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Skyhawks get back on track

Southridge turns on the jets in the second half to beat Prairie 77-75
by: MILES VANCE,

BRUSH PRAIRIE, Wash. - Southridge's boys basketball team was coming off one of its worst performances of the 2007-08 non-league schedule and wanted nothing more than to put its Tuesday loss to Evergreen behind it.

Prairie High's boys had different ideas on Friday, however, and gave the Skyhawks fits throughout the first half of their Friday road game. But when push came to shove, Southridge turned on the jets, left the Falcons behind in the second half and pulled away to win 77-75. The victory lifted the Skyhawks' record to 12-2.

'The first half resembled the game against Evergreen a lot, but then in the second half, we just relaxed and weren't so tense about it,' said senior wing Jace Green, who scored all 13 of his points in the second half against Prairie. 'It wasn't so much 'Have to win' as 'Want to win' and we were just sharing the ball and running and it was free and that's how we have to play.'

'In the first half, we struggled and we weren't moving the ball around,' added senior wing Travis Madison, who had 10 points in the win. 'The second half, coach got us together and our seniors and some of our bench players, they sparked us. You play great defense and then you play great offense.'

And that's just what the Skyhawks did in a second half that saw them outscore the Falcons 28-16 in the third quarter and rack up 52 points in the final two quarters.

Junior post Kevin Sullivan, who led the Skyhawks with 25 points, scored six points in the first 1:42 of the third quarter, then saw his teammates take over from long range, with Green, Travis Kinane (twice), Madison and Aaron Buster all knock down three-pointers in the final 4:28 of the third quarter.

Prairie fell behind by as many as eight points in the final quarter, but rallied behind Michael Hamberg (23 points) and Kevan West (18 points) and cut Southridge's lead to 73-72 on West's 'three' with 22 seconds to go, but Kinane hit two foul shots and Sullivan one in the final 21 seconds to put the win on ice.

For a complete game story and more photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.