A pair of traveling basketball teams from Pratt both took first place in a tournament in Hutchinson.
A pair of traveling basketball teams from Pratt got an early Christmas present when both teams took first place in their divisions at the Kansas Basketball Academy Foundation Tournament at the Hutchinson Sports arena on Dec. 15-16.
Both teams played two round robin games on Dec. 15 then three bracket games on Dec. 16. Both teams won all five games, said player’s mom Stacie Strong.
The Pratt Ballers play in the third and fourth grade division. They won all five of their tournament games. Ballers team members are Landon Demuth, Cade Liggett, Kyler Barker, Quinton Humble, Levi Thibault, Caiden Smiley, Caleb Strong and Brenton
Findley with coaches Tyler Strong and Derrick Liggett. Team members are from Pratt with one from Skyline, Staci said.
The Ballers tournament team scores were: Ballers 35 vs Goddard Celtics 11; Ballers 26 vs Little River Redskins 6: Ballers 34 vs Pratt Runnin’ Rebels 9; Ballers 16 vs Larned Indians 12; Ballers 26 vs God- dard Celtics 16.
Other travel teams at the tournament were from Wichita, Dodge City and Hutchinson.
“This was the Ballers first tournament of the year. The boys had a great tournament and worked hard to improve throughout the weekend,” said coach Tyler Strong. “Caleb Strong was fortunate enough to be named to the All-Tournament team after Sunday’s bracket play.”
The Pratt Defenders play in the fifth and sixth grade division. Like the Ballers, the Defenders also won all five of their tournament games. Defenders team members are Luke Albers, Devin Strohl, Kollyn Strong, Jack Barker, Jed Tatro, Kyler Craft, Grant McAtee and Chaz Teafatiller with coach Jeff Craft. All team members are from Liberty Middle School, Stacie said.
The Defenders tournament scores were: Defenders 43 vs Celtics 20; Defenders 29 vs Buhler 27; Defenders 26 vs The Kings 14; Defenders 38 vs Buhler 18; Defenders 33 vs Stingers 14.
“This was the second tournament of the year for the Defenders as they began play two weeks ago at the MAYB Winter Kickoff in Andover where they went 2-4 on the weekend,” Strong said. “Teams competing this weekend (Dec. 15-16) were Hutchinson, Buhler and Sterling. The Defenders played well though the weekend with a team effort to win the tournament. Luke Albers was fortunate to be named to the All-Tournament Team Sunday after bracket play.”
The is the second year for the Ballers team and the fourth year for the Defenders team. Selected dads asked students if they wanted to play on the team, Stacie said.
Both teams will be in tournament play in St. John the first weekend in January.