Prescott Boys Basketball Preview
The Prescott boys basketball team is coming off of an 11-10 season in 2020-21 which ended in a regional final game against Aquinas. Now, Prescott, under the direction of Nick Johnson, has started the 2021-22 season 3-0 and is eyeing a Middle Border Conference championship.
This year, Prescott has a high-powered offense and is scoring points like no other team in Pierce County. The Cardinals are averaging 80 points per game this year, which includes a 95point performance at home against Durand. Coach Johnson spoke about the Cardinals’ offensive firepower.
“Offensively, we’re in a good spot, we’ve got a lot of shooters,” Johnson said. “We’ve got a lot of shooters and a lot of ball handlers and a lot of people that can beat you. So, we’re happy with that.”
Offensively, Jordan Malmlov and Brandon Stuart are two legitimate snipers from the threepoint line. Both of them can pull up from just inside half-court and make shots regularly. The 2021 Prescott Cardinals offense resembles that of the 2017 Golden State Warriors in the NBA. Shooters everywhere, five-out offense, and a whole lot of points on the scoreboard.
“We installed a new offense this year,” Johnson said. “We play a five-out this year because we know anyone on our team can shoot threes. We want to be that team run n’ gun, be in transition, shoot threes. We still want to open up lanes and get to the basket, but there are going to be games where we live and die with the three.”
Prescott has spent the first three games living with the three, no death has happened yet. Part of what makes the Cardinals such a dangerous offensive team is that as Johnson said, all of the starters can shoot threes. That gives Prescott the ability to score a significant number of points in a short amount of time, which will keep them in every game they play this year – regardless of the score.
Prescott’s next game is on Tuesday, Dec. 7, on the road against Ellsworth. That game is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
The 2021-22 Prescott boys basketball team. Photo courtesy of Rachel Raden