Pratt boys inspired by tournament wins at Hoisington

Kahrie Stegman
Greenback Jarrett Bates was selected for the Hoisington All-Tournament team last week. Pratt High School played several competitive games, winning two during the week of play.

The Pratt High School boys basketball team went 2-1 for the week in the Hoisington Tournament, and senior Jarrett Bates was selected on to the All-Tournament team.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Pratt faced La Crosse and barely lost 43-46.

“Tuesday we lost to a strong LaCrosse team and then beat Victoria and Otis Bison in the consolation side of the bracket,” Battin said. “I thought for all but the first half of the LaCrosse game we played hard.”

“The first game did not go the way we wanted it to, but we didn’t hang our heads,” Bates said. “We got back in the gym and back to work and came away with two big wins.”

Pratt’s next game was against Victoria on Thursday, Jan. 24. The Greenbacks came away with a win, 57-29.

Bates felt the win on Thursday boosted the team’s confidence.

“Winning isn’t everything, but to a struggling team, it sure helps boost the teams’ morale and confidence,” Bates said.

Thursday and Saturday’s games went well offensively for Pratt.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, the team defeated Otis-Bison 68-50.

“Saturday against Otis Bison’s zone, our guys moved the ball well and we passed really well on the interior,” Coach Battin said.

Bates thought the whole team played well at the tournament.

“Everyone played well together,” Bates explained. “Our guards took care of the ball and found ways to get it to our bigs in the post as we had the height advantage against some of the teams.”

Battin saw three of the players shine during last week’s games.

“Karter, Peyton and Jarrett both did a nice job of scoring inside for us,” Battin said. “Karter had 10 assists on Saturday.”

He also felt the team played better than they had before.

“We played hard and executed much better,” Battin said. “Offensively we got the ball inside.”

Bates agreed.

“We were able to correct mistakes from the previous game and had better execution of set defenses and plays,” Bates said. “The team came together in a big way as we knew we needed a win to stay in the tournament.”

Bates was voted on by the coaches to be a part of the Hoisington All-Tournament Team.

Pratt hosts Hoisington next on Friday, Jan. 31.