For the second straight day at the Bicentennial Center, Pratt’s boys was handed something it had not been through 24 games — a loss.
A free throw with 0.9 seconds remaining by Fort Scott’s Cameron Woodring proved to be the difference as the Greenbacks fell in the third-place game of the Class 4A tournament 54-53.
“I thought both teams competed and battled the whole time,” Pratt coach David Swank said.
Battling through a rough first half in which Fort Scott jumped out to a 32-25 lead on a layup and free throw at the buzzer by Tyler Adams, the Greenbacks wouldn’t quit. Pratt (24-2) started the half on a 9-2 run, then took the lead at 37-36 on a Micah Swank three-pointer. Pratt’s resilient guard finished his high school career with 20 points. He scored 41 and 25 in the first two games of the tournament.
“It was a great season,” David Swank said. “The kids really worked their tails off.
“(Our team) all plays defense, they all compete. That’s what’s high school basketball’s all about.”
A fairly even battle across the stat line, Pratt was 21 of 43 (48.8 percent) from the floor, while Fort Scott was at 46.3 percent. The Greenbacks won the rebound battle 25-23. Along with Swank, B.J. Dean was in double-figure scoring for Pratt with 11.
Adams led Fort Scott with 14.
Basehor led by 18 early in the second half. Ottawa came back and tied it at 52-all with 1:05 to go on a Semi Ojeleye three-pointer. Ojeleye scored 32 in the Cyclones’ third straight second-place finish.