Badgers edge Sedona at Hoopin’ It Up in Phoenix

Prep Boys Basketball

Prescott's Charles Hicks (24) goes up for a shot as the Badgers take on Apache Junction in boys basketball Wednesday night in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Prescott's Charles Hicks (24) goes up for a shot as the Badgers take on Apache Junction in boys basketball Wednesday night in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Prescott’s Hicks converts late 3-point play for 55-53 win

Charles Hicks came up big for Prescott’s boys’ basketball team Saturday afternoon, converting a 3-point play with less than a minute left in regulation, as the Badgers held on to beat Sedona, 55-53, in the annual Hoopin’ It Up event at Talking Rock Resort Arena in Phoenix.

The 4A No. 16-ranked Badgers improved their record to 7-3 in power-point games. Prescott had lost three of its last four entering the weekend. The 2A No. 14-rated Scorpions’ record dropped to 4-2.

In a back-and-forth contest throughout, Prescott dominated the boards, 34-11, but the squad had difficulty getting its shots to fall on the home floor of the Phoenix Suns. The Badgers were led offensively by Dallin Jex’s 15 points. Kody Jones chimed in with 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Hicks added 11 points and eight boards.

These teams met previously on Dec. 1 in the Red Rock Hoops Classic, with the host Scorpions winning, 43-37. Saturday’s rematch was just as close.

Prescott coach Adam Neely said Hicks hit the eventual game-winning points while being fouled inside of a minute to go in the fourth quarter. Sedona scored with 3.8 seconds left to cut the Badgers’ lead to one, 54-53. But Prescott’s Dillan Osborn drained 1 of 2 free throws in the waning moments to finish off the Scorpions.

“The boys played hard tonight and battled through some struggles shooting the basketball to get the victory,” Neely added. “It’s always a great experience for these young men to get to play at the [Phoenix] Suns’ arena.”

UP NEXT

Prescott (3-1 region) plays host to Mohave of Bullhead City (1-5 region, 5-6 in power-point games) when it resumes Grand Canyon region action at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Badgers’ dome gym.

Sedona returns to Central region play when it hosts rival Camp Verde (0-1, 4-5) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.