Boys basketball: Prairie 65, Kelso 57

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A three-point explosion in the third quarter helped propel Prairie to a road win on Friday night.

Five of Prairie's six three-pointers came in the third quarter as foul trouble forced Prairie to go to a guard-heavy line-up.

Michael Stockbridge hit two of those threes in the decisive third quarter including one at the buzzer to maintain momentum. But, it was James Phillips who led Prairie scoring 22 points–including 11 in the fourth quarter–as well as eight rebounds and three blocks.

Kelso cut the lead down to five in the fourth quarter after Quinton McDaniel–who finished with 21 points–hit consecutive three-pointers.

However, Prairie was able to ice the game at the foul line and didn't allow Kelso any closer to move into second place in the 3A Greater St. Helens League.

PRAIRIE 65, KELSO 57

PRAIRIE -- Palmer Goecke 11, Jacob Davidson 3, Michael Stockbridge 6, Cameron Papworth 0, James Phillips 22, Mason Pack 14, Greg Bernash 2, Ronnie McPherson 7. Totals 21(6) 17-26 65.

KELSO -- Mike Pierce , Blake Hampton 10, Justin Bowlby , Xavier Parker-Mendez 2, Nate Solomon 0 , Jared Bowlby 6, Quinton McDaniel 21, Seth Gillihan 6, Zach Cummings 2, Zak Schueller 10. Totals 17(8) 15-18 57.

Prairie 11 13 23 18--65

Kelso 16 10 14 18--57

JV -- Kelso won 61-50. Freshman – Kelso won 60-57.