Caprock inside defense gives Pampa trouble in 51-39 loss

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The Pampa Harvesters (4-5) hosted the Caprock Longhorns over the weekend for their first game of 2021. 

The Longhorns size in the paint gave the Harvesters fits and eventually led to Pampa’s struggles in the 51-39 loss.

“It was there defense (making the difference). They were long and we knew they had a 6’7” in the paint that was really long and altering some shots and we just didn’t shoot well from the outside,” Head Coach Braydon Barker said. 

“You have to shoot well from the outside when playing them because they will negate some shots. We just didn’t shoot well and they were a good defensive team.”

The Harvesters got on the board first as junior Hunter Nichols hit a basket within the first minute. Junior Cason Floyd went 3-3 from the stripe and sophomore Huston Skinner added a free throw to make it 8-5. Floyd added two more free throws but Caprock led 11-10 after one.

The Longhorns held Pampa to another Skinner basket and three from senior Jake Thomas in the second quarter as they took a 24-15 lead at the half.

The Longhorns’ size led to Pampa shooting from the arc in the second and Pampa scored their first third quarter points with a pair of threes from Floyd and Skinner. 

“He (Huston Skinner) is athletic and long, plays good defense and he’s one of our better shooters,” Barker said. “He’s getting better every game, too, especially since he is young. We’re looking for some good things from him in District play.”

Caprock began to pull away and after three it was 44-25 Caprock.

The Harvesters scored 14 points in the fourth quarter with threes from junior Hunter Dyer and junior Troy Perez and baskets from Floyd and Nichols. But the Longhorns were too much for Pampa with a 51-39 win.

The Harvesters travel to Canadian Tuesday with varsity playing at 7:30 and return home on Friday when they host River Road.

“They (Canadian) play good man defense which we have been struggling against. Against Stratford (on Dec. 30) we shot well with them in the zone and scored 70 points,” Barker said. 

“We have to shore up our man offenses and maybe put in some new stuff for District. Canadian is going to be solid, it’s going to be a good game.”

Unofficial stats

Huston Skinner led the team in scoring with 10 points off a three and went 1-3 in free throws; Jake Thomas and Cason Floyd each had five points and each had a three; Hunter Nichols had five points and went 1-2 in free throws; Hunter Dyer had four points off a three and was 1-2 from the stripe and Troy Perez had three points off a trey.

The Harvesters went 3-7 (42 percent) in free throws.

Stats from 66-47 win at Stratford Dec. 30, 2020

Cason Floyd had 26 points with eight three-pointers; Hunter Nichols had 11 points and was 1-1 in free throws; Jake Thomas had six points with a three and was 1-2 in free throws; Tony Morales had five points with a three; Huston Skinner had five points and was 1-1 in free throws; Brandon Jiminez had five points with a three; Hunter Dyer had four points; Sean Jensen and Troy Perez had two points.

The Harvesters were 3-4 (75 percent) in free throws.

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