The Pratt Community College men’s basketball team needed a win against Seward County Saturday night at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena if they were going to move up in the conference standings. That’s just what they got, handing the visiting Saints an 85-75 defeat.
The Beavers used a balanced scoring effort with hot shooting, a superior effort on the glass, and a better exhibition of team basketball to prevail against visiting Seward.
Shooting 59% from the floor, including 4/9 from long range, Pratt was able to forge a big lead in the first half against the Saints, who were the opposite of hot in their shooting. Just 8/30 (26%) of the Seward shots found the mark before intermission.
As a result, Pratt found itself up 43-27 at the break.
After halftime, the roles were reversed, as Seward’s shots began to rattle in (40%) and the Beavers found themselves cooling off (32%). However, PCC was far enough ahead that even though the Saints closed the gap somewhat, the Beavers were still in control of the game as time wound down.
The final three minutes of the game became a free throw extravaganza as Seward used no offensive tactic other than to slash toward the bucket and hope for a foul, while on the defensive end, they had nothing to lose by hacking the Beavers to ribbons. So they did.
The final three minutes of the game took literally 30 minutes to play as attendees at Dennis Lesh were treated to 32 Pratt free throws and 31 Seward free throws- IN THE SECOND HALF ALONE. For the game, there were a combined 82 free throws attempted by the two squads. EIGHTY-TWO! Yeah, boy, that was fun.
Luckily, PCC made 78% of their attempts. 32 points of their 85 came from the charity stripe on the evening. With Pratt sinking most of their freebies, Seward was unable to get any closer than 10 points. So despite prolonging the game with a free-throw-a-thon, the Saints were able to do no more than absorb an 85-75 loss at the hands of the Beavers.
Other factors in the Beaver win were a 43-35 margin on the glass for PCC, and PCC had 17 assists to just 8 for Seward. (The Saints didn‘t really seem to enjoy passing the ball to one another.) Pratt also dominated in points-off-the–bench, their superior depth allowing them to post a 29-5 margin in that area.
Five players were in double figures for PCC in a balanced attack. Kevin Allen, Robert Davis, DeShun Roberts and Thomas Tshikaya each had 13 to share high-point honors for the Beavers. Also in double figures was Taylor Schieber with 11.
Kevin Allen had a double-double as he also grabbed 10 caroms. Thomas Tshikaya added 8 and DeShun Roberts 6.
With the victory, Pratt moves into a second place tie in the conference with the Sewards at 5-2. They will begin their second time through the Jayhawk West with a trip to Cloud County on Wednesday.
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Dobbins 2, Flynn 9, Kevin Allen 13, Holden 3, Robert Davis 13, Seales 8, DeShun Roberts 13, Taylor Schieber 11, Thomas Tshikaya 13