The Pratt Community College basketball teams traveled to Seward County Wednesday night, both in need of a win to ensure themselves a first-round playoff home game. Neither team was able to come away with a victory, but the men were still able to hold onto a home berth by virtue of other outcomes in the conference.
The Pratt Community College basketball teams traveled to Seward County Wednesday night, both in need of a win to ensure themselves a first-round playoff home game. Neither team was able to come away with a victory, but the men were still able to hold onto a home berth by virtue of other outcomes in the conference. The highly favored Lady Saints, ranked #20, took care of business against the Lady Beavers 72-54. That knocked the PCC women down to 5th in the Jayhawk West at 7-7, and set them up for a first round game at Independence (4th seed in the Jayhawk East) on Saturday March 1. The Lady Pirates beat PCC 88-77 in a match-up back in November. In the men’s game, Pratt led for much of it, albeit never by very much. At halftime, PCC was up 40-36. Kaion Seales had 13 points in the first half to pace the Beavers. At 15:49, Seward took their first lead of the night, 47-45. Pratt regained the lead on the strength of some long-range shooting. Taylor Schieber hit two treys and Merrill Holden one to put PCC back on top 54-50 at 12:16. Both teams went into a bit of a scoring drought at that point, as points became hard to come by. The Beavers were not even connecting regularly when they got themselves to the charity stripe. Eventually, by the 3-minute mark, Seward had grinded their way to a 64-62 lead. Seward then drained back-to-back treys and gave themselves some breathing space for the first time. The Beavers clawed their way back to within two points in the final minute. Robert Davis hit a 3 and Javis Flynn converted a pair of freebies. Pratt was down just 69-67 with 15 seconds left, but Seward had the ball so PCC fouled. The Saints made their first toss, then got the offensive board when the second missed. That offensive board may have been the biggest play of the game, as Pratt had to foul again. Sinking both freebies made it a two-possession game, 72-67 Seward, with just a few ticks left. PCC made a put-back at the buzzer, but that just made the final 72-69 Seward, and PCC had dropped yet another close game. With the loss, the PCC men fell to 8-6 in the conference, tied with Cloud, Garden and Barton for 3rd place. (Seward and Hutch have the 1 & 2 seeds.) With the 4-way tie, that ushered in a complicated set of tie-breaking scenarios. The KJCCC borrowed one of the NSA’s super-computers, which worked on the problem all night. (I’m lying about the NSA super-computer.) What emerged Thursday morning was that Pratt gets a home game at 4 p.m. on Saturday March 1 against Labette, but I’m not going to pretend to understand how or why. (The East had their own issues, with 4 teams tying for 4th place over there.) Pratt has previously lost a pair of close games to Labette this season, 85-80 and 83-82. Teams that survive the opening rounds will advance to the Region VI tournament at Koch Arena in Wichita beginning Wednesday March 5 (women) and Thursday March 6 (men.)