PITTSBURG — The good times kept rolling for the Pittsburg boys’ basketball team, who won their fourth straight game Tuesday after beating Fort Scott 61-58 at home.
The Purple Dragons built and early lead in the first three quarters of play before holding off the Tigers late in the fourth to preserve the win. PHS had a 10-point lead as late as the six-minute mark in the game before Fort Scott made their run. Pittsburg ultimately held on by making enough free throws late.
With Pittsburg’s Adrian Scroggins pushing the score to 53-43, Fort Scott got back in the ball game after an inside score from Brody Southwell and a 3-pointer from Jesse Jones to make the score 53-48.
The Tigers cut the lead to five points once more moments later, but Elijah Harris answered with a fast-break layup to put PHS up 57-50 with 1:50 remaining.
Pittsburg found themselves up 58-52 with 40 seconds left in the game when a turnover by the Purple Dragons led to a layup going the other way by Kaleb DeLaTorre to trim the lead to four points.
Scroggins went one for two at the free-throw line, and Fort Scott’s Austin Cook grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a put back to bring the Tigers within three, 59-56.
It came down to free throws for the Purple Dragons, who got a pair from Dylan Untereker with 13.9 seconds to make the score 61-56 to give PHS a big enough cushion to hold on to the win.
Untereker led all players in scoring with 26 points, 14 of which came from the charity stripe.
Marque English had 10 points for PHS, while Scroggins finished with six.
DeLaTorre had 22 points to lead the Tigers in scoring, while Devonte Robinson finished with 13 in the loss.
An early three-point lead soon turned to eight points by the half as the Purple Dragons outscored the Tigers 18-13 in the second period.
Untereker gave PHS their initial push after a score the post followed by a pair of free throws to start the second half gave Pittsburg an 18-11 lead.
A triple in the corner from Scroggins put PHS up 10, and Scroggins made the score 25-13 after a steal and fast-break score on the ensuing Tiger possession.
Butcher pushed the lead to 13 points on a 3-pointer, but the Tigers scored five straight points to cut the lead to eight before each team traded baskets to close out the half with the score 32-24, Pittsburg.
The two field goals that got the Tigers back within single digits came on a n inside score from Southwell as well as a free-throw line jumper by Marcus Stepps.
The Purple Dragon boys will follow the girls’ game in their road matchup with Labette County Friday.
Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter at @LDsportswriter.