Tigers give DeLaTorre 200th win

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Fort Scott's Gary Floyd (23) goes for a layup between two Pittsburg defenders during a Southeast Kansas League game Tuesday night at the FSHS gymnasium. Floyd led all scorers with 15 points as the Tigers took a 52-31 victory.(Captured Images/Kenny Felt)

Fort Scott High's boys gave head coach Jeff DeLaTorre the 200th win of his coaching career with a 52-31 victory over Pittsburg in a Southeast Kansas League game at the FSHS gymnasium Tuesday night.

DeLaTorre has a 200-98 record that includes the early years of his coaching career at Yates Center. As Fort Scott's head coach, DeLaTorre is 148-43.

"It was a thought but it wasn't a priority," DeLaTorre said afterward. "We were looking to get 1-0 in the SEK. And that's where our focus was. I'm more happy for the kids to be 1-0 in the SEK than the 200 wins.

"But I've been fortunate to have a lot of good kids here. I haven't made any baskets in any of those games; it's been the kids."

The Tigers (2-2 overall) broke things open midway through the first quarter with a 14-0 run that gave them a 21-6 lead when the horn sounded.

Although the Purple Dragons (0-1) had a bit of a rally in the third quarter, the game was pretty much decided by that run. Fort Scott shot 60 percent from the field over the first three quarters, held Pittsburg to 41 percent and forced a significant number of turnovers.

"We wanted to come out with a lot of intensity because it was their first night out and I felt like we did that," DeLaTorre said.

Gary Floyd led all scorers with 15 points as he connected on seven of 12 shots from the field. Alex Barner followed with 10 pints while Cory Schenkel and Jake Clements each added nine.

Jordan Bicknell led Pittsburg with eight points.

Overall, the Tigers shot 54 percent from the field as they made 20 of 37 field-goal attempts. The Dragons shot 33 percent on 12 of 36 after going three of 14 in the fourth quarter. Pittsburg also made just one of nine three-point attempts.

The Tigers won the battle of the boards, 26-25. Barner led the way with eight rebounds.

Fort Scott also recorded 12 steals as Pittsburg turned the ball over 24 times.

The Tigers will travel to Altamont Friday night to take on Labette County at 7:30 p.m. in Harrison Gymnasium. LCHS won its season opener over Iola, 79-59, Tuesday night.

"They have a good senior group that's played together a lot and they return a lot of guys," DeLaTorre said. "It's a tough place to play. This will be a very good test and we'll have to be ready."

JUNIOR VARSITY -- Jeremy Hull had 11 points and Gabe Quick and Griffin Knopp scored 10 each for the Tigers in a 58-54 loss to Pittsburg. The JV, in addition to a Friday game of their own at Labette County, will also have games in their home junior varsity tournament Thursday and Saturday.


PITTSBURG: Reed 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 1-7 0-0 2, Elliott 1-6 5-6 7, Mendez 0-2 0-0 0, Southern 1-2 0-0 2, Bicknell 4-6 0-2 8, Crowley 1-4 0-0 2, Younge 2-2 1-2 5, Rokos 2-7 0-2 5. TOTALS: 12-36 6-12 31.

FORT SCOTT: Quick 0-1 0-0 0, Boyd 2-4 0-0 4, Karleskint 0-1 0-0 0, Floyd 7-12 1-3 15, Clements 3-6 2-4 9, Knopp 1-4 0-0 2, Norris 1-1 1-3 3, Schenkel 3-3 2-2 9, Barner 3-5 3-6 10, Fancher 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20-37 9-18 52.

Pittsburg................. 6 8 11 6 -- 31

Fort Scott................ 21 12 10 9 -- 52

Three-point field goals: Pittsburg 1-9 (Rokos 1-3, Elliott 0-1, Southern 0-1, Wilson 0-4), Fort Scott 3-11 (Schenkel 1-1, Barner 1-1, Clements 1-3, Quick 0-1, Karleskint 0-1, Floyd 0-2, Knopp 0-2).

Total fouls: Pittsburg 18, Fort Scott 16. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.

Rebounds: Pittsburg 25 (Younge 6), Fort Scott 26 (Barner 8). Assists: Pittsburg 4 (four with 1 each), Fort Scott 11 (Knopp 4). Turnovers: Pittsburg 24, Fort Scott 18. Steals: Pittsburg 7 (Harris 2, Rokos 2), Fort Scott 12 (Floyd 3). Blocked shots: Pittsburg 1 (Younge), Fort Scott 3 (three with 1 each).