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Third quarter costs T-birds: Flores leads Mohave with 21 points, but Badgers win 63-57

February 6, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — The visiting Badgers took over the T-birds’ Senior Night during the last four-plus minutes of the third quarter en route to their 63-57 win at Mohave High School on Tuesday night.

Prescott High School went on a 15-2 run during the final 4 minutes, 50 seconds of the third period to turn its 32-27 deficit into a 42-34 advantage going into the fourth quarter during the Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A Grand Canyon Region boys basketball game.

“That’s the telltale,” Mohave head coach Tyrus Banks said. “Every third quarter we have a really bad stretch there. The kids are playing their heart out.

“One thing we have to improve in is our field-goal percentage. Again, we just couldn’t finish at the rim when it counted.”

The Badgers outscored the T-birds 24-13 during the third quarter, although Mohave held an 11-9 edge in the period before the decisive run. Many of the Badgers’ baskets were easy, uncontested layups.

Colin Hicks and Dillon Boyd each tallied eight points to lead the Badgers in third period.

Hicks scored 14 and Aydan McKenna scored 11 points to lead the No. 39-ranked, 3-15 overall, 3-15 in conference and 3-9 in region Badgers in scoring.

“Right in the third quarter we had a little bit of a letdown,” Banks said. “We let them extend the lead to 10, which we just couldn’t come back from.”

T-birds junior point guard Chris Flores scored 21 points to lead all scorers.

Senior guard Diontay Bailey tallied nine, sophomore guard Ethan Williams and senior power

forward/center Jaedyn Eastman added eight each during the season finale for the No. 43-ranked, 2-16 overall, 1-14 in conference and 0-14 in region T-birds.

Banks, who completed his first season at the helm, will be losing three seniors to graduation.

“It was an absolute honor with these kids,” Banks said. “I learned a lot about myself, they learned a lot from me.

“The first half of the season started really difficult and I’ll tell you what with the way we finished the second half of the season here in January, I’ll take this team any time. We’re going to do nothing but improve and get better as we go.”

Records courtesy of aiaonline.org.

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