The Pratt Community College men’s basketball team won comfortably 90-66 over visiting Cloud County Wednesday night at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena.
The Pratt Community College men’s basketball team won comfortably 90-66 over visiting Cloud County Wednesday night at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena. It was a game in which several PCC players enjoyed good individual stretches, adding up to a dominating team win. Early on, point guard Javis Flynn got the Cloud County defense loosened up by penetrating right down the lane twice for buckets. From then on, the “drive-and-dish” was an effective tactic as Flynn ended the night with 5 assists as did back-up point guard EJ Dobbins. DeShun Roberts had a spurt, scoring 11 points in the 1st half as PCC got their first double-digit lead, 23-13, at the 11:00 mark. Kaion Seales and Rob Davis each hit a couple of baskets and Pratt was up 25-19 at the media time-out. Then it began raining 3-balls as Taylor Schieber opened up on the Clouds. Schieber had 14 points off the bench in the first half, and PCC was up 45-29 at the break. Points-off-the-bench was a huge factor in Pratt’s favor as they outscored Cloud 35-14 in that category. “With two of our better players injured (Merrill Holden and Phoenix Bills), our bench has become even more important,” said Beaver head coach Jesse Shaw. “The depth we have off our bench is a tribute to the hard work those guys have put in.” In the opening period, Pratt also benefitted from cold shooting by Cloud County. The T-Birds could only manage 30% (9/30) from the floor in the opening stanza, and just 54% (7/13) from the free throw line. Even ducks and cripples weren’t falling for the visitors, as on several occasions, Cloud would attempt multiple put-backs on the same possession and ultimately come away empty. The second half was more of the same. Post man Kevin Allen got onto the act, scoring 11 points after intermission as the Beavers took the ball inside more. At 12:14 the Beaver lead was up to 20 at 62-42, and it stayed there until the media time-out (74-54.) Cloud never made a serious run down the stretch, and Pratt ended up winning the game going away, 90-66. “The story of the game was shooting %” according to Coach Shaw. For the game, PCC outshot Cloud 50%-35% from the field, 41%-27% from the arc, and 60%-53% from the charity stripe. Another stat that favored Pratt was rebounding. PCC corralled 49 boards to 38 for Cloud. “I’m a big fan of the rebound,” Coach Shaw mentioned. “I’m was really happy with our effort on the glass.” Cloud County’s front line boasts some DI caliber players, and it took a team effort for PCC to out-rebound them. Although no Beaver had double-digit rebounds, 10 different players collected boards for Pratt. Shaw also had words of praise for co-high-point-man (with Taylor Schieber) DeShun Roberts, who posted 21 pts. Roberts had earlier that day gotten word of the tragic and violent loss-of-life of a cousin back home in Omaha. Despite the horrific circumstances, Roberts played an inspired game. “It was as though someone was watching down over him,” Coach Shaw observed. With the win, the Beavers move to 2-0 in the conference (12-6 overall.) They will be back in action Saturday night as they travel to Dodge City for a match-up with the Conquistadors. PCC 45 45 90 Cloud 29 37 66 Dobbins 3, Flynn 9, Kevin Allen 13, Hunter 3, Rob Davis 10, Seales 6, DeShun Roberts 21, Taylor Schieber 21, Harms 2, Tshikaya 2