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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Frogs bow out in round one

  • There were a lot of nights this season the Pratt High boys’ basketball team would loved to have shot 46% from the floor. They did just that Thursday night in the opening round of the State Tournament at Hartman Arena.

    Unfortunately, Scott City shot an otherwordly 62% , and sent the Greenbacks home from the big dance, 71-52.
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  • There were a lot of nights this season the Pratt High boys’ basketball team would loved to have shot 46% from the floor. They did just that Thursday night in the opening round of the State Tournament at Hartman Arena.
    Unfortunately, Scott City shot an otherwordly 62% , and sent the Greenbacks home from the big dance, 71-52.
    It wasn’t a bad performance at all for the #7-seeded Frogs, it was just that #2-seeded Scott City is good— and the Beavers had a great night shooting the basketball.
    PHS missed some shots and had a turnover on their first few possessions and Scott City jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Samson Kohman broke the ice for the Greenbacks. The Beavers’ Trey O’Neil converted three 3-point plays (one old-school) in the first quarter to lift Scott to a 16-6 lead after one stanza.
    The middle two quarters saw the Greenbacks play toe-to-toe with the Beavers, except for one shot at the 3rd quarter buzzer. “In the second and third quarters, we played great basketball,” PHS head coach David Swank observed.
    To begin the 2nd quarter, Scott tried to break the Frogs with some pressure. Pratt did a good job of attacking the basket against the press. They also worked the offensive glass to good effect with Brandon Ruckle and Shawn Ramos each picking up Windex buckets— Ramos’ an “and-1”. The Greenbacks spread the scoring around in Q2. Spencer Sullivan had 4, and Kohman, Adam Bartel and Christian Kurz each added 2 in the frame. The deficit was still 10 at intermission, 26-16 Scott City.
    After the break, both teams shredded the nets. Pratt had one of their largest scoring quarters of the season— 21 points. Derek Barnard had 6 points to pace the Frogs.
    Unfortunately, Scott City was just as hot. The teams traded baskets for the first three minutes, at which point it was 41-31 Scott City.
    Over the next couple of minutes, the Beavers got a little bit the better of it, and went up 48-35 at 3:02. Bartel made back-to-back hoops and Kohman made a free throw and the deficit was back to just 10 again as time was elapsing in Q3.
    But then, what might have been the biggest play of the night occurred. O’Neil swished a 29-footer at the buzzer to extend the Beaver margin to 55-42 with one quarter left.
    That shot may have been a sign that this was going to be Scott City’s night. “Emotionally, that was a dagger in our heart,” explained Coach Swank. ”We’d been battling and battling for two quarters, and keeping the game close. We’re about to go into the 4th quarter still down just 10, and then O’Neil hits that shot.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In the final period, Pratt had to play hurry-up on offense, and the shots quit falling for a few minutes. That let the Beavers— whose shots NEVER quit falling— stretch their cushion to 64-44 with 5:00 to play.
    The Frogs didn’t fold their tent. Point guard Christian Kurz continued attacking the basket, scoring the Greenbacks first 6 points in Q4. “”Christian had 14 points tonight,” Swank mentioned. “That was a career high for him.”
    Spencer Sullivan canned a 3-ball and Traik Peltier made one from the charity stripe to round out Pratt scoring in the final stanza. Meanwhile, Scott City was being patient on offense, and eventually scored or hit free throws on seemingly every possession. They gradually extended their advantage, and when the final buzzer went off, Scott City had defeated Pratt 71-52.
    “We played a good game,” Coach Swank concluded. “We shot the ball well, we only had 10 turnovers (the same number as Scott City) and we rebounded with them (25-21 Beavers.) Scott City’s shooting was just too much for us.” Scott City was 24/39 (62%) for the game, with 7/12 (58%) from the arc. Pratt was a healthy 46% shooting, but on this night, that wasn’t enough.
    The Greenbacks finish the season at 11-12.
     
    Pratt boys 6 15 21 10 52
    Scott City 16 15 24 16 71
     
    Sullivan 5, Christian Kurz 14, Brandon Ruckle 6, Samson Kohman 11, Bartel 6, Barnard6, Ramos3, Peltier1

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