The Pratt Community College men’s basketball team advanced to the finals of the Region VI tournament in Wichita by downing Coffeyville 66-61 and Seward County 71-68 on a buzzer-beater.
The Pratt Community College men’s basketball team advanced to the finals of the Region VI tournament in Wichita by downing Coffeyville 66-61 and Seward County 71-68 on a buzzer-beater. Against Coffeyville on Thursday, the Beavers started slowly, trailing 16-10 at the first half media time-out. Head coach Jesse Shaw attributed his squad’s slow start to a case of nerves, but once the jitters wore off, the Beavers were able to get things going in the right direction. Pratt still trailed 25-18 with 4:32 left to play until intermission, but a 13-5 run allowed PCC to take a 31-30 advantage to the locker room at halftime. Sparking the Beavers was Kaion Seales with a pair of treys. Thomas Tshikaya added a bucket and Robert Davis made a three and a couple of free throws to help PCC take the lead. The Beavers slowly built the lead after the break, eventually sporting a 49-41 cushion midway through the closing stanza. Pratt basically just shot the ball a little better than Coffeyville during the stretch, and prevented the Red Ravens from getting to the offensive glass. On the night, PCC made 52% from the floor while Coffeyville connected on 41%— not a bad percentage, just not as efficient as the torrid Beavers. Kevin Allen led the Beaver dominance on the glass with 13 boards, as PCC outrebounded the Ravens 45-32. The Beavers enjoyed their largest lead of the night, 57-45, at the 5:40 mark. From that point, Coffeyville went to Chop City. Robert Davis, Javis Flynn and Merrill Holden sank freebies down the stretch to hold off Coffeyville 66-61. There were three Beavers in double figures for the night. Robert Davis led with 20. Kaion Seales put it 15 and Thomas Tshikaya added 10. Javis Flynn dished out 6 assists to keep the Beaver offense running smoothly. The win put PCC into the semi-finals in a rubber game with Seward County Friday night. With each team having won one of the teams’ previous meetings, it figured to be a dogfight_ and that’s just what it was. Pratt led for much of the game, enjoying their largest lead at 61-49 with 5:51 to play. Seward went on a run at that point, chipping away at the PCC lead. With 4 seconds remaining, the Saints had come all the way back, tying the game at 68 with a free throw. With no time remaining, Beaver sophomore point guard Javis Flynn hit the bottom of the net with a trey to give PCC the win, 71-68. The win puts PCC in the Region VI finals against Hutch Saturday night at Koch Arena in Wichita, 7 p.m.