PITTSBURG — It was a big night for the Pittsburg High School basketball teams on Friday, as the boys’ team was crowned SEK champions with a 76-53 win over Labette County following a 67-46 loss for the girls’ team.

PHS BOYS WIN SEK TITLE

For the third consecutive year, the Pittsburg boys' team is champion of the SEK.

The Purple Dragons are the first team to win the SEK outright three times in a row since Fort Scott in 2003.

“We had a lot of good practices and really felt prepared coming into the game,” PHS head coach Kylie Roelfs said. “This was a hard-fought game and we knew it would be coming in. We were able to keep them off the free throw line in the second half, which helped get our defense going.”

Marque English had the hot hand, scoring a team-high 22 points in the win.

Chase Curtis and Gavyn Elkamil came in close behind with 17 and 13 points respectively.

PHS GIRLS STUMBLE IN LOSS TO GRIZZLIES

A special offensive performance by Labette County led the Grizzlies to a big win over the PHS girls’ team.

“Going into the game, our plan was to keep the ball out of Tristan Gegg’s hand,” PHS head coach Kris Crotts said. “That didn’t happen. Moving forward, our best bet is to forget this game, take Monday off and come in on Tuesday ready to finish our season with a win.”

Madden Petty and Rylee Johnson led the way offensively with 13 and 12 points respectively.

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The Purple Dragons will be in Coffeyville at 6 p.m. on Friday.