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By Eric Umphrey
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Prescott boys win 4th straight game and qualify for district playoffs


February 13, 2020

Eric Umphrey

Above: Jonathan Cardenas races ahead of the pack to give his team an early 6-0 lead.

COLTON-Prescott boys basketball traveled to Colton on Saturday Feb. 8th for their final regular season game of the year. In the first quarter, #23 Miguel Ayala opened the scoring under the basket after getting an offensive rebound. A couple of possessions later #12 Jonathan Cardenas stole the ball in the backcourt and scored to give Prescott and early 6-0 lead. Colton then went on an 8-0 run behind some hot shooting to take the lead 8-6. For the rest of the quarter, the teams would trade the lead back and forth with Prescott prevailing, ending the quarter with a 12-11 lead.

At the start of the second quarter Miguel Ayala once again opened the scoring with a shot under the basket. Jonathan Cardenas stole the ball on the press on the very next possession and found #1 Omar Velazco open for the easy layup. On the other side, Colton was struggling with their shooting in part due to Prescott's tight defense. A three-pointer by #11 Antonio Hernandez made the score 26-11 and Colton hadn't scored in the quarter with only a few minutes left. Finally, Colton's Chris Wolf and Jackson Meyer would get things going combining for the last six points in the quarter to get Colton back in the game 26-17 at halftime.

The game wouldn't stay close for long as Prescott came out after halftime and quickly stretched the lead to 40-20. Late in the third quarter Omar Velazco put a great move on his defender that was part hesitation and part deke. It turned what would have been a difficult contested layup into an easy one, making the score 44-20. The third quarter would end with the score 46-20.

With the game in hand, the fourth quarter featured many of the members of the junior varsity. They defended well and held Colton to eleven points in the fourth quarter. The game would end with Prescott winning 53-31 which was their fourth win in a row to close out the regular season. Since Garfield-Palouse defeated Oakesdale in their matchup this week, it means that Prescott (9-3) will travel as the #3 seed to #2 seed Oakesdale (10-2) Saturday, February the 15th to start the district playoffs. Pomeroy (5-7) is the #4 seed and they will be traveling to #1 seed Garfield Palouse (11-1) in the other matchup. Districts are a double elimination tournament, so Prescott is guaranteed at least two games.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total

Prescott 12 14 20 7 53

Colton 11 6 3 11 31

Prescott: Omar Velazco 11, Victor Garcia 6, Antonio Hernandez 5, Jonathan Cardenas 19, Miguel Ayala 12


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