Coming into the weekend, the Pratt High boys basketball team controlled their own destiny in the CKL race. After dropping a pair of contests to Kingman and Halstead, Pratt can no longer claim the CKL crown even if they defeat Hesston on Tuesday.
Coming into the weekend, the Pratt High boys basketball team controlled their own destiny in the CKL race. After dropping a pair of contests to Kingman and Halstead, Pratt can no longer claim the CKL crown even if they defeat Hesston on Tuesday. The Greenbacks fell to Kingman for the second time this season on Thursday night. The final was 54-43. The first quarter was a tight one, tied at 11 until Kingman hit a shot at the buzzer to take a 13-11 lead. In the second quarter, Kingman’s zone seemed to interrupt Pratt’s offensive flow as they were only able to muster 5 points in the frame. 24-16 Kingman at halftime. Kingman poured it on in Q3, outscoring the Frogs 22-10. “Kingman’s physicality hurt us,” PHS head coach David Swank explained. At the 4:22 mark of Q4, the Eagles still led 53-32, and both sides went to their benches. PHS got the better of the battle of the reserves, closing the final gap to 54-43— but it was pretty much just a coat of whitewash on the outhouse. The Friday night game was a heartbreaker, with Halstead coming out on top 45-43 on a buzzer-beater at the end of the game. It was a game that saw several momentum swings. Halstead led 9-3 after one quarter, but then Pratt had a nice stretch in Q2 to take the lead. Spencer Sullivan hit a 3, Adam Bartel connected from the high post, and Brandon Ruckle converted an “and-1” to help lift PHS to a 21-17 halftime lead. PHS led by as much as 10 in the third quarter, 34-24 with 2:00 to play. But then momentum shifted again and by 5:38 of the final period, Halstead had knotted the score at 35. Christian Kurz scored 6 points to help the Frogs keep pace down the stretch, but Halstead was able to get a basket at the buzzer to escape with the 45-43 win. The Greenbacks only shot 10/40 from the floor which was a big factor in the loss. PHS boys 3 18 13 9 43 Halstead 9 8 12 16 45 Spencer Sullivan 12, Kurz 9, Ruckle 5, Samson Kohman 13, Peltier 2, Bartel 2