It was a good weekend on the road for Pratt Community College as the men’s and women’s basketball teams each notched a pair of wins in events they attended. The men participated in the Conqs Classic at Dodge City, beating Clarendon (TX) 86-80 and Allen County 80-69.
The Lady Beavers played a weekend event at Chanute, and defeated host Neosho County by a count of 86-70 on Friday. On Saturday, PCC downed Allen County 83-63.
It was a good weekend on the road for Pratt Community College as the men’s and women’s basketball teams each notched a pair of wins in events they attended. The men participated in the Conqs Classic at Dodge City, beating Clarendon (TX) 86-80 and Allen County 80-69. The Lady Beavers played a weekend event at Chanute, and defeated host Neosho County by a count of 86-70 on Friday. On Saturday, PCC downed Allen County 83-63. The men’s game against Clarendon was a back-and-forth affair with 14 lead changes and eight ties until Pratt pulled away at the end. The Beavers outscored Clarendon 6-0 in the final minute to claim the 86-80 win. PCC was playing short-handed due to a variety of issues, but still managed to escape against the unorthodox trapping and running style of the Clarendons. PCC had four players in double figures. “Taylor Schieber busted out of his shooting funk to lead us in scoring with 19 points,” mentioned PCC head coach Jesse Shaw. Phoenix Bills scored 17, Robert Davis 16 and DeShun Roberts 12. Point guards Javis Flynn and EJ Dobbins dished out 12 assists between them. Defense was the key to the Beavers’ victory over Allen County in the Conqs Classic. After Allen County rallied to cut the PCC double-digit lead to 2, the Beavers didn’t allow a field goal over the last five minutes of regulation—allowing them to escape with the 80-69 win. "Everything starts with our defense," said Coach Shaw. "We showed at times and stretches that we can be a very good defensive team. When we didn't do our jobs on defense, (Allen) exposed us. The difference in the game was when we buckled down on defense and took care of the ball." PCC also had a good night on the glass against a team that had impressed the night before on the boards. “They really went after (the boards) the night before against Dodge City,” observed Shaw. “I told our guys we were going up against one of the best rebounding teams we will face all year. We did a really good job on the boards and rose to the occasion. We had a 22 rebound edge that I thought was the key to the game.” Kevin Allen had 12 rebounds and Thomas Tshikaya 11 to pace the PCC effort on the glass. The PCC women had just as good a weekend. Against Neosho County on Friday, the Lady Beavers jumped on top early and were never headed. Head coach Stephanie Thompson did not think the Beavers played their best at times, but it was good enough to rack up another win, 86-70. Elle Stein scored 22 points to pace the Beavers. Tatiana Grant added 20 pts and 16 boards. Maddie Pendry chipped in 13 and Lanina Pence 9. Taking advantage of another quick start, Pratt took care of Allen County on Saturday 83-63. Tatiana Grant carded her 8th double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Three other Beavers joined Grant in double figures in a fine team effort. Maddie Pendry put up 15 and Elle Stein had 12. Kari Devlin had one of her better games this year picking up 13 points. The men’s team is now 5-2 while the women’s team remains undefeated at 9-0. The PCC basketball teams will travel together this week as they both have gigs at Butler on Wednesday and Independence on Saturday.