Pampa falls to Borger in season finale for both

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BORGER — The Pampa Harvesters traveled to Borger on Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in what was a season-finale for both teams.

Pampa struggled shooting the ball and the Bulldogs beat Pampa 68-52.

“We didn’t shoot very well and they shot very well,” Head Coach Braydon Barker said. “We were playing this game for pride and we played hard in the first half. They just made more shots than we did. In the second half I just let the seniors finish it out. It was the last game for them after putting four good years in. I wanted to do them justice and let them finish the game.”

Pampa got on the board first with a bucket from senior Jack Studebaker. Borger answered with one of their own before buckets from Studebaker and junior Hunter Nichols to give the Harvesters a 6-2 lead. Borger went on a 6-0 run before a rebound put-back from senior Sean Jensen tied the game at 8-8. Borger took the 10-8 lead to close out the opening quarter.

Junior Cason Floyd went 2-2 in free throws to start the second quarter to tie it at 10-10. Borger went on an 8-0 run. Junior Troy Perez hit a bucket followed by a basket from Nichols to make it 21-14 Borger. Studebaker had a series of layups in the paint to pull Pampa back within five at 24-19 with 3:40 left in the second quarter. Senior Brandon Jiminez added a basket before the end of the half and it was 31-23 at the half.

Pampa kept fighting in the third quarter with a pair of baskets from Nichols and Floyd to keep Pampa within seven. Floyd added another score but Borger kept their 10-point lead at 39-29. The senior squad continued to add points in the final minutes of the quarter with Studebaker, Jensen and Jiminez to keep Pampa within nine and 2:05 minutes left in the third. 

“They always show up for practice and work hard so they deserve some playing time and this was a good game to do it. This was their last game in a Harvester uniform,” Barker said. “I’m just proud of them. They are all good young men and are going to go to college, trade school, etc. and be successful.”

Borger added two more baskets and Pampa trailed 50-37.

Senior Jake Thomas had a pair of baskets in the fourth quarter while Floyd added a three and a bucket but 

Borger was too much for the Harvesters as they went on to win 68-52, ending Pampa’s season.

Reflecting on the past season, Barker’s favorite two games were the big wins against Borger at home and on the road at Perryton.

“The home game against Borger was awesome,” Barker said. “Then going to Perryton and winning was big and got us back into the District race. We just couldn’t get the wins we needed to down the stretch. Those two wins were great, for sure.”

Looking ahead to next year, Barker and the Harvesters just want to get in the gym and working on their shooting.

“We’ve got to get bigger, stronger and faster,” Barker said. “We’ve got to get into the gym and shoot. The games we struggled in this year was due to our shooting. We played good defense most of the year, we just didn’t put the ball in the hole most of the year.”

Unofficial stats

The Harvesters were led in scoring by Cason Floyd who had 11 points with a three and was 2-2 in free throws and Hunter Nichols who had 11 points and was 3-4 in free throws; Brandon Jiminez had 10 points; Jack Studebaker had 10 points; Jake Thomas had six points and was 2-2 in free throws and Sean Jensen had four points.

As a team, Pampa shot 7-11 (63 percent) in free throws.

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