Badgers Bow Out At Mesquite 93-70: Parent scores 19, ends career with 1622 points

Photo: Jason Parent ends his PHS career as the all-time leading scorer

Prescott High School all-time leading scorer Jason Parent closed out his career with 19 points in a 93-70 loss to the Mesquite Wildcats.  The game was a close one till the Wildcats pulled away in final three minutes. Mesquite outscored the Badgers 18-5 down the stretch, making most of their points at the charity stripe. Prescott was only down 75-65, and was looking for one final run at the Wildcats, but as their turnovers and missed shots mounted, so did the deficit.

The game started out promising as the Badgers took an early lead. Jonas Carman, who scored 13, knocked down a three, giving Prescott a 14-8 lead. Mesquite, led by Desert Sky Region player of the year, Nate Calmese, came back to tie the game at 15. Prescott led 17-16, as freshman Uriah Tenette led the way with nine points in the opening quarter. Calmese and Cohenj Gonzales put together a 10-2 run to close the quarter with a 26-19 lead.

Mesquite cooled off big time in the second quarter as the Badgers would hold the Wildcats to just nine points. Tenette continued to impact the game, scoring six of the Badgers 15 points. The freshmen connection tied the game at 28, when Tenette fed Zane Gaul with an inside basket.

Parent was called for an offensive foul, his third of the game, and would sit for the final three minutes of the first half. The Badgers closed the gap, cutting the deficit to just one point, 35-34 at the break. Uriah Tenette had a tremendous first two quarters scoring 15 points, but only managed three in the second half, to finish with 18.

Prescott led, for what turned out to be the final time, when Jason Parent’s tip in gave the Badgers a 36-35 lead. Wingman Kayson Bryant became the Wildcat’s focal point, cleaning up close to the basket, scoring 10 of his 15 points in the third quarter. Mesquite went inside to score the next 11 points to lead 50-39.

Three missed attempts and turnovers put the Badgers in a hole that they could never get out of. Uriah Tenette finally stopped the bleeding as he scored, on an old fashioned three point play to get within 50-42.

Prescott was then outscored 11-6, calling a timeout with 6:24 remaining, and facing the largest deficit to that point, 61-48.

Back to back baskets by Parent cut the Mesquite lead to 63-53, forcing Wildcat coach Shawn Lynch to call a timeout. Mesquite scored a quick five points by Nick Rogers to extend their lead to  68-53.

Prescott elected to foul the Wildcats to get the home team into the bonus, and conserve time on the clock. Five fouls in less than 30 seconds, sent Mesquite to the line, with mixed results.

The Badgers did get within 10 when Jake Hilton rattled in a three to trim the deficit to 73-63. Prescott continued to foul, putting Mesquite at the line. Cohen Gonzales was a perfect 10-10, while Nick Rogers was 2-6. The Wildcats scored their next seven points at the line to lead 81-65. The strategy could have worked if Prescott could have made some baskets, but turnovers and missed shots are a deadly combination.

The Wildcats ended up winning by the largest spread of the game 23, scoring 37 points in the final 8 minutes, but it was not till the final seconds that Coach Lynch pulled his starters.

Despite the loss, it was a great season for Badger Basketball. Losing Jason Parent will definitely hurt, but with guys like Jake Hilton, Zane Gaul, and Uriah Tenette coming back, things look promising. Prescott ends their second consecutive winning season at (17-11).

Coach Travis Stedman said, “I was super proud of our team tonight. We put ourselves in a good position to be successful tonight. Ultimately, untimely live ball turnovers, which they converted caused our doom down the stretch. This group was extremely special and will forever go down as one of the most successful in the history. It’s been a blessing and a pleasure being able to coach them.”

MESQUITE WILDCATS 93, PRESCOTT BADGERS 70

PRESCOTT (70)-Tenette 5 8-8 18, L. Jex 2 0-0 4, Gaul  2 3-4 7, Parent  5 8-10 19, Carman 5 0-0 13, Hilton 1 2-2 5, P. Jex 0 0-0 0, Buettner 0 0-0 0, Brown 0 0-0 0, Rose 0 0-0 0. 20 21-24 70.

MESQUITE (93)-Eckert 0 0-0 0, Owens 2 1-2 5, Bryant 7 1-2 15, Rogers 8 2-6 19, Calmese 12 4-4 29, Gonzales 5 13-13 24, Wollangk 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 1-2 1, Foster 0 0-0 0. 34 22-29 93.

Score by Quarters- 1      2      3      4  –   T

Prescott                  19    15   12    24  –  70

Mesquite                26     9    21    37  –  93

Total Fouls-P 19, M 17

Fouled Out-Carman, Parent

Three Pointers- P (5)-Carman 3, Parent 1, Hilton 1. M (3)-Rogers 1, Calmese 1, Gonzales 1.

SCOREBOARD-Division 4

Deer Valley 70, Flagstaff 36

Paradise Honors 67, Coconino 47

Notre Dame Prep 76, Dysart 43

Peoria 83, ALA-Queen Creek 52

Mesquite 93, PRESCOTT 70

St. Mary’s 83, Pueblo 43

Cactus 59, Sahuaro 53

Salpointe Catholic 71, Rio Rico 44

 

Quarterfinals-Thursday

#8 Cactus (18-8) at #1 Salpointe Catholic (24-2)

#5 Notre Dame Prep (19-8) at #4 Deer Valley (21-5)

#6 Mesquite (24-3) at #3 Peoria (21-5)

#7 Paradise Honors (25-3) at #2 St. Mary’s (18-7)

 

The Finale:

Jason Parent leaves Prescott High School boys basketball with many memorable games and performances. He scored in double figures all 28 games this season and his career high of 41 points came versus Mesquite on December 17, 2021 in the Badger Dome. In fact, Jason scored in double figures for his last 44 games. He owns the record for points in a season and career points. Jason was named the 2021-22 Grand Canyon Region player of the year. Below are his totals for each year he was on the varsity team.

Year                 Games  FG%    3FG%   FT%     Points     Average  Rebounds Assists

Freshman           20       44        34        68          233          11.7             100        33

Sophomore        20       47        38        82          342          17.1               89        30

Junior                  17       43        30        82          304          17.8             155        53

Senior                  28       49        36        81          743          26.5             239        96

Totals                   85       46       34        79         1622          19.0            583       202

 

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