TOPEKA — A big third quarter led the Pittsburg High School boys’ basketball team to a 59-40 win over Topeka-Seaman High School in the first round of the Kansas 5A state tournament on Wednesday.
The score was tied at 15-all at halftime, but the Purple Dragons came alive in the second half, scoring 27 points in the third quarter after being held to two points in the second.
PHS scored 10 consecutive points to begin the second half, with six coming via a pair of 3-pointers by Drew Roelfs.
The Vikings broke the scoring drought with a pair of free throws, but fell behind 42-27 at the end of the third quarter, as the Purple Dragons sank a trio of 3-pointers which were made between Roelfs, Javon Grant and Marque English.
Pittsburg went on to begin the fourth quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers — courtesy of Roelfs and Gavyn Elkamil — to extend the lead to 48-27 and coasted to the victory in the closing minutes.
As a team, the Purple Dragons shot 61% from behind the arc, with five 3-pointers coming from Roelfs for a total of 15 points in the contest to go along with four assists and a rebound.
English led the team with 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a block.
The Purple Dragons will take on either Wichita Heights or Salina Central at 8:15 p.m. on Friday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.