw both sides kick it into gear, with the Colbys getting the better of it to take a 33-26 halftime advantage.
Colby shot 52% from the floor the first half. Another telling statistic was on the glass. Colby outrebounded the Beavers 14-7 before the break.
“We were manhandled on the boards,” admitted Coach Shaw. “They outrebounded us by 20.”
The opening moments of the second half were all Colby as they extended their lead to 15 (49-34) at the 12:00 mark. The Beavers couldn’t keep the Trojans off the offensive glass, and Colby seemed a step quicker, getting to every loose ball ahead of PCC.
But then Sean Michaelson hit a trifecta, and that seemed to switch the game’s momentum. Over the next 5 minutes, Pratt got back into the game, chipping away largely from the charity stripe. For some reason, Colby had begun fouling like goons—two Trojans were shown the pine with 5 fouls in the middle of the second half and at least one other player had 4. That allowed Pratt to creep closer on the scoreboard without the clock running.
PCC converted 14 free throws in the final half of the second period, Devin Callon with 8 made freebies was being picked on the most by the Trojans.
Near the 4 minute mark, Michaelson and Bryan Hellman connected with back-to-back 3-balls to put Pratt in the lead at 58-56. The game stayed tight over the next few minutes, but Colby managed to wrest a 63-60 advantage with 1 minute remaining. That put PCC into hack mode, but Colby made 8/10 from the line in the final minute to hold off the Beavers 69-65.
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Flynn 9; Callon 10; Michaelson 18; Stivrins 10; Hellman 8; Abraham 5