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Friday, January 29, 2016

No. 6 Prescott wins 26th straight MBC contest, ready for showdown with No. 1 G-E-T

AMERY - The No. 6 ranked Prescott High School boys' basketball team downed Amery 84-48 Thursday evening to its 26th straight Middle Border Conference contest.

PHS improved to 13-2 overall and 9-0 in the MBC.

Prescott was led in scoring by Mike Harris's 26 points plus another double-double for 7-0 junior center Owen Hamilton, 18 points and 12 rebounds. Hamilton made 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. Peter Brookshaw finished with 19 points and four assists.

The Cardinals showdown with No. 1 ranked Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau is set. The unbeaten Red Hawks, 12-0, play tonight vs. Black River Falls.

The Hawks are led by top scorer Nick Wagner, who PHS head coach Nick Johnson believes is one of the best players in the state. The 6-3 senior guard averages 24 points per game and will play his college ball for Division I Northern Illinois University.

"He can shoot from as far out at 35-feet away and still sink them," Johnson said. "He has incredible range and he's going to be a tough match-up on defense."

G-E-T's Noah Hamond also scores in double figures at 13 ppg. while Lucas Scherr averages nearly 12 points per game.

Prescott will have to play without Nick Gehlen. The 6-7 forward who was cleared to play for the team just a week ago after transferring from Woodbury, Minn., was suspended for Saturday's game after being ejected from the Amery contest after being involved with a double-technical foul.

Johnson said if the Cardinals play good defense they will be in good shape.

"We're prepared and ready," Johnson said. "We've corrected things defensively and addressed areas that we have improved in since then. It's going to be a great atmosphere for high school basketball and I think we'll benefit from that."

Tip-time for the match-up of the state's best in D-3 is between 6:00-6:30 p.m., just after the PHS vs. G-E-T girls' varsity game which starts at 4:30 p.m.

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