Boys basketball: Prairie 56, Auburn-MountainView 54

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Prairie 56, Auburn-Mountainview 54 -- The Prairie Falcons are clutch.

The Falcons made 11 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter to save their season, holding off Auburn-Mountainview in an opening round game in the Class 3A bi-district boys basketball tournament.

Nathan Cherzan scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Falcons. Ryan Denny added 14 points. Denny was 8 of 9 from the line in the final eight minutes.

Reece Burnett buried a 3-pointer late in the game to give the Falcons a seven-point lead. Soon after, he made two free throws to keep Prairie in control.

Prairie will face Decatur on Friday in the quarterfinals. A win there will advance the Falcons to regionals. A loss on Friday would send Prairie into the loser’s bracket with one more chance to advance.

PRAIRIE 56, AUBURN-MOUNTAINVIEW 54

PRAIRIE -- Colton Prestwich 0, Reece Burnett 5, JaMariay McDonald 2, Preston Brooks 2, James Phillips 5, Ryan Denny 16, Andy Hak 2, Spencer Papworth , Dane Brooks 0, Nathan Cherzan 24. Totals 16 (3) 21-25 56.

AUBURN-MOUNTAINVIEW -- A. Upchurch 0, Nehaky 2, Lu 2, Anderson 2, Lacey 6, K. Upchurch 3, Green 21, Hartson 0, Beauchamp 14, Sleezer 4, Rackey 0. Totals 18 (6) 12-17 54.

Prairie 14 14 10 18--56

AMV 14 11 8 21--54