The Pratt Community College men's basketball team began competition against conference opponents with a road matchup against Allen County Community College. In a tight conference contest against the Red Devils, Pratt went to overtime for the second time in their last three games. At the end of the extra period PCC found themselves on the lower end of an 89-84 score.
In a relatively low-scoring game for the Beavers, six different players broke the double-digit point barrier. Guard Teddy Fifer III was the highest scorer for PCC with 16 points. His scoring was complimented with 15 points each from fellow guards Tyvon Taylor and Drew Maschoff. Forward Jerome Bivins had the best points per minute average of Pratt players while producing 14 points in just 21 minutes.
Maschoff went on to earn a double-double after bringing down 10 of the Beavers' 45 rebounds. Pratt's efforts on the glass continued to keep them within a fighting chance of victory. The blue and white snagged 19 offensive rebounds in a closely boarded contest.
Rebounds was one of the several categories that both teams were neck-and-neck in. Each side came within a 4-shot difference of one another in field goal attempts, 3-point field goal attempts and free throw attempts. Both sides were similar in shooting percentage for each statistic which made for a fairly even back-and-forth contest.
Pratt led the game at the end of the first 20-minute period by a single point (42-41). The Red Devils returned the favor during the second half where they outscored the Beavers 33-32. Allen County managed to get the best of Pratt during the overtime period, outscoring them 15-10 to take home a conference win on their home court.
PCC men's basketball tips off next against Cowley College on Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. The contest will mark the first conference game in the Lesh Sports Arena for the 2018-19 season.