Harvesters shooting woes doom them against Perryton in 47-37 loss
The Pampa Harvesters (6-6, 0-1) hosted the Perryton Rangers on a Tuesday evening and after leading 18-11 in the first quarter, were outscored 36-19 in the other three quarters for a 47-37 loss.
“No. 14 is long and is a great athlete. No. 24 is a great defender and guarded Cason (Floyd) well,” Head Coach Braydon Barker said.
“Cason had a hard time getting past him and that limited us a little bit on offense. The last three quarters we couldn’t get the ball in the hole and that’s what basketball is. We struggled with that and we knew shooting was going to be a weakness for us. We have to find a way to score besides shooting outside threes.”
The Harvesters came out of the gate firing with three threes from junior Troy Perez, a trey from senior Cason Floyd and buckets from seniors Jack Studebaker and Jake Thomas to jump out to an 18-6 lead.
“He (Troy Perez) was out the first part of the year and is just now getting back into shape. That was a good start for him and I wish we could’ve kept feeding him because he started out 3-3 in threes,” Barker said.
“They guarded him a little closer in the second half. That was a good addition. Hopefully we can keep building on that, Cason can get hot and Jake (Thomas) can hit some big threes. It’s just going to be a collective effort.
Perez kept the momentum going with a basket and a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 22-16 before a 4-0 Perryton run closed the gap to 22-20 heading into the locker rooms at halftime.
Studebaker and Perez added free throws to start the second half before Perryton took a 26-25 lead at the 4:06 mark in the third quarter.
“He (Jack Studebaker) is a good passer and a good leader,” Barker said. “He was on varsity last year and had some minutes on that Regional Finals team. We’re still working some guys in and trying to find some rotations that work. It’s still a learning process but we’ve got to find it pretty quick in District.
Pampa took the 30-26 lead after a three from Thomas and a pair of free throws from Perez but Perryton battled back and took the 31-30 lead. The teams traded blows in the waning moments of the third quarter as Pampa led 34-33.
The Harvesters were held to three points in the fourth quarter and Perryton took the lead and the eventual win at 47-37.
The Harvesters return to action Friday when they host Hereford following the girls game at roughly at 7:30 p.m.
“They’ve got good shooters and play hard man-to-man,” Barker said. “We’re going to have to limit our turnovers and take care of the ball. We’re going to have to knock down some shots, it still comes down to putting the ball in the hole better than we have been.”
Troy Perez had 17 points with three threes and was 6-7 in free throws; Jake Thomas had 10 points with a three and was 2-2 in free throws; Cason Floyd had five points and a three; Jack Studebaker had three points and was 1-2 in free throws and Brand Jiminez had two points.
As a team, the Harvesters shot 9-11 (81 percent) in free throws.