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Beavers emerge from 4 game stint 7-4, look to rebound tonight

05 December 2012

It�s been a busy time of year for the Men's Basketball team, and the team played four games since returning from Thanksgiving break.

Last Tuesday, November 27, the Beavers welcomed the Junior Varsity team from Sterling College. The contest with Sterling JV was a competitive one from the tip, as the Beavers started out in a full court press for the first 10 minutes, and led 25-22 at the 9:47 mark of the first half.

"I think it's safe to say the fellas were looking past Sterling to the Coffeyville Juco Elite 8 tournament," said Jesse Shaw, Head Men's Basketball Coach. "It is also entirely possible we were still in a turkey coma from an extended Thanksgiving break."

Things slowly changed from that point, and over the next 15-20 minutes we built a 17 point lead to 64-47 with 12:29 left in the game. After that, it was the Brandon Givens show for Sterling College, and the Buhler native proceeded to seemingly cut our lead to 66-63 all by himself on his way to a 28 point effort that included six three-pointers.

The last 7:00 was a dogfight back and forth with your Beavers coming out victorious 87-78 and moving to 6-2 on the year. Aaron Abram led 5 double-figure Beaver scorers with 17 points and added a team-high 7 rebounds in his effort. Lucas Stivrins chipped in 14 points, Kazmere Boyd scored 13, and Ralph Abraham and Randall Rogers tallied 12 and 11 respectively.

"Basketball is a funny game, because your Beavers followed up undoubtedly their worst effort of the year on Tuesday with possibly their best of the year on Thursday," said Shaw.

The Beavers traveled to Coffeyville, Kansas Thursday afternoon to take on the Moberly Greyhounds who were sitting at 6-2 and had just slipped out of the top 25, but were still receiving votes. The first half was owned by the Greyhounds, whose constant pressure resulted in 14 Beaver turnovers. Coupled with shooting twenty five percent from the field, and you've got a 31-25 Moberly lead at half.

"Coach's speech at halftime seemed to actually work Thursday, because the guys put together their best 20:00 half of the year," said Shaw. "It helped that the 3-pointers were falling at a 57 percent rate in the second half."

Another factor was only turning the ball over 5 times after intermission. Combining those 2 factors with an energized defense, and the Beavers pulled off their biggest win of the year with the final score reading 73-69 Beavers, and our record moving to 7-2.

Sean Michaelson hit 3 three-pointers in the second half on his way to a 17 point effort. Aaron Abram threw in 3 three-pointers of his own on his way to 17 points, 5 rebounds, and also caught the eyes of some Division I coaches in attendance. Javis Flynn, at 5'10", led all rebounders with 6 rebounds, and also led the team with 5 assists.

In the Final 4 of Coffeyville�s Juco Elite 8 tournament, your Beavers would run into the host, the Number 12 ranked Coffeyville Red Ravens.

"Our guys picked up the intensity right where we had left off the night before, but left the sharpshooting in the hotel," said Shaw. "The intensity we played with still allowed us to jump out to a 24-18 lead with 3:30 left in the first half. Coach forgot he had plenty of timeouts though, and the Red Ravens used some Beaver turnovers to ignite a run before the half and go into the locker room leading us 32-27."

The second half was a good old-fashioned slug-fest, just like the first, but the Ravens maintained between a 3-6 pt lead until about 3:30 was left in the contest, where they used a couple timely 3's and fast break opportunities to stretch the lead to 10 and never look back.

The final score read 67-55 Red Ravens, as the Beavers moved to 7-3 on the year, and would play for 3rd place against Quakerdale Prep on Saturday night. Your Beavers produced no double-digit scorers on the night, as they we were 0-for-11 from the 3-point line in the second half, and shot 13 percent from the 3-point line on the game. The Beavers shot 55 percent from the free-throw line.

Aaron Abram did manage to haul in 11 rebounds in the game on the glass, while Lucas Stivrins grabbed 9 himself, and Javis Flynn dished out 5 assists on the night where shots were not falling.

The fight for 3rd place would come against a Quakerdale Prep team that included a Division I "signee" off the bench, another kid who signed at Wichita State out of high school, but didn't make grades, and has been offered by Iowa State since. Quakerdale also featured some complimentary players that will undoubtedly play basketball on very competitive levels after their post grad tenure.

The game was a back and forth affair from the tip, with the Beavers owning the lead for the majority of the game. We would take control early in the second half with our biggest lead being 10 points and coming with about 15:00 in the contest.

"From that point on, the tides would change, and Quakerdale would slowly rip the games' control from our fingertips through 9 second half turnovers, 10 second half offensive rebounds, and some generous whistles on the block," said Shaw. "Nonetheless, opportunities were plenty to finish the game off right, but the gas tank was on E, and we would proceed to put home on Saturday with a 74-79 loss to a prep school team, an overall record of 7-4, and our tail between our legs."

"To the guys credit, our losses have come at home versus Number 19 NOC-Tonkawa, on the road at Number 19 NOC-Tonkawa, on the road at Number 12 Coffeyville, and against a prep school team that will have guys playing on TV in the coming years, but if we want to be in the Top 25 ourselves one day, those are wins we have to come up with," said Shaw.

The Beavers head to Iola, Kansas today to take on the Allen County Red Devils from the Jayhawk East.