KINGMAN - Some things are just meant to be. That's one way to look at the heartbreaker the Kingman High boys basketball team suffered Thursday.
The Bulldogs got off three shots in the final seconds of the fourth quarter but none fell through and Prescott escaped from KHS with a Division II, Section 1 win, 45-43.
Kingman's Andrew Plummer put up the first shot, a 3-pointer that would have given the Bulldogs the lead and, most likely, the win. Ethan Adams grabbed the rebound for the Bulldogs, but his shot went partially in and rolled out. Chayce Comins got that rebound, and the result of his shot was a mirror image to Adams' shot. Kingman was out of chances as the buzzer sounded.
"The boys played a really good game," said KHS coach Ron Anthony. "The kids played hard. There is improvement, but the ball is just not falling for us."
Though Kingman (1-2 S-1, 6-6 D-III) went 6-for-13 from behind the 3-point arc, the Bulldogs shot just 8-for-42 inside the arc. Most of those shots came in the paint.
"You can't miss 34 shots," Anthony said. "We didn't have a hard time getting shots, we just couldn't make layups."
All six of those 3-pointers were made by Adams. He finished with 24 points, including 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Those missed inside shots were most apparent in the first quarter. Kingman led 13-10 at the end, but the margin could have been a lot wider. The Bulldogs had a real hard time scoring in the second quarter when the Prescott (2-1, 5-9) defense held Kingman to five points and led at the half, 22-18.
The Bulldogs got back into their groove in the third quarter and outscored the Badgers 16-9 to lead 34-31. Adams made four of his 3s in the quarter.
Kingman trailed by as many as seven in the final quarter. That was with two minutes, 30 seconds remaining, but the Bulldogs whittled it down to when they had the three shots for overtime or the win.
Rod Gilleo scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Kingman. Skyler Burgess, Sean Curran and Chayce Comins each scored two points. Despite being undersized underneath the basket, Curran hauled in eight rebounds.
The loss leaves Kingman in fourth place in the Section 1 standings race. The top three advance to the section tournament with a spot in the state tournament on the line.Not only will the Bulldogs have to win their three remaining section games, but they are also going to need a lot of help to finish at least third.
"We'll keep plugging away," Anthony said. "We'll let the chips fall where they may."
Kingman played Lake Havasu in a non-section game Saturday. Results were not available by deadline. The Bulldogs play River Valley in another non-section game at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Mohave Valley. The next section game is against Mingus (0-3, 8-5) at 7 p.m. Friday in Cottonwood.