There’s a saying in golf: “It’s not how, it’s how many.” The same sentiment applies to the Pratt High School boys basketball team’s 57-44 win over Sterling on the road Tuesday night.
There’s a saying in golf: “It’s not how, it’s how many.” The same sentiment applies to the Pratt High School boys basketball team’s 57-44 win over Sterling on the road Tuesday night. While some may decry the lack of “style points” the Greenbacks would have earned in the contest, there isn’t anyplace on the scoreboard or in the scorebook where they keep track of anything like that. All that matters is who had the most “actual points” when time runs out, and in this case it was Pratt High. The Frogs win games by playing tough defense, taking care of the ball and rebounding. It might be prettier to watch balls being swished in from long range with startling regularity, but that’s not this group of Greenbacks. They’re not going to awe you with their shooting prowess— but if you play them, you’d better pack a lunch, because they will battle you. PHS set the tone early, holding Sterling to just 5 points in the first period. Meanwhile, Samson Kohman scored 8 points and Spencer Sullivan scored 5 to help stake the Frogs to a 16-5 lead. The Black Bears clawed their way back into the game in Q2. Adam Bartel made back-to-back buckets for Pratt at one point, but Sterling cut the lead to four, 28-24, with under three minutes to play in the half. But then Traik Peltier hit a freebie, Sullivan hit a shot, and Christian Kurz made a steal and went coast-to-coast to put PHS back up by nine at the break. 33-24 Pratt. The third quarter saw both teams struggle to put points on the board. Cold shooting kept the Greenbacks from being able to completely distance themselves from Sterling, and the Black Bears were still hanging around, 42-28, headed into the final frame. Pratt only made 4/10 from the charity stripe in the 4th quarter, or they might have pulled away from the Bears. As it was, they were far enough ahead to hold on to the lead and come away with the 57-44 win. Spencer Sullivan had a big night offensively, pouring through 18 points to lead the Greenbacks. “It was nice to see Spencer shoot the ball well,” head coach David Swank mentioned. “It was helpful to get good scoring from him with Samson (Kohman) on the bench so much with foul trouble.” Kohman joined Sullivan in double figures with 14 despite riding pine much of the 2nd half. “Adam Bartel had a solid night,” Swank added. “He got 8 rebounds to go with his 7 points.” When you are a team that doesn’t especially light it up, you’d better play defense and take care of the ball. The Greenbacks had only 6 turnovers all night, and they did a good job of controlling the Black Bears better scorers. “Shawn (Ramos), Christian (Kurz) and Derek (Barnard) did a good job on Comley,” Swank observed. The Sterling point guard was held scoreless in the second half after posting 11 first half points. Bagby, the Bears shooting guard, went nuts in the 4th quarter with 11 points, but until then, Brandon Ruckle and Liam Kahmeyer had kept him in check. “We did a good job on Bagby for three quarters,” Coach Swank said. “We lost track of him a little bit in the 4th quarter, but we were in control of the game by that point.” “Our effort was really good tonight,” Swank concluded. “I was pleased to see us get the road win.” The win improves PHS to 9-8 overall, and 6-0 in the CKL. As the season winds down, Pratt has three big CKL games coming up—all at home. Thursday, Kingman will come to town, followed by Halstead on Friday. If the Greenbacks prevail in those two contests, it could set up a winner-take-all showdown next Tuesday with Hesston for CKL supremacy. PHS boys 16 17 9 15 57 Sterling 5 19 4 16 44 Barnard 4, Spencer Sullivan 18, Kurz 7, Ruckle 4, Samson Kohman 14, Peltier 1, Bartel 7, Wiltshire 2