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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

PHS boys' basketball team has wildly successful opener

The Prescott High School Boys' Basketball Team won by a surprisingly large margin 84-59 over a New Richmond squad picked to contend with them for the Middle Border Conference title and without the services of one of their top players Tuesday evening at Prescott.

The Cardinals' 7-0 junior center Owen Hamilton played limited minutes in the team's season and MBC opener in the first half due to a back injury suffered during a scrimmage played a week ago. Hamilton finished with six points and sat out the second half. PHS head coach Nick Johnson hopes Hamilton will be back to full health by the time the Cards play their next game Dec 11 at home vs. Amery.

Instead, the wing duo of seniors Keegan Nielsen and Mike Harris ripped through the Tigers' defense, both scoring 24 points each. Point guard sophomore Peter Brookshaw finished with 13 points and five other players had between 3-6 points in support. The Cards' made six three pointers.

"They can be a match-up nightmare for defenses because they can drive to the lane quickly and at the same time be able to make pull-up jump-shots as well." Johnson said. 

PHS led throughout but New Richmond, 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the league, cut that lead to eight at 28-20 with 12 minutes to go in the first half. Prescott then ripped through a 13-0 run which put the contest away.

Prescott's Peter Brookshaw throws a pass from underneath the basket to a teammate coming down the lane against New Richmond's defense.

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