The Bradshaw Mountain Bears fell to Prescott 54-50 Friday night in a close contest on the Prescott Valley hardwood.
Prescott went up 6-0 before Anthony Biasetti got the Bears on the board.
Bradshaw tied it 8-6 before taking what would be its only lead of the game, 10-8. Prescott pulled ahead on a 3-pointer to make it 11-10 as the first quarter ended.
The Bears closed to 17-15 on Tyler Inglehart's trey, but trailed 24-17 at the half.
After the break, Bradshaw narrowed the gap again, coming within 32-31 on a Lucas Herman bucket, before the Badgers surged to a 39-31 lead after three quarters.
Prescott led by as many as 10 points in the final quarter, but the Bears continuously came back, trailing just 51-50 with less than a minute to play. With 48.4 seconds to be ticked off, Prescott went up 52-50 on a free throw. But the shot the home crowd hoped for -either a 3-pointer for the win or even two to send the game into overtime - didn't materialize, while Badger junior Cameron Gilbert sealed the deal with a pair from the charity stripe. Six-foot-10, 245-pound center Gilbert finished with a game-high 23 points, including 7 of 10 free throws.
For the Bears, 6-foot-2 Inglehart's 18 points included 4 3-pointers. D.J. Gonzales contributed 10 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Skylor Clinton pounded the boards with 15 rebounds to go with his 9 points
The Bears (8-3) currently sit at No. 22 in AIA Div. II power points.
Bradshaw played host to Kingman yesterday, after the Tribune's press time, and will head to Kingman tomorrow. Then they get a 3-game home stand next week, starting with Moon Valley on Tuesday at 7 p.m.