Warriors finish second in tournament

Staff writer

Peabody-Burns High School boys' basketball team finished the Pretty Prairie tournament Saturday at Berean with a makeup game.

PBHS lost in the game 55-35, but still finished in second place.

The squad is 1-1 in the Heart of America League and 3-3 overall.

The Warriors played Tuesday at Goessel and travel Friday to Moundridge for another game.

The PBHS offense struggled in the first quarter, scoring only three points.

Duane Unruh scored two points and Adam Benson added a free throw.

Berean came up with eight points from field, and led by five.

The Warrior offense continued to struggle in the second, scoring just six points. Andrew Loucks, Jacob Simmonds, and Unruh all scored a basket.

PBHS trailed 18-9 at the break.

While the offense picked it up in the third, the defense allowed 22 points to the Berean squad, and was down 40-23 heading into the final quarter.

Unruh had seven points in the quarter, Simmonds nailed a three-pointer, and Jake Middleton and Benson each had two points.

PBHS could not generate enough offense to overcome the gap in the fourth quarter, and lost by 20.

Fourth-quarter scoring included Unruh with four points, Isaac Burnett three, Trevor Hamm and Simmonds two, and Middleton one.

The Warriors lost the first game of the New Year against Bennington, 73-65.

The offense struggled against the Bennington press in the first quarter.

Hamm paced the Warriors with a basket and two free throws, Unruh had a basket and a free throw, and Adam Benson added two points.

Turnovers led to transition points for the Bulldogs, as they led 19-9 after one period.

Bennington scored 18 points in the second, expanding the lead to 37-26 at the half.

PBHS scored 17 led by Simmonds' nine points. Bishop added seven points and Hamm had two.

A PBHS offensive explosion took place in the third quarter as the Warriors poured in 26 points, and Bennington managed just 18.

Bishop sunk a three-pointer with nine seconds left in the third to close the game to 55-52.

He paced the team with eight points, including two threes.

Simmonds and Aaron Topham each had seven points, while Unruh, Hamm, and Benson had two.

Unruh scored a basket plus a free throw early in the fourth to knot the game at 55.

The lead changed four times in the first four minutes, but the Bulldogs took advantage of key turnovers late in the game to grab the lead for good.

Unruh had five in the fourth, Simmonds had four, and Benson and Topham each had two.