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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Beavers ground Falcons

  • You’d have to predict that, after beating the Friends varsity by 20 in a scrimmage last week, the Pratt Community College men’s basketball team wouldn’t have much trouble in a game against the Friends JV. You would have been right, as the Beavers pasted the overmatched Falcons 92-51 on Friday night at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena.
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    • STATS: PCC men v. Friends JV
                     FG  3pt    FT   PTS   REB

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      STATS: PCC men v. Friends JV
                     FG  3pt    FT   PTS   REB

      Dobbins  2-5  0-3   1-2    5        1

      Flynn       2-7  1-2   3-5    8      5

      Allen       8-9   0-0   1-1   17      12

      Hunter   3-4   2-3    0-0    8       0

      Davis      5-11  2-6  4-4     16    5

      Thomas   1-3   0-0   0-0    2        3

      Seales    8-11  1-1   2-5    19     5

      Schieber 3-7    1-5  0-0     7       1

      May         0-0  0-0   1-2    1        4

      Tshikaya  3-6   0-0  3-4     9      8  


  • You’d have to predict that, after beating the Friends varsity by 20 in a scrimmage last week, the Pratt Community College men’s basketball team wouldn’t have much trouble in a game against the Friends JV. You would have been right, as the Beavers pasted the overmatched Falcons 92-51 on Friday night at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena.
    The game’s first five minutes were relatively evenly played, as it was just 9-7 PCC at the 15:23 mark of the first half. But then, 3-balls from Javis Flynn and Taylor Schieber and a slam-dunk in transition by Thomas Tshikaya jump-started the Beavers, and it was katy-bar-the-door from there.
    After the media time-out, Kevin Allen began connecting inside, as the smaller Falcons had no answer for the 6’10 Allen. “He has the ability to be a double-double guy every night,” PCC head coach Jesse Shaw observed. “He could be one of the best low-post scorers we’ve had since I’ve been here.” Allen finished the night with 17 points and 12 boards.
    Toward the end of the half, Kaion Seales started taking advantage of a defensive mismatch, and rattled off 8 straight points, boosting the Beavers lead. “Seales is an all-around good player,” Coach Shaw said. “He can score from the block or shoot the 3. He’s a versatile scorer.”
    A Rob Davis 3-pointer swished in at the buzzer, and Pratt took a comfortable 38-24 lead to the halftime locker room.
    The Beavers got their transition game going early in the second half. Schieber made a couple of buckets and Tshikaya put down another dunk. “Thomas has a lot of athletic attributes,” Shaw said of the 6’7 Paris, France sophomore. “He has an impressive skill set. He has a lot of bad habits that we have to work on, but he showed what he can do in this game, especially in the second half.”
    Davis banged in another 3-ball, and the Beavers were up by 20 at the media time-out.
    Between the 7:00 and 5:00 mark, PCC employed some pressure defense, and the result was a 13-0 run for the Beavers. With 5:00 to go, Pratt was up 78-41 and both benches were being used freely. Dylan Hunter hit 8 straight points for the Beavers off the bench down the stretch. “Dylan can stroke it,” Shaw agreed.
    The final tally was 92-51 PCC. Despite the one-sided score, Coach Shaw wasn’t overly impressed with his Beavers’ performance against the overmatched Falcons. “We didn’t play good defense in the first half”, he explained. “We were giving up offensive rebounds to a team that hardly had anyone over 6’3. I was pretty frustrated at halftime.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “We played much better in the second half, though,” Shaw continued. “We have the talent to compete in the Jayhawk West, but we’re going to have to get better.” The Beavers take the court again Tuesday night at home against Hesston College, with an 8 p.m. tip-off scheduled.

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