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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • T-Birds lose to Tigers, bow out of sub-state

  • Going into Tuesday’s game between Skyline and St. John, many weren’t giving the T-Birds much of a chance to stay with the Tigers. They were right, as things turned out, with St. John advancing to the Sub-state semi-finals by posting a 63-19 win over Skyline.
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  • Going into Tuesday’s game between Skyline and St. John, many weren’t giving the T-Birds much of a chance to stay with the Tigers. They were right, as things turned out, with St. John advancing to the Sub-state semi-finals by posting a 63-19 win over Skyline. The 3-17 T-Birds were never a part of the ballgame against the 19-1 #1-ranked team in 2A, the St. John Tigers. Boasting an impressive combination of speed, size and talent, the Tigers simply ran away and hid from the overmatched Thunderbirds. It is somewhat ironic that the Skyline 2013-14 basketball season both began and ended with a thorough thrashing at the hands of St. John. To open the year back on December 3, Skyline absorbed a 93-35 whipping at the hands of the Tigers. The margin of victory was not as large this time, but that probably had a lot to do with the fact that St. John coach Clint Kinnamon sat his starters the entire second half. It is unknown how much of that coaching decision was due to mercy/sportsmanship and how much was due to fear that his starters might get injured in a game that was already decided. From the opening tip-off, it was apparent the T-Birds had no chance. The Tigers’ defense was all over Skyline like flies on pie. Never mind shooting percentage, the T-Birds were having trouble even managing to get shots on goal. Any momentary lapse of concentration by a Thunderbird ballhandler would result in getting their pocket picked. The Tigers were starting to have their mail delivered to “T-Bird Passing Lane”. Any attempted inside shot was going to have to somehow get past the Tigers’ 6-8 Dean Wade, who controlled the paint like King Kong controlling the top of the Empire State Building. St. John did about whatever they wanted on offense. Wade was simply unstoppable, pouring through all 17 of his game-high points in the first half. The T-Birds sent the Tigers to the charity stripe 28 times in the first half, of which 20 were converted. After a couple of aborted dunk attempts during the course of play, Wade finally converted one on a set play toward the end of the half that evoked paroxysms of adoration among the St. John faithful. With the 63-19 defeat, Skyline’s season came to an end. Skyline boys 5 8 6 0 19 St John 25 20 14 4 63 Sky: Gilpin 1, Abbott 6, Weber 5, McKennon 2, McComb 5 StJ: K Kinnamon 4, G Calleros 2, C Kinnamon 7, Valenzuela 3, Ward 4, Long 2, Jorge Calleros 14, Dean Wade 17, Reyes 5, Milton 5

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