The Pratt High School boys basketball team suffered another heartbreaking loss at home Tuesday night, falling to the Haven Wildcats on a virtual buzzer-beater 41-39.
With 4 ticks left on the clock and the score knotted at 39, Haven managed to hit their only field goal of the 4th quarter to put themselves in the lead. Getting the ball to half court, the Greenbacks called time out with two seconds left. A play was designed to either get a shot for Skylar Dean or Spencer Sullivan, but the shot didn’t materialize as expected and the Frogs fell to the Wildcats as time expired.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t execute well and therefore did not get a good look at the basket,” PHS head coach David Swank explained after the game. It was the second time the evenly matched teams had faced one another this season. In the previous meeting on their home floor, Haven also claimed a two-point victory, 47-45.
“Our defense was very solid tonight, limiting Haven to 34% from the field,” Swank said. “Thomas Mayberry, Liam Kahmeyer and Garret Smith all contributed in this area. I was proud of our intensity and effort on the defensive end.”
The game was close throughout, Haven leading by a mere 21-20 at the break. Offensively, the Greenbacks struggled a bit, hitting just 29% of their shots. In double figures for Pratt were Chase Hageman (10) and Skylar Dean (18). Haven started the game in a triangle and 2 defense. “We executed well and scored six early points to pull them out of that,” Swank pointed out. “We also shot well from the free throw line hitting 13 out of 14.”
The game was tied at 32 heading into the final stanza. The 4th quarter became basically a free throw contest. Dean hit 5/6 for Pratt and Haven connected on 7/10 before nailing the final fatal basket.
Pratt, now 5-11, plays Lyons Friday for homecoming.
PRATT 8 12 12 7 39
HAVEN 9 12 11 9 41
Skylar Dean 18; Kurz 2; Sullivan 5; Chase Hageman 10; Kahmeyer 2, Bartel 2
In junior varsity action, Pratt staged an amazing 4th quarter comeback to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Trailing by 15 at half, the Greenbacks rallied in the 4th quarter, outscoring Haven 27-8 in the period, to post a 58-51 win. JVs are now 9-4 for the year.
Kurz 10, Barnard 6, Ruckle 5, Dobbs 14, Sullivan 6, Landry 5, Shumway 12
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