A month ago, the Beavers won a narrow decision at the BeaverDome against Dodge City, 63-58. Monday at Dodge City, the two teams repeated the scenario—the Pratt Community College men’s basketball team emerging with a tense 69-65 victory.
In the first half, PCC was living by the 3-ball. Devin Callon hit four from long range to pace the Beaver scoring in the opening frame. Aaron Abram and Sean Michaelson also each chipped in a 3-ball.
The 36-23 PCC halftime advantage was largely due to their 6-1 advantage in treys. They also outrebounded the Conquistadors 24-15 in the first half.
The two teams played pretty much even-steven after the intermission. By the media time-out, Pratt had only extended their lead by a bucket. It was 56-41 with 8:41 to play.
At that point, Dodge began to apply some defensive pressure, and that allowed them to make an extended run that got them back in the game. Over the next several minutes Dodge outscored the Beavers 19-9. With 1:35 left, what had been a relatively comfortable lead had become yet another nail-biter: 65-60 PCC.
It could not have been a comfortable feeling for PCC head coach Jesse Shaw. The Beavers have played a plethora of close games this season, and especially recently they have had trouble finding ways to win those close games.
This time, however, Pratt would hang on and close out the Conqs. The final minute and a half was essentially a free throw shooting contest, and PCC got the better of it. Javis Flynn and DeShun Roberts each canned one-and-ones to close out Dodge City down the stretch. Final: 69-65 PCC.
Ironically, the deadly long-range shooting that had boosted Pratt in the early going completely abandoned them after intermission. They didn’t hit a single shot from behind the arc. They did, however, make 13/15 FT to help seal the victory.
Pratt had three players in double figures. DeShun Roberts led the Beaver scoring with 14. Devin Callon had 12—his 4 first half trifectas accounting for his total output. Aaron Abram had a double-double, adding 14 rebounds to his 13 points.
Pratt next takes on Garden City, a team they beat in overtime earlier this season, Wed. at home, 8 p.m. PCC is now 13-12 overall, 3-8 in the Jayhawk West.
PCCM 36 33 69
DCCC 23 42 65
Boyd 9; Devin Callon 12; Flynn 6; Michaelson 5; Taylor 4; DeShun Roberts 14; Aaron Abram 13; Hellman 4; Stivrins 2
This time, it didn’t require overtime for the Pratt Community College women’s basketball team to top Dodge City. Instead, the Lady Beavers led from the outset and handed the host Lady Conquistadors a 63-49 defeat on Monday night.
In the early going, Dodge put on a clinic— of how NOT to score. In the first half the Lady Conqs connected on a mere17% of their field goal attempts, went 0/12 from 3-point land and missed their first five free throws.
Page 2 of 3 - “I credit our defense for their (Dodge’s) poor shooting percentage,” said PCC women’s coach Stephanie Thompson.” “We didn’t play great defense for all 40 minutes, but when we play defense the way we can, we make it tough for the other team to score.”
The Conqs only managed 9 points before the media time out, and then they REALLY went cold, remaining scoreless over the next five+ minutes until finally breaking the ice again with a free throw at the 3:30 mark.
Meanwhile the Lady Beavers were featuring a balanced scoring attack and stretching out to a 30-15 lead at intermission. Tatiana Grant with 9 and Hayli Jo Smith with 6 led the Beaver scoring in the first half.
After the break, Pratt continued to double up Dodge until the 14:00 mark. Five different Beavers tallied points as PCC expanded their lead to 42-21.
At that point, Pratt seemed to have a let-down and Dodge suddenly began to find the range. Over the next eleven minutes, Dodge chipped into the deficit until they had gotten the score back to 57-49 with 3:00 to play.
Over that stretch, Ashari Broadwater had almost single-handedly kept PCC afloat, scoring 10 of her team-high 16 points to keep Dodge somewhat at a distance. Broadwater also yanked down 10 boards in the contest, giving her a double-double.
“I can’t say enough about Ashari,” Coach Thompson said. “She has come such a long ways in two years here. She is starting to figure it out.”
Even though Dodge had gotten back into the game, they were still far enough behind at that point they had to go into hack mode. Tatiana Grant, Elle Stein and Kelsi Strobel all made free throws down the stretch to hold Dodge off, and the Conqs increasingly desperate offensive attempts were again off the mark. The game ended 63-49 Pratt.
It was a turnover filled ballgame, the Beavers kicking it around 27 times to 19 for Dodge. A positive for Pratt was the 44-28 rebounding edge they enjoyed, giving themselves numerous second chance points while denying Dodge that same opportunity. “We are the second best rebounding team in the conference,” Thompson mentioned. “It’s one of our strengths. We have to use it.”
Balanced scoring was another hallmark of the Lady Beavers’ effort. In addition to Broadwater, Tatiana Grant also had a double-double, 10 boards to go with 13 points. Keosha Parks was a sparkplug off the bench, also hitting double figures with 10.
Overall it was a good game for the Lady Beavers, an improvement over their win over Dodge that had required overtime a month ago. “We matched Dodge’s intensity tonight,” Thompson observed. “I told the kids Dodge City wasn’t going to go away and we needed to keep playing even though we were ahead.”
Page 3 of 3 - At 4-7 in the Jayhawk Conference (14-11 overall), Pratt will next take on #10 ranked Garden City at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena, Wednesday at 6 p.m.
PCCW 30 33 63
DCCC 15 34 49
Ashari Broadwater 16; Tatiana Grant 13; Stein 4; Keosha Parks 10; Smith 8; Strobel 6; Pendry 5