McKinney North, 51, Prosper 32
Coming off the Colony Holiday Classic, the Prosper boys basketball team lost both of their district games this week.
On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Prosper (14-6) struggled to generate offense against McKinney North, falling 51-32. The Eagles scored exactly eight points in each quarter, resulting in the lowest total in any game they’ve played this season.
The first half was a defensive battle. Neither team scored more than 20 points, and Prosper trailed by only one heading into the break.
“I wasn’t surprised at halftime,” head coach Jonathan Ellis said. “I figured it would be that way. I wasn’t thrilled with our offense, either. It was stagnant tonight.”
McKinney North didn’t hold back in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 34-16. The Bulldogs led by eight points after the third quarter and went on a run in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
“We’re a better defensive team than that,” Ellis said. “We’re more aggressive than that.”
Prosper sophomore Josh Davis led all scorers with 16 points, but no other Eagle scored more than five.
Seniors KJ Harris and Jared Pearre carried McKinney on the offensive end with 14 points and 13 points, respectively. Harris was made all three of his three-pointers in the second half and Pearre added four dunks. Pearre is a top 100 recruit in Texas, according to Rivals.com.
“They’re long, they’re athletic, and they shot the ball well tonight, especially in the second half,” Ellis said. “They passed the ball better, they rebounded better. They did the gritty stuff to win.”
The Colony 64, Prosper 59 (OT)
It took an extra five minutes to determine a winner, but Prosper couldn’t outlast The Colony on the road Friday, Jan. 6.
The game was close from the opening tip to the final buzzer. No team led by more than two points in the final five minutes of regulation, and the game was still tied with 1:30 left in overtime.
From there, Colony hit a three-pointer, and the Cougars followed up with free throws to seal the victory. Prosper had chances to come back, but the shots didn’t fall.
“I think there was an opportunity there in the fourth,” Ellis said. “We didn’t convert on free throws that could have extended it out, or make the one rebound or one steal to win the game.”
Colony sophomore Trey Williams was held scoreless in the first half but finished with a game-high 22 points. The last time these two teams met on Dec. 29, Williams had 29 points. Prosper won that game 70-59 in overtime.
Prosper senior Thomas Jordan led the team in scoring with 20 points while junior Zachary Wrightsil added 18. Despite their performances, Ellis said his team is still looking for the “it” factor.
“We have talented kids,” Ellis said. “We’re not very varsity experienced, but hopefully that’s what we’re building right now.”
Prosper is now 1-2 in district play and has played in overtime in three of its past six games. There are still 11 more district games on the schedule.
“This game was definitely a sucker punch,” Ellis said. “If we can still get through district and get to the playoffs, we’ll be ready.”
Prosper played at Creekview on Jan. 10 and will play at Lake Dallas at Jan. 13.
Prosper Press writer Brian Gosset contributed to this report.