By Bryce Brakebill

For the Prosper Press

DALLAS - The Prosper Eagles varsity basketball squad picked up its second straight 6A Region II District 9 victory in a narrow 51-47 ballgame against Dallas Jesuit Jan. 28.

Prosper (22-5, 6-2) started the ballgame a bit slow, only picking up seven total points in the game’s opening quarter. This allowed Jesuit (10-14, 3-5) to take a slim lead after picking up 12 points of their own before the second quarter of play.

The Eagles managed to kick it up a notch in the second quarter, stringing together 11 points of offense. However, the Eagles’ defense was unable to slow Jesuit’s offensive attack, which gave the Rangers a chance to lengthen their lead with a 16-point second quarter.

When the first half was said and done, Jesuit lead 28-18 as the two teams went in the locker rooms for halftime.

The Eagles came out onto the court in the second half with a mission: outscoring Jesuit in both the third and fourth quarters.

In the third, Prosper ripped off 15 total points while limiting the Jesuit offense to only 10 points of production, narrowing the Rangers’ lead to 38-33 before heading into the final minutes.

The fourth quarter is where the Eagles completely took over the ballgame - and the lead - rifling off 18 total points while absolutely staggering the Jesuit offensive attack to the tune of only nine points of production.

The late surge and change of pace gave the Eagles an opportunity to overcome the early deficit and pick up the victory, giving them plenty of momentum heading into future district ballgames.

Grant Shaw was a lightning rod for the Eagles’ offense, with 14 total points in his team leading 30 minutes of playing time.

Austin Atkinson was able to make the most with his 20 minutes of playing time, going 7-8 in field goals and picking up another 14 points for the Eagles.

Mondo Battle II supplied a hefty 12 points for the Eagles in 19 minutes of play.

The Eagles defense finished the night with 21 defensive rebounds, three blocks and fourteen steals.