The Prosper boys basketball team fought hard but ultimately couldn’t take down Little Elm on the road on Friday, Feb. 10, losing 62-52.
The win clinched the district 14-5A title for Little Elm (27-4) on senior night. They remain undefeated in district play, are undefeated in home games this season and entered the week as the No. 2 team in TABC’S 5A state rankings.
The Eagles entered the game riding a six-game winning streak and had already clinched a spot in the playoffs. It was their first loss since an eerily similar game against Little Elm in Prosper on Jan. 17.
“This doesn’t hurt us,” Prosper coach Jonathan Ellis said. “We know where we’re going from here.”
Senior Devin Pullum led the Lobos offense with four three-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points. Highly-touted freshman RJ Hampton wasn’t far behind – he scored 20 and went a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line.
Poor shooting was the biggest factor for Prosper. As a team, they failed to make a 3-pointer all game and missed over half of their free-throw attempts. Sophomore Josh Davis and junior Zach Wrightsil were the leading scorers with 14 points apiece.
“It wasn’t bad offense,” Ellis said. “We just didn’t hit shots tonight.”
Prosper never fell behind by more than 12 points thanks to a stellar night on the glass. They nearly doubled Little Elm’s team rebounding total and racked up more than 20 offensive boards.
“I have not gotten as mad at my players as I did tonight,” Little Elm coach Rusty Segler said. “At halftime, it was not pretty.”
The state playoffs are quickly approaching for both teams. Prosper has just one district game remaining against Newman Smith at home on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Continuing to build their winning streak before the postseason would have been nice, but Ellis said he isn’t worried about the loss.
“We need to do our best to learn from tonight,” Ellis said. “I think it will be good for us in the long run.”