Men Defeat Labette, Women Fall to Independence
On Sat. March 1, the Pratt Community College men's basketball team defeated Labette 93-71 in the D-I first round games, putting them at 19-12 for the season.
"Some hot shooting from the field coupled with inspired defense on the other end allowed us to jump out to a 55-30 halftime lead that we would never let below 15," said Head Coach Jesse Shaw. "The biggest story of the game from a coaching standpoint was us having only 10 turnovers. Statistically, we had the best offense in the Jayhawk West this year except for our inability to take care of the ball, where we were dead last, but we took care of it Saturday, and were rewarded with 93 points."
The win total is the most during Coach Shaw's tenure at Pratt Community College, the most since 2007, and tied for second most since 2001. It is also the first time that men's basketball has advanced in the region tournament since 2007, and only the third time the Beavers have made it past the first round since 2001.
Javis Flynn played a gutty game, and led the way in taking care of the ball with 10 assists and two turnovers. He had to play a lot more minutes with EJ Dobbins out with a thumb injury. Taylor Schieber stepped up, throwing in 29 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the three point line. He led us in scoring, and Kaion Seales stepped up with 19, Robert Davis had 11, and Thomas Tshikaya and Merrill Holden also chipped in 10. Kevin Allen had nine rebounds in helping us out-rebound the top rebounding team from the East 42-33. Robert Davis took four steals.
The team will move on to the second rount in the 2014 Region VI Men’s Basketball Tournament at Koch Arena in Wichita on March 6. Pratt takes on Coffeyville (23-8) at 5 p.m.
The women's basketball team ended their season on March 1 at Independence. The women jumped out to an early lead and led at halftime 39-24. They maintained a lead throughout the second half, but Independence took momentum at the 10-minute mark and the Beavers never recovered. The final score was 78-69, and women's basketball ended the season at 20-11.