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Thursday, December 31, 2015

No. 8 Prescott boys basketball team takes first loss, places second in the Hastings Holiday Tournament

HASTINGS, Minn. - The No. 8 ranked Prescott High School boys' basketball team took its first loss of the season Wednesday evening by a 69-56 score to Irondale, Minn. in the championship game of the Hastings Holiday Tournament.

The Knights shot the ball well, taking a 9-2 lead on three made three-pointers to start the game. PHS tied the score at 11-11 but Irondale went on a 11-0 run which established their control of the game for the duration with halftime not affecting the situation. They led by as many 19 points in the second half and Prescott could not come closer than 11 points. Their size and athletic ability hurt the Cardinals.

"They're very similar to Brown Deer who we played at state last year but they shot the ball a lot better than they did," PHS head coach Nick Johnson said. "That made it tough to come back. Plus, we didn't present as many scoring options against them and thus became easier to defend."
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Irondale had four players scoring in double figures led by Kevin Schramm's 20 points. Prescott just had two with Keegan Nielsen scoring 16 points and Owen Hamilton scored 12 points.

Prescott's Mike Harris played limited minutes in the tournament due to illness. This hurt vs. Irondale with his scoring and didn't help in the Cards' semifinal game vs. Hastings on Tuesday. However PHS was able to overcome a pesky Raider defense to win 63-47 against their river rivals.

Hamilton had 21 to lead the Cards in scoring and Nielsen finished with 13 points. Peter Brookshaw's 15 points, the bulk of which came in the second half, helped PHS pull away from Hastings' challenge in the second half.

PHS closes the first half of the season 7-1 overall. They will be back in action next week Friday at home vs. Somerset.

Read more on the tournament in next week's Prescott Journal
Prescott's Mike Harris looks to put up a shot under the basket against Hastings.

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