Pirates over Golden Bears, 71-54

Piper junior Braijion Barnes (4) put down a slam dunk in the third quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Piper Pirates beat Turner 71-54 in Piper on Friday night to close out the final Kaw Valley League basketball season.

Points were hard to come by in the early going, with the first basket made four minutes into the game. Turner held the lead at the end of the first quarter, 11-6.

The Pirates opened up their offense in the second quarter, collecting 23 points from six different players in the quarter, including three-pointers from Trey Bates and Ty Shelley. Piper held the halftime lead 29-24.

The teams were evenly matched through the third quarter, but Turner wasn’t able to close the gap. In the fourth quarter, Piper’s Doc Covington and Tamar Bates combined for 20 points to pull away from the Golden Bears.

Doc Covington led Piper scoring with 20 points, and Tamar Bates added 14, all in the second half. Donald Rollen paced Turner with 11 points, and Fred Poe scored 10.

Both teams will be in substate action next weekend in the KSHSAA state tournament. Tournament brackets and schedules will be announced Saturday morning.

Young Piper fans were impressed by Trey Bates’ moves on a fast break. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Turner senior Donald Rollen (12) got a hand on a shot by Piper junior Braijion Barnes (4). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Turner senior Fred Poe (33) drove to the basket. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Turner senior Ricky Jackson (5) was challenged by Piper junior Cooper Beebe (00) on his shot. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Piper sophomore Ty Shelley (23) took a three-point shot. Shelley hit 3 of 5 shots from three-point range. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Cooper Beebe tried to get a shot past Fred Poe but was fouled. Beebe ended the game with 9 points and 6 rebounds. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The Piper dance team performed an emotional dance routine honoring their senior members. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Fred Poe dribbled at the perimeter looking for an opening in the Piper defense. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Piper senior Bryce Yoder (30) pulled down one of his 13 rebounds in the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Turner senior Russell Reed III drove for a layup. Reed hit three 3-point shots to end the game with 9 points. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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