Warriors win two at Mid-Kansas Classic

Staff writer

Peabody-Burns High School Warriors claimed two victories in the pre-season tournament this past week hosted by Pretty Prairie.

The Warriors defeated the host team, 68-55, Dec. 4. They edged Oxford 66-60, Friday in the first home game of the season.

The final game of the tournament was postponed due to inclement weather and has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Berean Academy.

PBHS captured the lead against Pretty Prairie with less than three minutes elapsed in the first quarter, and led 25-13 after the end of one.

Duane Unruh led the scoring in the quarter with 14 points, including two three-pointers.

Aaron Topham had five, and Andrew Loucks, Adam Benson, and Trevor Hamm each added a basket.

Unruh continued to have the hot hand, adding nine in the second period. Nathan Bishop got in the scoring with four, and Hamm and Jacob Simmonds each added two.

Swarming defense held the Bulldogs to only six free throws, and the Warrior lead was 42-19 at the half.

The Bulldogs came back to outscore PBHS in the third, 16-11, making the deficit at the end of the quarter, 53-35.

Bishop collected a three-pointer, and Unruh, Simmonds, Topham, and Martin Hofkamp each had two points.

The Bulldogs had their best quarter of scoring in the fourth with 20 points.

PBHS made plenty of trips to the free-throw line, nailing 9-20.

Benson led the quarter with four points, Bishop and Unruh each added three, and Brian Wingert and Simmonds each had two free throws.

Jake Middleton got on the board with a free throw and the Warriors won by 13.


Unruh, 28; Bishop, 10; Topham, seven; Benson, six; Simmonds, six; Hamm, four; Loucks, two; Wingert, two; Hofkamp, two; Middleton, one.


PBHS opened at home with the early lead against Oxford, but trailed by six at the end of the first period.

Bishop had four points, while Loucks and Simmonds each had two.

Second quarter PBHS offense outscored Oxford, 19-12.

The lead changed eight times in the period, but favored the Warriors at the buzzer, 27-26.

Simmonds paced the team with 11 points. Bishop added four, Benson had a basket, and Middleton added two free throws.

The Warrior offense found the hoop in the third, scoring 23.

Defensive pressure held Oxford to 15.

The gap at the end of the third was nine, 50-41.

Topham led in the period with nine points, while Bishop drained two three-pointers.

Loucks had four points, and Unruh and Simmonds each had two.

Oxford pulled to within three late in the fourth period, but PBHS held on to win by six.

Benson had seven points in the fourth, Hamm added four, Topham shot a three, and Simmonds sank two free throws.


Simmonds, 17; Bishop, 14; Topham, 12; Benson, nine; Loucks, six; Hamm, four; Middleton, two; Unruh, two.