Panthers move to 6-2 in TriCo

As Brenton Groves (30) sets up to block, Prairie City teammate Jay Adams ducks under the outstretched arm on Long Creek's James Norris and heads for the basket. The Eagle/Tim Adams

Prairie City 65, Long Creek 28

PRAIRIE CITY - Coming off a foul-filled 87-77 win over Ukiah on Friday, the Prairie City boys basketball team finished the first half of the TriCo League season with a 65-28 victory over cross-county rival Long Creek on Saturday, Jan. 15.

The win upped the Panthers' league record to 6-2 and 11-2 overall, while the Mountaineers, continuing to strive for their first win of the season, fell to 0-8.

The Panthers took an 18-5 lead after the first quarter of action before blowing the game open with 24 second-quarter points to hold a commanding 42-15 halftime advantage.

"We just have more experience than they do and I was able to get all 16 players in the game tonight," Prairie City coach Denis Fast said. "The starters played a good first four minutes and we had the game in hand. I saw some good things out there tonight from all our players."

Fast emptied his bench in the third quarter and Long Creek outscored the Panthers 9-4 thanks to six points by James Norris on a pair of baskets and two more from the free throw line.

"We didn't play bad tonight, they just scored more than we did," said Norris, who scored a team-high eight points for the Mountaineers before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter, freshman Michael Bass had the hot hand for the Panthers scoring seven of Prairie City's 19 points to put the game away.

Prairie City's Brandon Lovell was the only player in double figures scoring a game-high 12 points. Teammate Greg Waggoner added nine.

Ben Corley and Josh Thatcher scored six points apiece for Long Creek.

Mitchell stops Prairie City in overtime

PRAIRIE CITY - A 16-point performance in overtime carried the Mitchell High School boys basketball team to an 83-77 TriCo League victory over Prairie City on Tuesday, Jan. 11, marking only the second time this season the Panthers have been defeated.

"It was a battle and they have a very good ball club," Fast said. "They have two foreign exchange students on the team who I think are from Germany, who are real basketball players."

The Loggers took a 22-19 lead after the first quarter of action before Prairie City came back with 29 points in the second period to take a 28-22 halftime advantage.

Mitchell held Prairie City, (4-2 league, 9-2 overall), to nine points in the third period, but the Panthers had a 10-9 advantage in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

Evan Fast and Brandon Lovell scored 18 points each for Prairie City. A.J. Monahan hit for 15 and Greg Waggoner was the fourth player in double figures with 11.

William Neubauer scored a game-high 26 points for Mitchell and teammate Dustin Cloud had 21.

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