ALTAMONT — Javon Grant put on full display the breadth of his skill for the Pittsburg Purple Dragons, scoring 39 points in his team’s 76-36 win over the Labette County Grizzlies.
“If he gets the ball in transition, he’s very good,” Labette County head coach Bradley Argabright said. “He knows how to get to rim, finish and get that contact. He’s really good about getting his teammates involved as well. He’s just a great player.”
Pittsburg raced ahead of Labette County in the first half, routinely scoring in transition opportunities. The Purple Dragons led 12-3 through eight minutes before hanging up 32 points in the second quarter.
“Pittsburg played really well, and we didn’t help that a lot tonight,” Argabright said. “They’re really good in transition, and we didn’t get back. We just let them get a lot of easy buckets. They got hot at the 3-point line as well. But I thought our kids played hard. It just wasn’t our night.”
Chase Carnahan led Labette County with 10 points while Eli Hestand added nine.
“We’ve got to get back after it in the gym,” Argabright said. “We need practice time to make ourselves better, however that may be. We know we’re ready to compete against anybody that will be in our sub-state.”
Pittsburg improved to 10-6 overall and 7-2 in SEK League action. The Purple Dragons are tied with Fort Scott for first place in the league, and the two teams meet on Saturday with first place at stake.
Labette County dropped to 6-10 overall and 4-5 in the league.
The Grizzlies will play three games next week to wrap up SEK League play against Chanute, Coffeyville and Independence. Those three teams are also in the Grizzlies’ sub-state.
“I want to see us compete and what kind of heart we’ve got coming off this loss,” Argabright said. “I expect our guys to be ready to go on Monday.”
Pittsburg 76, Labette County 36
Labette Co.: 3 13 13 7 — 36
Pittsburg: 12 32 24 8 — 76
Labette County: Tray Vinson 3, Eli Gestand 9, Chase Carnahan 10, Hudson Baker 3, John Kohler 7, Russell McCarty 4
Pittsburg: Cooper Ratzlaff 1, LJ Butcher 9, Javon Grant 39, Elijah Thornton 2, Haiden McCoy 2, Jackson Turnbull 10, Mason English 9, Grant Roelfs 2, Tyson Wiemers 2