The Prescott Badgers were bound and determined not to let another one get away from the Bradshaw Mountain Bears, and the Badgers did just that, with a 78-59 win over the Bears in the Badger Dome last night. Prescott remains unbeaten at home this season at (5-0).
Things started off slow for the Badgers as the Bears came out hungry, knocking shots down long range shots to build an early lead. Bradshaw hit seven three pointers in the game, with four coming in the first quarter, to jump out to a 17-6 lead. Charles Hicks, who finished with 16 points, and Dallin Jex with 10 points on the night, brought the Badgers back on a 11-5 run to end the first quarter.
Bradshaw went on an 8-3 run to equal their largest lead of the contest at 30-19, with 4:20 left in the first half. Prescott mounted a comeback, outscoring the Bears 15-4 to even things up. The Badgers would outscore Bradshaw Mountain in the final three quarters.
Kody Jones, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, took advantage of some holes in the Bears defense, and Cameron Parsons got a nice feed from Harris Temple to score as the final seconds ticked off the clock, as the Badgers knotted the score up at 34.
Bradshaw Mountain's Travis Lamb entered the game for the first time in the third quarter and was effective in the quarter by scoring 10 points
Prescott took control and the lead for good 46-44 on a basket in the lane by Kody Jones, with just under four minutes to play in the third quarter. Cameron Parsons added a bucket and a pair of free throws to help increase the lead to 57-51 at the end of three quarters.
The Badgers turned up the defensive heat, taking a close game and making it a runaway. Kody Jones, Cameron Parsons, and Charles Hicks all hit shots to increase the lead to double digits. Justin Kimball was impressive on the defensive side of the ball, causing the Bradshaw Mountain point guard fits. Kimball had a good night at the free throw line sinking seven of eight. Prescott was a plus 11 at the charity stripe.
The Badgers were relentless on the glass, using the final quarter to dominate on the boards, pulling down eight more than the Bears did. More importantly, it limited Bradshaw to many one shot possessions.
Prescott coach Adam Neely said, "I was very proud of the boys tonight. We persevered through Bradshaw's hot shooting early and continued to pressure them until we were able to wear them down."
Prescott will enjoy a nice break after this win. The Badgers improve to (3-1) in the Grand Canyon Region, and (6-7) overall. Prescott will host the Moon Valley Rockets on January 4.
Bradshaw Mountain drops to (0-5) and (1-13) overall. Photo gallery is available on the Badger Broadcasting Network Facebook page. Click on link below.
Bradshaw Mountain did enjoy success in the two games played earlier in the day. The Bears freshmen beat Prescott 61-43, and the Junior Varsity won 74-58.
PRESCOTT BADGERS 78, BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN BEARS 59
Bradshaw Mountain (59)-Petro 2 1-2 5, D. Massas 5 3-3 14, King 0 0-0, Cameron John 1 4-4 7, A. Massas 3 2-2 8, Mitchell 2 0-0 5, Bennett 1 2-2 5, Lamb 6 1-1 13, Walker 1 1–2 3, Carter John 0 2-2 2, Wilder 0 1-2 1. 21 10-19 59.
Prescott (78)-Jones 6 3-6 16, Lopez 3 2-2 8, Hicks 6 2-2 16, Jex 3 2-3 10, Parsons 5 2-2 14, Schwartz 0 3-4 3, Kimball 0 7-8 7, Temple 1 0-1 2, Osborn 0 0-0 0, A. Greene 1 0-0 2. 25 21-28 78.
Score By Quarters- 1 2 3 4 - T
Bradshaw Mountain 22 12 17 8 - 59
Prescott 16 18 23 21 - 78
Total Fouls-BM 20, P 19
Three Pointers-BM (7)-A. Massas 3, D. Massas 1, Mitchell 1, Bennett 1, Cameron John 1, P (7)-Parsons 2, Jex 2, Hicks 2, Jones 1
Turnovers-BM 12, P 13
Grand Canyon Region Standings
School W-L W-L
Coconino 3-0 13-3
Flagstaff 4-1 6-3
PRESCOTT 3-1 6-7
Mingus 2-1 8-4
Lee Williams 1-1 10-2
BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN 0-5 1-13