The Prescott Badgers snapped a four game losing streak with a 53-46 win over rival Bradshaw Mountain in Prescott Valley last night.
The Bears only lead came at 4-3 early in the first quarter. Prescott took control after going on a 10-2 run to open up a 13-6 lead. Jason Parent started the game with a three pointer and had 5 in the quarter. Jacob Carter added a spark with a pair of baskets to help build the lead. A three pointer by Carter John pulled the Bears to within 13-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Collin Hicks ignited the Badgers offense with a pair of long range three pointers from the baseline, to boost the Prescott lead to 23-13 with 2:47 left in the half.
The Bears were stuck on the 13, as the Badgers defense stepped it up to hold Bradshaw Mountain scoreless for the final three plus minutes in the second quarter.
The Prescott lead grew in the third quarter. Jason Parent and Milap Owens worked together, as They combine to steal the ball and Owens took it for an easy layup and the score was 32-15.
The Bears responded with a 6-0 run to cut their deficit to 32-21.
After a timeout, Sam Yeager came right back to make a great block in the paint after he missed three at the offensive end.
Yeager later drove across the lane, feeding Jacob Carter for a three, and a Badger 39-25 lead after three quarters.
Bradshaw Mountain took advantage of errors by Prescott to pull within 40-34 with 4:08 left, on a pair of baskets by Josh Grant and the first basket by Nathan Summit..
Prescott Coach Travis Stedman had seen enough and called a timeout with 3:59 to play.
Coast to coast by Carter John got the Bears to within four at 41-37 with 3:13 left, but that was as close as it would get.
It was a frenzy pace in the final three minutes as the Bears tried to scrap their way back into it. The Badgers were able to make a living at the free throw line, converting 10-19 from the charity stripe, most if those in the final two minutes.
Korey Schwartz battled inside to limit Bradshaw Mountain to one shot and contributed on the offensive end with a key rebound basket with a minute to play. Schwartz definitely won the battle of the big men with Nathan Summit. Schwartz finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Summit was held scoreless to the final four minutes and ended with just 3 points. Schwartz said, " That was one of my goals was to keep him under control."
Badger coach Travis Stedman said, "We did a great job with our interior defense and our pursuit of defensive rebounds. For the first time in over a week we defended in the half court at a game winning level. Offensively in the fourth our flow was a bit stale and stagnant which led to a big momentum switch and made a probable blowout to something much more interesting for our fans. Big props to our kids for showing the poise to finish that game. Above all thats a road region win at a very tough place to play which ended a difficult stretch of games for us."
Prescott improves to (3-2) in the Grand Canyon Region and (4-9) overall. The Badgers return home to host Mohave on Friday at 7pm.
Bradshaw Mountain dropped to (3-3) and (10-8). The Bears travel to Thunderbird tonight at 7pm.
PRESCOTT BADGERS 53, BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN BEARS 46
Prescott (53)- Yeager 2 0-0 4, Owens 2 5-6 9, Boyd 1 2-6 4, Parent 2 5-6 10, K. Schwartz 4 5-8 13, Carter 3 0-0 7, Hicks 2 0-0 6, S. Schwartz 0 0-0 0, Koning 0 0-0 0. 16 17-26 53
Bradshaw Mountain (46)- John 5 3-7 15, Nestor 3 0-0 7, Macias 3 0-0 6, Summit 2 1-2 5, Banda 3 0-0 6, Folkestad 0 0-0 0, Perez 0 0-0 0, Grant 2 0-0 4, Beilfuss 0 0-0 0, Stegall 1 1-4 3, Platt 0 0-0 0. 19 5-13 46.
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Prescott 13 15 11 14 - 53
Bradshaw Mountain 9 4 12 21 - 46
Total Fouls-P 16, BM 22
Three Pointers- BM (3)-John 2, Nestor 1. P (4)-Hicks 2, Parent 1, Carter 1