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By Eric Umphrey
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Prescott Boys handle St. John 58-47 on Senior Night

 

February 6, 2020

Eric Umphrey

Victor Garcia scores in the lane.

PRESCOTT-Prescott hosted St. John Saturday February 1st in a home conference game. It was Senior Night in Prescott and all five of Prescott's seniors started the game. St. John took an early 4-0 lead, but it quickly evaporated in the next three possessions for Prescott. First, #23 Miguel Ayala hit a free throw then #12 Jonathan Cardenas hit a three-pointer. Next, #3 Victor Garcia stole the ball and passed to Jonathan Cardenas who took it all the way for the 6-4 lead. Later in the first quarter #1 Omar Velazco scored on a fast break layup and Prescott ended the quarter up 14-11.

In the second quarter Prescott would continue to build on the lead. Jonathan Cardenas started the quarter off with a three-pointer then a few possessions later combined with Miguel Ayala on a textbook give and go for the bucket and a foul. With two minutes left in the second quarter Prescott began to pull away 31-18. St. John went on a little run in the third quarter to cut Prescott's lead to seven, at 37-30, but that was as close as they would get. The combination of Prescott's active pressing defense and rebounding limited St. John's shots. With the score 54-39 Prescott started bringing the seniors off to applause from the large home crowd. Prescott would go on to win 58-47.

As this was the last game at Prescott, there were several parents on the court after the game taking pictures of the team. They were also talking to coach Allyn Griffin and congratulating him on the season. He thanked the parents for coming out and said "You wish sometimes that you had guys for three years. I had all of the guys that started for four years."

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total

St. John 11 9 12 15 47

Prescott 14 17 15 12 58

Scoring

Prescott: Omar Velazco 8, Victor Garcia 8, Antonio Hernandez 2, Jonathan Cardenas 26, Miguel Ayala 12

 

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