It was a year of new records, new competition, and epic history in the making. The Prosper Eagles men’s basketball team went into the playoffs with more confidence and determination than ever before and it showed on the court. They advanced into the 4th round of playoffs, taking on the Midlothian Panthers. Unfortunately, the Eagles were stopped in advancement by a 4-point fall. Each game left an imprint on the team’s path, but the final two rounds of playoffs dropped the jaws for the crowds.
In the 3rd round, the Eagles were neck and neck with the Sulphur Springs Wildcats throughout the game, ending the first quarter trailing 11-16. The continued to stay behind those same 5 points until midway through the second quarter. That’s when the Eagles finally went ahead 18-17 with a basket from Kyle Jessen. By the end of the second quarter, the Eagles led 21-20 with a finish by Zach Wrightsil.
After the half, the Wildcats continued to pounce and Kyle Jessen was able to shoot a deep 3-pointer to tie the game 24-24 with 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Sulphur Springs managed to rally back and were leading 32-26 with 3 minutes left in the third when Josh Davis went 2-2 from the charity stripe to bring Prosper within reach at 30-32. When the buzzer sounded at the end of the third quarter, the Eagles were down 33-35.
The momentum remained strong on the court during the fourth quarter. The Eagles and Wildcats went back to back on shots, and Prosper trailed 36-41 with only 5 minutes left in the final quarter. A play by Zach Wrightsil tied the score at 41. Then Josh Davis made 1 of his 2 free throws. The Eagles were down 43-46. Davis then takes to the basket with only 8 seconds left and brings the score to 46-45. The heat was on and with 5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Josh Davis headed to the free throw line again and tied up the score 46-46, sending the game into OVERTIME.
The intensity was extremely high and the ball did not stop as the two teams battled it out. As the first overtime ended, the score was tied at 54, sending the game into DOUBLE OVERTIME. The Eagles led for a brief time at 58-55, but were tied up again 58-58 with 2 minutes left on the clock. The Eagles kept beating the buzzer, and with a score of 60-60, the game went into TRIPLE OVERTIME!
Triple overtime led Grant Shaw to the line and brought the Eagles ahead 62-60 with 3 minutes left. Sulphur Springs brought back their driving force and tied up the board at 64. With less than 60 seconds left in the game, Jerry McElory headed to the free throw line and took the Eagles ahead 67-64. With little time left to play, Zach Wrightsil took the assist from Kyle Jessen, which resulted in a stellar slam dunk play, moving Prosper ahead 69-64. The Wildcats had no answer, and the Eagles finished the game 69-64.
The beginning of the 4th round started out promising for the Eagles as they took on the Midlothian Panthers in a battle to the semifinals. Within the first 3 minutes of the game, Josh Davis took the Eagles ahead with a 3-point shot and bringing the score 5-2. By the end of the first quarter, the scoreboard was tied and so was the enthusiasm in the arena. The student sections went back to back cheering on their teams with a score of 7-7 going into the 2nd quarter. It was time to get down to business and that’s exactly what they did. Zach Wrightsil brought the board up for Prosper 12-9 and Josh Davis followed that up to get a rebound and put the ball back up. Prosper was ahead 14-11. Grant Shaw earned 2 from the line with 4 minutes left in the first half of the game. By halftime, the Eagles were up by an 8-point lead 23-15.
The Panthers came into the second half focused on their defense and quickly brought the score to 25-24. Grant Shaw brought the arena on their feet again with another 3-point shot, but the Panthers kicked things into gear and took the lead 29-28 for the first time since the 1st quarter. There was 3:37 left in the third. The Panthers continued to shock the crowd and lead 35-28 with 1:29 left in the third. Grant Shaw brought himself into the double digits for the game and sunk another 3, but the Eagles were still behind 31-35. The 3rd quarter ended with Midlothian ahead 36-31.
Going into the 4th quarter, the Eagles kicked up their offense and came out hot. Josh Davis connected and brought the Panthers lead down to 3 points. Prosper got their energy back and went ahead 40-38 with 1:59 left in the game. The timeouts were running back and forth and Midlothian scored a layup bringing their lead of 42-40 with 19.4 seconds on the clock. The intensity was high and the Panthers took to the line making both free throws and bringing their lead 44-40 over the Eagles with 13.1 seconds left. As the final buzzer blew, Prosper’s season was over. Congratulations to our Eagles on an amazing season of accomplishments!
Tish Cama | Cedarbrook Media