Warriors defeat Hope

Staff writer

The Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team traveled to Hope for the final contest of the regular season and came away with a 65-53 victory over the Lions. They will now compete at Oxford as the fifth seed in the Moundridge sub-state tournament.

Tommy Morris opened the game with a 2-point basket. Hope answered with a basket, but Seth Topham came back with a 2-pointer. Hope again scored a 2-pointer and the game was tied at four with 4 minutes left in the quarter. A 10-point run from PBHS included a Hunter Pickens 3-pointer, a 2-point basket, a trey from Christian Gard, and two free throws from Morris. With 1:00 on the clock, PBHS led 14-4. Hope added 4 points late in the period but Gard capped the 17-point quarter with a trey. The Warriors were up 17-8 at the end of one quarter.

The second quarter commenced with a trey by Hope. Gard answered with two points from the free-throw line and Braxton Kyle also got a free throw. Pickens and Morris each added a basket before the Lions added two points from the line. Morris added a trey with 3:30 left on the clock. PBHS led 27-13. Pickens scored a basket but a five-point run from Hope narrowed the gap, 29-18. Austin Savage added a two late in the quarter and Gard netted two treys. The Warriors were up, 37-21, at the half.

PBHS offense slowed in the third quarter but the Warriors still held the 48-35 lead at the end of the quarter. Savage had a trey in the period. Gard, Pickens, Kyle, and Garret Schroeder each scored two points.

Both offenses had good production in the fourth but PBHS held onto the lead for the 65-53 win. Pickens led the period scoring with eight points. Morris and Gard each had three. Schroeder added two and Savage had one from the line.

Gard scored 21 points, Pickens scored 17 points and Morrris had 12.

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