Slow-starting Bobcat boys fall at Prairie


BRUSH PRAIRIE — Talented Prairie took command early and went on to down Aberdeen, 63-43, in a non-league boys basketball game Monday at Brush Prairie.

For the third time in as many games, the Bobcats had difficulty finding the range in the first half. They trailed 38-17 at intermnission.

“We started very, very slow, like we’d been on the bus for a couple of quarters,” Bobcat coach Leonard Barnes said. “In the third and fourth quarters, I thought we played very well. You have to tip your hat to Prairie, they have a pretty classy program.”

Prairie’s James Phillips led all scorers with 21 points. The Class 3A Falcons shot 52 percent from the field.

Collin Nord topped the Bobcats with 13 points. Reilly Fairchild came off the bench to contribute five steals.

Barnes cited the performances of Fairchild, Zack Ball, Veek Cheema and Titus Phillips.

The Bobcats (0-3) make the relatively short trip to Elma on Wednesday.

Aber 6 11 10 16 — 43

Pra 16 22 14 11 — 63

Aberdeen (43) — Dietrich 5, Cheema 5, Fairchild 5, Phillips 5, Williamson, Schlesser 4, Nord 13, Ball 6, Taylor. FG —16-41 (.390). FT — 9-18.

Prairie (63) — McDonald, Burnett 11, Pack 13, Phillips 21, Brooks 8, Jordan 4, Mendez 6. FG — 23-44 (.522). FT — 14-21.

JV — Aberdeen 56, Prairie 40. Cole Edwards 21 points; Addam Follett 14 points and Jacob Black 13 points, 15 rebounds for Aberdeen.

C Squad — Prairie 46, Aberdeen 29. Jashan Jandu 13 points and 12 rebounds for Aberdeen.