Still in search of their first win thus far into the 2017-18 basketball season, the Prescott Curley Wolves came very close on last Tuesday night hosting Genoa Central Dragons at home for the nightcap battle at the Prescott Sports Arena.

Still in search of their first win thus far into the 2017-18 basketball season, the Prescott Curley Wolves came very close on last Tuesday night hosting Genoa Central Dragons at home for the nightcap battle at the Prescott Sports Arena.
The Curley Wolves sparked early with the advantage, but the Dragons' second quarter rally held through just enough to secure a two point win over Prescott, 50-48.
In first quarter action, the Curley Wolves took a 4-0 lead with Quontravious Caldwell and big man Ryan Johnson scored key baskets under the goal down to the 6:25 mark. The Dragons answered with a trifecta from behind the arc to cut their deficit 4-3 at the 6:02 mark. Johnson posted the Curley Wolves' next three baskets from the field that led to a Prescott 10-9 lead down to the 3:03 mark. The Dragons answered with their final basket of the first quarter at the 2:15 mark to take a slim 11-10 lead. Trey Rucker drained a three-pointer and Courtland Mixon added a basket to put the Curley Wolves up over Genoa 15-11 at the end of first quarter action.
In the second, the Dragons created a scoring rally to take a 17-15 lead down to the 6:30 mark. Caldwell and Mixon kept the Curley Wolves in the battle with baskets down to the 3:23 mark to put Prescott back ahead, 21-19. The Dragons would post seven points in the final three minutes of play in the first half, but Prescott's Mixon and Johnson scored the Wolves next two baskets to end second period action. At the break, Prescott trailed Genoa 28-25 going into the locker room at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Wolves came out with limited scoring production to post six points in the third and Genoa accounting 11 points. At the end of three periods of action, the Dragons had their biggest lead margin of the game over Prescott, 39-31.
In the fourth, the Wolves rallied themselves back with Johnson leading the surge, followed by Derrium Thompson and Caldwell all contributing key baskets and buckets that cut Genoa's lead to 48-46 under a minute to play in the game. The Dragons would make two trips to the foul line in the closing seconds splitting a couple of pair of free-throws twice to extend their lead to 50-46 with 8.9 seconds left in the game. Caldwell took it coast to coast to score the final basket of the game with two seconds remaining that only could bring Prescott's within a bucket as time ran out and the Dragons went onto escape with victory.
For the game, Prescott's Caldwell led scoring with 16 points and Johnson followed with 14 points for double-figures. Mixon contributed eight points, Rucker and Quantas Gulley each had three points apiece, C.J. Hill and Thompson each posted two points apiece.
The Curley Wolves will return to more hoops this week to compete in tournament play hosted at Lake Hamilton Dec. 28-30. Prescott is scheduled to play Kirby on Thursday Dec. 28 for first round play. Following tournament competition, the Curley Wolves begin the second half of the 2017-18 basketball season with more road hoops against Fouke on January 2, 2018, then return home January 4, 2018 hosting Gurdon at the Prescott Sports Arena.