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  • PHS sweeps Columbus on Homecoming night

  • The Pittsburg boys proved a tough combination to beat Friday night — a 38-17 rebounding edge, three scorers hovering around 20 points, 14 turnovers (high of five in one quarter) and five 3-point shots resulted in a 66-42 win over Columbus on Homecoming.

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  • The Pittsburg boys proved a tough combination to beat Friday night — a 38-17 rebounding edge, three scorers hovering around 20 points, 14 turnovers (high of five in one quarter) and five 3-point shots resulted in a 66-42 win over Columbus on Homecoming.
    Senior big men Stefon Rich and FeDor Lomax ended with double-doubles — Rich 19 points and 10 rebounds, Lomax 18 points and 10 rebounds — and senior wing Tanner Ellis poured in 17 points and three 3-pointers.
    “Balance is good for us,” Pittsburg head coach Kiley Roelfs said. “Teams are always going to pay a lot of attention to us inside because of our presence. When we knock shots down around that, it makes us hard to deal with offensively and it gives us a more efficient offense. It makes a big difference.”
    Pittsburg won the game in the even quarters, outscoring Columbus 26-9 in the second and 17-3 in the fourth. That amounts to a 31-point edge in even quarters and Roelfs attributes this edge to another word that starts with E.
    “I told our guys after the game that I felt ENERGY was the key in both those stretches,” Roelfs said. “We had energy and got it going in those quarters. We had a couple lulls in our energy. I thought we came out with good energy, then we kind of lost it there early on and they started feeling good. Then, we got our energy back and made our run. We came out in the second half flat and we didn’t have good energy. They got right back in the game and you could feel it, it was dead. We made a couple plays again and that was when we were able to extend the lead.”
    Pittsburg led 49-39 at the start of the fourth and scored the first 13 points of the stanza before Columbus made its first and only basket of the fourth.
    Ellis scored eight of his points in the second quarter, Lomax scored eight in the second and six in the fourth and Rich scored eight in the second, including six in the final 2 minutes.
    Aaron Bigando and Jordan Morgan led Columbus with nine points apiece and Nate Bole added eight.
    Pittsburg (8-6) won both games this week and travels to Parsons on Tuesday for a Southeast Kansas League showdown with the Vikings.
    “We talked to our guys all year about trying to get better and trying to play our best basketball at the end of the year,” Roelfs said. “It’s Feb. 1 today and we’re not there yet. I think that’s a positive. We’re not there yet and we have gotten better. Our guys have taken a good approach in terms of getting on the practice floor and trying to get better. We need to stay focused and see what happens in February.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Pittsburg won the JV game 66-35 with 21 points from Shane Moore and 17 from Micah Hashman. Pittsburg also won the freshman game 59-29 behind 14 points by Adrian Scroggins and 11 points by Spencer Turnbull.
    Pittsburg girls 43, Columbus 39
    The Purple Dragons used a 33-18 rebounding advantage, some tough defense and a 7-0 run early in the third quarter to go on to victory.
    “We definitely crushed them on the boards,” Pittsburg head coach Kim Peterson-O’Bray said. “That was one of our goals . . . to outrebound our opponents. The last couple of games we had not done that and we made that a focus. The girls really did a good job of blocking out.
    “I thought we did an outstanding job defensively first half in our man-to-man, especially the second quarter. We even had some subs in who held their own and played man-to-man, great team defense. We were able to put on a little pressure defense and that helped our cause. Overall, as a team, we did a good job defensively.”
    Alaura Short led Pittsburg with 15 points and seven rebounds, Lizzy Willis had eight points and 10 rebounds (seven boards in the first quarter) and freshman Sam Bollinger provided four points and seven rebounds.
    Pittsburg led 25-20 at halftime and scored the first seven points out of break on baskets from Katy Short and Alaura Short and 3 by Mercedes Vogel. That lead proved to be enough, despite a couple missed free throws by Pittsburg down the stretch.
    The Purple Dragons returned to the win column after four straight losses, beginning February, the final month of the regular season, on the good foot.
    “I guess it didn’t matter how it came,” Peterson-O’Bray said. “We wanted a W no matter what and we got it even though it was real ugly at times. We’ll take the W for sure. We’ve got one full month left before postseason starts and hopefully, we can get on a roll.”
    The JV won 33-24, led by MaKayla Pichler with 12 points, Kailey Curtis with eight and Bollinger with seven.
    Pittsburg (9-5) travels to Parsons on Tuesday.

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