A final round loss in sub-state competition at Moundridge ended the 2013 basketball season for Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team. On Feb. 27 in round one, the team took the win over Oxford, 45-42. On Friday, a second-round 62-48 victory over Central Burden put the Warriors into finals against Moundridge. The Warriors were defeated Saturday, 57-33. The team finished the season with 12-11 record.
PBHS built an early 7-2 lead with a 3-pointer from Christian Gard, two free throws from Tommy Morris and a 2-point basket from Hunter Pickens. PBHS continued to score with a two from Gard and a basket from Braxton Kyle. Garret Schroeder added two buckets late in the quarter to build a 15-2 lead. With 10 seconds left in the period, Oxford added a 2-pointer. PBHS led, 15-4, at the end of the first.
The first basket in the second came from Austin Savage. Oxford added two points. Seth Topham hit the front end of two free throws and PBHS led, 18-6. The Oxford offense sank a trey and a two but Kyle followed with a basket. Again, Oxford answered with a two but Schroeder and Morris combined for four points. PBHS led, 24-13. Oxford gained four points late in the period but PBHS had the 24-17 edge at halftime.
Oxford closed the gap to tie the contest at 24 with 2 minutes left in the third. PBHS regained the lead on a Savage 2 but an Oxford trey late in the quarter put the PBHS squad behind 27-26 at the buzzer.
PBHS trailed, 29-26, early in the fourth but Pickens cut the Oxford edge to one with a 2-point basket. A steal followed by a layup from Morris put the PBHS squad back on top, 30-29. A steal from Topham increased the lead, 32-29, but Oxford came back to within one, 32-31. An outside jumper from Topham and a free throw from Morris gave the Warriors a four-point boost, 35-3,1 but Oxford came back with a 2-pointer.
Gard grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast for a basket but again Oxford stayed within a basket with two. Oxford then scored two from two trips to the line and the game was all even at 37. Topham was four-for-four from the line and PBHS led 41-37.
With 23 seconds left in the quarter, Oxford scored two points and cut the Warrior lead, 41-39. Gard added two from the line and PBHS led, 43-39, with 20 seconds left on the clock. An Oxford trey made the score, 43-42 with less than 4 seconds to play. An Oxford foul on the inbound pass sent Savage to the line where he connected on both shots. The Warriors won, 45-42.
Gard and Topham led PBHS scoring with nine points followed by Morris with seven, and Savage and Schroeder with six.
The Warriors were outscored by two points in the first quarter. Pickens paced the team with eight points. Savage had three and Xavier Jabary added two. PBHS trailed, 15-12, at the end of the period.
PBHS exploded in the second as PBHS took the 33-26 advantage at halftime. Savage led with nine points including a trey. Kyle added two 3-pointers and Morris added four points.
Both offenses were even in the third but PBHS remained in front at the end of the quarter, 46-38. Morris paced the team with five points. Savage added four, including a trey. Topham had a 2-point basket and Kyle and Pickens each had a free throw.
Sixteen points in the fourth sealed the contest for the PBHS squad. Pickens led with seven. Kyle added four. Savage and Topham each had two. Gard recovered a free throw.
Savage had 18 points to lead the Warriors. Pickens had 16, Kyle had 11 and Morris had 10.
Moundridge took the early two-point advantage, but Morris responded with a jumper from the corner to tie the game, 2-2.
The Wildcats then went on an 11-0 run and led 13-2 with 1:32 left in the quarter. Morris added two from the line late in the period and Savage scored a trey to cut the Wildcat lead, 15-7.
Savage had the first two in the second. Moundridge added two but Savage followed with a 3-pointer. Another Wildcat basket was then followed by a two from Kyle. The Wildcats got two from the line but Morris finished the quarter with a bucket. PBHS trailed, 21-16, at halftime.
PBHS was outscored, 20-11, in the third quarter. Kyle led the team with five points including a trey. Morris, Savage, and Pickens each added two. The Warriors were down, 41-27, heading into the fourth.
With only four from Pickens and two from Kyle, PBHS offense stalled in the final period. Moundridge added 16.
Savage led the Warriors with 10 points. Kyle was second with nine and Morris had eight.