The Prosper Eagles varsity basketball team narrowly edged out Plano East, 64-58, in their final district game of the year on Feb. 12.
It was a close ballgame from tip-off with both teams scoring 18 points apiece in the first quarter of play, going shot for shot and displaying some electric offense.
The defensive play picked up some in the second quarter, both teams only managing to score 11 points. However, with neither team budging to give the lead, the Eagles (21-15) went into the locker room with a 29-29 tie on the scoreboard at halftime.
The pressure was turned on in the third quarter by Plano East (7-23), with the Panthers putting 14 points on the board and keeping the Eagles to a 13 point gain. This put the Eagles down only marginally with a 1 point deficit and gave the Panthers a 43-42 lead.
The Eagles couldn’t be kept down, however, as they exploded in the fourth quarter for 22 crucial points, while keeping the Panthers to a 15 point gain, giving the Eagles their much-needed lead and victory, sending Prosper to the playoffs.
Josh Davis had a huge game for the Eagles; scoring 17 points off 11 shots, picking up 4 assists, 6 rebounds and causing 4 turnovers.
“Really proud of the effort and fortitude of our players,” head coach Jonathan Ellis said of his teams performance, “for a senior night, you couldn’t have planned it better than to clinch a playoff spot in your first season at the 6A level in, maybe, the toughest district in the metroplex. We’re looking forward to the challenge of playing a top-ranked team like South Garland in the playoffs.”
The Eagles will be taking on the South Garland Colonels (26-6) on Feb. 19.