Late ABC Sports broadcaster Jim McKay gave us the immortal words “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”



The visiting Labette County Grizzlies experienced the thrill of victory and the Pittsburg Purple Dragons felt the agony of defeat in a Class 4A substate game Tuesday night after Labette County pulled out a 67-63 overtime win.

Late ABC Sports broadcaster Jim McKay gave us the immortal words “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”

The visiting Labette County Grizzlies experienced the thrill of victory and the Pittsburg Purple Dragons felt the agony of defeat in a Class 4A substate game Tuesday night after Labette County pulled out a 67-63 overtime win.

Pittsburg led Labette County 18-11 after one quarter, 32-20 at halftime and 42-27 in the third after junior big man Stefon Rich split a pair of free throws before Labette County forward Tucker Thompson entered the zone.

Thompson scored 14 consecutive points to get Labette County back to 46-41 after three quarters. The 6-foot-4 sophomore scored 17 points in the third en route to a game-high 27 points on seven 3-point shots.

“He got on fire,” Pittsburg head coach Kiley Roelfs said. “Any time somebody gets on fire, it makes it a tougher matchup. He’s one of their ‘bigs’ if you will but he’s not a true big. He’s a kid who can step out and shoot the 3.

“When he got hot, we tried guarding him with some of our bigs. We tried to get a couple matchup changes in there. It took us too long to get to that and that’s my fault. Eventually, we slowed him down some but not until after quite a bit of damage was done and the momentum had swung to their side.”

Pittsburg senior forward Jalen King played a strong game on his 18th birthday and scored the final seven points for Pittsburg, including a contested jump shot in the lane for a 58-all score at the end of the regulation. King started off extras with a 3-point shot and hit two free throws for a 63-60 lead. King finished with 23 points.

Labette County finished out the scoring with a big 3-pointer by senior Jonny Krewson, a drive and finish by sophomore point guard Lee Reliford and two clutch free throws by Krewson with 10.6 seconds remaining.

Krewson denied Pittsburg senior Joe Wimmer a potential game-tying basket, contesting a layup without committing a foul. Krewson gained the rebound and held on, drawing a foul and making both ends of a 1-and-1.

“We came out, we hit that 3 and seized momentum,” Roelfs said. “But they answered. Everything we did, they answered. When they went on that run, they became the aggressors, they became the team with confidence and momentum. When you play with confidence, your shots, even tough shots, have a lot better chance of going in and I thought they hit some tough shots down the stretch in the fourth and in overtime. They were feeling good.”
Labette County made 5 of its 6 foul shots on 1-and-1s in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Pittsburg seniors King, Wimmer, Dillon O’Dell, Jornell Fondren, Dylan Gromer, Andrew Joy and Brandon Smith played their final games Tuesday night.

“There’s no way to sum up the feelings,” Roelfs said. “The biggest overall thing is that it’s over. It’s postseason play and you lose that one and you’re done. You can’t say anything to make anybody feel better after that game.

“We appreciate everything our seniors have done. I like the way that we went out there and competed. We had control of that game for a long time, one of their kids took it upon his shoulders to get them back in the game and they made enough plays down the stretch to get it done. I’m real proud of our kids’ efforts and they battled.”
Junior forward FeDor Lomax finished with 18 points and O’Dell added 10. Pittsburg ends its season 12-9.

In addition to a game-high 27 points from Thompson, Reliford added 13 and Krewson 10. Labette County (10-11) plays county and league rival Parsons (19-2, top seed) in a semifinal game Friday night at Coffeyville.

Labette County boys 67, Pittsburg 63 (OT)
LCHS    11  9  21  17  9  — 67
PHS    18 14 14  12  5  — 63
LABETTE COUNTY (67) — Tucker Thompson 10 0-2 27, Lee Reliford 5 3-4 13, Jonny Krewson 2 4-4 10, Zack Stewart 3 0-0 6, Cole Traxson 3 0-0 6, Chase Dodsworth 1 1-1 3, Dontae Johnson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 8-11 67.
PITTSBURG (63) — Jalen King 9 4-4 23, FeDor Lomax 7 4-5 18, Dillon O’Dell 5 0-0 10, Joe Wimmer 2 2-2 6, Stefon Rich 2 1-2 5, Jornell Fondren 0 1-2 1. Totals: 25 12-15 63.