Pratt High boys lost 41-33 to Kingman 41-33 at the Swamp Tuesday night.
You’d like to think that if you held your opponent to 16 points in the first half, you would be comfortably ahead. That was not the case for the Pratt High boys basketball team on Friday night at the Swamp, however, as the Greenbacks fell to Kingman 41-33.
Kingman had won the first matchup between the two clubs on a last second shot earlier in the season. In this game, the Eagles led at the end of the first quarter and never relinquished the advantage.
Kingman played its slowdown game to perfection. Scoring just 7 pts. in Q1 and 9 in Q2, the Eagles had the Frogs right where they wanted them. PHS could only manage 12 points in the first half to trail 16-12 at the break.
Coming out of the intermission, Pratt needed to make a run. Instead, they made sloppy mistakes. Kingman switched defenses frequently, and it seemed to keep PHS from ever getting into an offensive flow.
Pratt turned it over, or missed shots when they got them. Then Kingman uncharacteristically drilled a couple from the arc and by the end of the disastrous third period, Kingman was up 26-16.
That lead seemed insurmountable the way the Frogs were struggling to score, but then Pratt suddenly found the range, pouring through 17 points (over half the evening’s total) in the final stanza. Landen Studer had 8 pts for Pratt in the period.
It was too little, too late, however, as the Eagles refused to fold. Kingman made enough freebies and rebounded well enough to keep the Greenbacks from getting too close.
PHS closed the gap to 6 at the 4:00 mark, but it stayed there until Kingman converted a couple more points in the final minute to account for the 41-33 final margin of victory.
“We never got it going,” PHS head coach Chris Battin said later. “We showed a real lack of interest in a lot of ways tonight. It was a shame.”
“Hats off to Kingman,” Battin added. “They played their game and took it to us.”
The Frogs travel to Hillsboro Friday night for what should be a much faster-paced game.
Kingman 7 9 10 15 41
PHS boys 5 7 4 17 33
PHS scoring: Landen Studer 11, Theis 9, Evert 5, Kolm 4, Bolen 2, Winsor 2