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Bears Beat Badgers, Pick Up First Win

20 December 2016  
Bradshaw Mountain High School Bears students, cheerleaders and players rush the court after beating their rival Prescott Badgers for the first win of the season on Monday, December 19th, 2016 in Prescott Valley, Arizona Photo by: Torrence Dunham
Bears Use Last-Second Free Throw to Beat Rival Badgers
PRESCOTT VALLEY- The Bradshaw Mountain Bears drained a last second free-throw to win their first game of the season against the rival Prescott Badgers 56-55 on Monday night in front of a packed gym at Bradshaw Mountain High School.


“It was great to finally win, it felt amazing,” said Bradshaw Bears guard Blake Huntley. “It couldn’t have been better.”

Bradshaw started the game hot and ended the first quarter with 15-10 lead. However, Prescott would respond and outscore the Bears 17-4 in the second quarter and lead at halftime 27-19.

The Badgers would keep the lead throughout most of the third and fourth quarter but as the game got closer to the end, Bradshaw started to climb back by taking advantage of opportunities at the foul line.

“Our shots started going in and that’s what we needed,” said the Bears’ Ivan Vidovic. “We started attacking the basket, letting them foul us instead of us foul them.”

This all lead to a minute left in the game, as all of a sudden, Prescott’s once decent lead was gone and the contest was tied.

With 1.8 seconds left in the game, Vidovic was fouled and was sent to the line where he picked up the free-throw basket knowing it would win the game.

“I give it all to my teammates who were all telling me during timeout ‘just stay calm, don’t worry, just go for it.’”Vidovic said. “I just thought about just keep calm, don’t get into the crowd, just go in my way and knock down that first one.”

Prescott tried for one last desperation shot from the other side of the court but the ball missed as the student section, cheerleaders and Bradshaw players rushed the court to celebrate the victory against their rival.

“I saw my classmates, saw my best friends, I saw everybody,” Huntley said.

For Prescott, the environment was a factor as the team broke away from their game plan late.

“I think we gave 120% but at the end of the game, we let the reactions and everything-outside distraction-get into our head,” said Prescott High School forward Charles Hicks. “At the end of the day, we got to play our game.”

The Badgers, who have now lost four straight games, will look to wipe the slate clean as they play their next game at home on January 3rd, 2017 against Lee Williams with a 7pm tip-off.

“It’s just another basketball game,” said Badgers guard/forward Paxton Henry. “It’s a new game, new year, new everything really.”

As for Bradshaw, with the first win under their belt, the team travels to Bullhead City after the holidays for a matchup against Mohave on January 3rd, 2017 with a 7pm tip-off.

Photos by Torrence Dunham