For the Prosper boys basketball team, the season couldn’t have ended any better.
The Eagles snagged one last victory in their final regular season game on Tuesday, Feb. 14, defeating Newman-Smith 57-55 on a buzzer-beating layup by sophomore Josh Davis with 0.5 seconds remaining.
The game was tied going into the final two possessions. Prosper junior Zachary Wrightsil blocked a dunk attempt on defense, allowing coach Jonathan Ellis to call a timeout and draw up one more play. They inbounded the ball to Davis, who sliced through the defense and hit an off-balance, left-handed layup for the win.
“That’s what the defense gave him and he had the confidence to do that,” Ellis said. “We like to call him ‘young buck,’ but he’s not young anymore.”
Davis had only three points before hitting the game-winner. Wrightsil led Prosper’s attack with 20 points and junior Kyle Jessen added 16. As a team, the Eagles had eight 3-pointers after shooting 0-for-15 from behind the arc in their previous game.
Newman-Smith managed to keep the game close despite having just three players score all their points. Neither team led by more than five points all game, and it was a one-point game at the end of each of the first three quarters.
“We got everything they had,” Ellis said. “That’s what a playoff game is like. No one’s going to quit or lay down or let you have a win. We’re not going to let anybody do that either.”
The win gave Prosper a 23-8 overall record (10-4 in district). If they won, Newman-Smith would have had an opportunity at a play-in game for a spot in the state playoffs.
The Eagles first postseason game was against Frisco Liberty on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. Ellis said his team is determined to make a run after losing their first playoff game two years in a row.
“They know how important it is,” Ellis said. “They’re going to be up for the challenge.”