PRATT, KS — For the second time this week the Northwest Maverick basketball teams came up just short both falling in the Beaver Dome in Pratt on Saturday afternoon.
Lady Beavers 70 Lady Mav’s 69
It looked like the Lady Mav’s might win their first game of the Brock Kimball era with about 5 minutes left to play. But a lot can change in 5 minutes. A nine point lead was cut to zero with less than :30 seconds to play and Rylee Alexander would get fouled with less than 3 seconds left making an “and one” to win the game for Pratt, 70-69.
Northwest Tech led for a majority of the game. After trailing at the end of the first quarter 20-14, the Lady Mav’s would outscore the Beavers 43-28 over the middle quarters to lead 57-48 heading into the fourth quarter. But Pratt would kick it into gear in the 4th and score 22 points to Northwests 12 and would get the win in the end.
N’Dea Flye was special once again leading Tech with a game high & career high 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds, knocking down 6 of 16 three’s. But despite foul trouble every lady seemed find a way to contribute with every girl but one scoring. Free throws proved to be an issue once again as Northwest was only able to go 9 of 17 from the charity stripe.
Pratt had three girls score in double figures and two of them end of with double-doubles in Courtney Cleveland & Rylee Alexander.
Pratt improved to 15-5 overall & 8-4 in conference while Tech dropped to 0-20.
HEAD COACH BROCK KIMBALL POSTGAME:
BEAVERS 78 MAVERICKS 76
Just like the last time out the Maverick men could not find a way to close out a win. Northwest Tech was in the same situation on Wednesday leading by four at halftime and would end up losing. Once again the second half proved to be problematic with the Mav’s coming out of halftime slow on offense and would get down by six just eight minutes in.
Tech would see the lead for Pratt get up to ten with around seven minutes left before they would start to push back into the game around the three minute mark. With less than a minute to play the Mavericks would get an “and one’ from Brandon Beloti, then a steal and a Miles Gibson three-pointer to tie it at 76 with ten seconds to play. Pratt would score on an second chance tip in with two second left and Brandon Beloti’s half-court three was just off to the right as the final buzzer sounded.
Miles Gibson led Tech with his eighth twenty plus point game scoring a team high 22. Daekwon Gross had a career afternoon scoring 15 points and going 9 of 9 from the foul line. Pratt was led by Teddy Fifer who had a game high 25 in the win.
The loss put Northwest at 10-11 overall & 2-10 in conference. Pratt won its second straight conference win improving their record to 10-11 overall & 3-9 in the league.
The Mav’s return home on Wednesday to host Seward County at the Max Jones Fieldhouse.