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Panther boys pounce on Prospectors for 3-point win

Prairie City boys fight for win over Grant Union in John Day.
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Published on December 29, 2017 4:29PM

Prairie City Panther Dorran Wilson races past Grant Union Prospector Duane Stokes in Thursday’s game, with Zack Deiter at back left and Lucas McKinley, right.

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Prairie City Panther Dorran Wilson races past Grant Union Prospector Duane Stokes in Thursday’s game, with Zack Deiter at back left and Lucas McKinley, right.

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Grant Union Prospector Duane Stokes (13) goes up to score under pressure from Prairie City’s Levi Burke (21) and Lucas McKinley.

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Grant Union Prospector Duane Stokes (13) goes up to score under pressure from Prairie City’s Levi Burke (21) and Lucas McKinley.

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Prairie City Panther Jojari Field (5) disrupts Grant Union Prospector Kellen Shelley’s layup attempt in Thursday’s game, with Panther Dorran Wilson (3) and Prospector Duane Stokes in the action.

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Prairie City Panther Jojari Field (5) disrupts Grant Union Prospector Kellen Shelley’s layup attempt in Thursday’s game, with Panther Dorran Wilson (3) and Prospector Duane Stokes in the action.

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Prairie City Panther Syd Holman (23) gets the tip to his teammates over Grant Union Prospector Cole Deiter at the start of Thursday’s game.

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Prairie City Panther Syd Holman (23) gets the tip to his teammates over Grant Union Prospector Cole Deiter at the start of Thursday’s game.

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Grant Union Prospector Wade Reimers fights for a defensive rebound in the game against Prairie City.

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Grant Union Prospector Wade Reimers fights for a defensive rebound in the game against Prairie City.

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Grant Union Prospector Cauy Weaver attempts a three-pointer in the game against Prairie City. From left in the foreground are Dorran Wilson, Lucas McKinley and Levi Burke.

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Grant Union Prospector Cauy Weaver attempts a three-pointer in the game against Prairie City. From left in the foreground are Dorran Wilson, Lucas McKinley and Levi Burke.

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Grant Union Prospectors Cauy Weaver (10) and Cole Deiter and Prairie City Panther Levi Burke all go after a rebound.

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Grant Union Prospectors Cauy Weaver (10) and Cole Deiter and Prairie City Panther Levi Burke all go after a rebound.

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Prairie City Panther Dorran Wilson races past Grant Union Prospector Duane Stokes in Thursday’s game, with Zack Deiter at back left and Lucas McKinley, right.

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Prairie City Panther Dorran Wilson races past Grant Union Prospector Duane Stokes in Thursday’s game, with Zack Deiter at back left and Lucas McKinley, right.

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Prairie City Panther Lucas McKinley (22) flies up to shoot under pressure from Grant Union Prospector Mason Gerry.

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Prairie City Panther Lucas McKinley (22) flies up to shoot under pressure from Grant Union Prospector Mason Gerry.

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The 1A Prairie City Panther boys brought their A game to John Day on Thursday, Dec. 28, beating the 2A Grant Union Prospectors 73-70 in an intense nonleague competition.

After the cross-county teams tied the score a few times early in the first quarter, Panthers took a 17-14 lead.

Panther Dorran Wilson shot the lights out in the second, scoring 16 of his 28 points in the game.

Although Grant Union players Zack Deiter, Cauy Weaver, Wade Reimers and Duane Stokes each landed a three-pointer in the quarter, Prairie City ran away with a 43-34 lead to close the first half.

Grant Union got down to business after halftime with Stokes scoring. Deiter grabbed a steal and Reimers scored, then Deiter added two.

Cole Deiter scored twice to bring Grant Union within one point, then Kellen Shelley sank two for a 46-45 lead.

The teams switched leads four times with Grant Union closing the third ahead 51-50.

Reimers sank a two-pointer at the beginning of the fourth, then Prairie City went on a scoring rampage.

Panther Levi Burke, who had scored two points in the first and third quarters, came out in full force.

Burke, Wilson and Syd Holman combined for 15 points before Grant Union found the basket again, Prairie City leading 67-55.

Scoring went back and forth, then Prospector Cole Deiter scored twice and teammate Kellen Shelley went 2-2 at the free-throw line.

With just 22.8 seconds left in the game, Grant Union worked to close the gap with three three-point shots.

Stokes shot a three, and with 11.8 seconds left Reimers scored.

Wilson was fouled but came up empty at the free-throw line, then Shelley scored the final three in the last three seconds.

Grant Union head coach Kelsy Wright said Prairie City came prepared.

“I’m proud of my boys,” he said. “They just couldn’t hold on.”

He added, “Prairie City was ready to play, and they pulled out all the stops.”

Prairie City head coach Sam Workman said his team played hard and with intensity for the entire game.

“They moved the ball around, and everybody had their chances,” he said. “We just came out to play tonight.”

Wilson said it was a fun game, and he was glad they had the opportunity to face Grant Union.

“It was a really good team win,” he said. “All five starters scored , and we worked together really well and held our composure.”

Burke said he’d been looking forward to playing Grant Union for three years.

“It’s always fun playing them,” he said. “They’re a class act and always have been.”

Burke added, “It was a good team win with lots of assists, that’s what was really good about it. Everybody stepped up to the plate.”

Next up for Grant Union are two road games.

The Prospectors face Weston-McEwen at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, in Athena and Lakeview at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6.

The Panthers will host Monument/Dayville at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, in Prairie City for the Panthers’ first league game of the season.

Holman said he hopes his team plays with “more intensity and better defense, going out and going hard.”

Prairie City

Dorran Wilson: 28 points

Levi Burke: 15

Syd Holman: 14

Lucas McKinley: 12 (four three-pointers)

Jojari Field: 4

Grant Union

Wade Reimers: 18

Kellen Shelley: 15

Cole Deiter: 13

Duane Stokes: 10

Cauy Weaver: 9

Zack Deiter: 5

















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