NIXA, Mo. -- The Pittsburg Purple Dragons have played two of the biggest schools in Kansas and Missouri in the past week. Last Thursday, the boy’s basketball team faced Blue Valley Northwest and on Tuesday, faced the Nixa Eagles on the road.
But once again, the Purple Dragons could not come away with the upset, losing 73-44 in the non-league match up.
With the loss, the Purple Dragons ended a four-game stretch in the last week with a 2-2 record, going 5-5 overall.
“That’s what we talked about in the locker room,” said head coach Kiley Roelfs in his post game comments with Mike Snow of 1340 AM. “We played a four game stretch and came out 2-2. Hopefully, we can learn some things that’ll get us closer to that level of competition.”
Marque English and Adrian Scroggins both scored 13 points to lead the Purple Dragons while Dylan Untereker had nine points.
The Eagles took a 4-2 lead early in the first quarter before the Purple Dragons managed to tie the game at 6-6.
Nixa soon built a seven point lead as the Eagles went six of seven from the free throw line.
Elijah Harris was sent to the line in the final minute of the first quarter. He missed both shots and the quarter ended with the Eagles up 18-8.
Nixa came out strong in the second quarter, going on a 4-0 run and a timeout was taken.
Sherrick Rogers had the ball ripped away from him and a jump call gave possession back to the Eagles.
Braeden Combs’ lay up made it 24-8, Nixa.
Untereker ended the Purple Dragons’ drought with an inside shot.
“They’re tough to guard,” Roelfs said. “Untereker’s big and he has a lot of intensity. With their size, they just kept throwing bigger guys at us. Tonight, we didn’t do enough to slow them down to give ourselves a chance.
Seth Viebrock answered right back for the Eagles with a layup.
A free throw by Harris made it 29-12 before Garrett Bacon responded with a deuce.
A one-handed dunk by Bacon in the final minute helped the Eagles extend their lead to a 37-16 halftime lead.
“I think their size played a huge factor,” Roelfs said. “Against a team like this, you have to make all of those shots. To our credit, our kids put the ball in the right place. But we couldn’t finish. Nixa was able to finish, whether it was at the line or on field goals.”
Nixa went on an 18-4 run to begin the second half.
Elmar scored with a layin to end the third quarter with a 62-24 Nixa lead.
Untereker scored off a left handed layup in the fourth quarter and Scroggins scored from a transition basket soon after.
“One thing we talked about is consistent play,” Roelfs said. “We’ve been good at times on the floor but we haven’t put it together for long enough periods of time to take it to another level. We’ve been good enough to win games but we need to get better at that and get more consistent on both ends of the floor.”
But Nixa’s lead was too much to overcome.
Austin Bracker had six points for the Eagles while Combs had nine. Preston Flood had five points and Jacob Kleinsmith scored two.