Pirates lose twice in tournament
The Prairie boys basketball team lost twice in the Prairie Classic Tournament, falling 46-56 on Friday, Dec. 17, to Council and 30-38 on Saturday to Kamiah.Mat Forsmann found the going tough inside against Council.
A bigger loss than the games though was losing Chad Arnzen to injury. He re-injured the knee that caused him to miss most of his sophomore season in Fridayís game against Council and was on crutches for Saturdayís game. No word at this writing on the extent of the injury.
Prior to the game the basketball and baseball teams honored Jacob Riener in a ceremony. A shadowbox with Jacobís baseball jersey and the large portrait of him from last were unveiled on the south wall of the gym, which will hang there until the end of what would have been his senior year then they will be given to the family. Also in Rienerís memory, his best friend, Mat Forsmann, wore Rienerís #24 basketball jersey during the game. 
Forsmann was to see his first action since spraining his ankle a couple days prior to the teamís season opener.
The game with Council was a tough battle until the end of the third quarter as neither team could build much of a lead until that point.
Council plays an aggressive brand of basketball with full-court pressure for the entire 32 minutes and once the get the ball itís full speed ahead. Their style of play results in a lot of turnovers for both teams.
Prairie fell behind at the start as Council scored the gameís first 5 points but the Pirates answered bask as Corey Schaeffer connected on a pair of shots.
With 2:40 left in the quarter Prairie trailed 5-9 then Arnzen took over. He scored a putback then converted a 3-point play with his free throw giving Prairie their first lead at 10-9.
After a Council basket Arnzen scored a lay-up to make it 12-11 at the quarter break.
The scoring went back and forth in the second quarter until the 3 minute mark. With 3:02 left in the half Arnzen scored a lay-up for a 21-19 Prairie lead. Council then went on a 1-7 run to take the lead and they led 25-27 at the half.
Kevin Funke just misses deflecting a pass as Chris Schumacher watches.Prairie fell behind 27-33 early in the third quarter but battled back on a basket each by Seth Crane, Schaeffer and Forsmann to tie the score at 33 with 4:18 left in the quarter.
Council broke the tie with a 3-pointer and that launched them on a 2-14 run that put them in control at 35-47.
Prairie answered back with an 8-0 run of their own to close within 4 points at 43-47 with 2:24 left.
Council broke the run with a basket with 2:07 left.
It was 20 seconds after that that Arnzen got hurt and that seemed to take the steam out of the Pirates as Council scored 7 more points until Forsmannís 3-pointer with 6 seconds left that ended the gameís scoring.
Arnzen wound up as Prairieís leading scorer and rebounder with 18 points and 13 boards.
Schaeffer was a perfect 7 for 7 from the field for 14 points. Forsmann and Crane scored 5 each. Kelby Wilson scored 3 and Kevin Funke scored 1.
Prairie held a 41-27 rebounding advantage with Crane and Funke pulling down 8 rebounds each and Schaeffer 7 in addition to Arnzenís 13.
Forsmann had 7 steals and 2 assists while Crane had 3 assists and Funke had 2
Prairie was 20 for 50 from the field, 40%, and 5 for 21 at the line. Council was 21 for 48 from the field, 44%, and 8 for 13 at the line.
In Saturdayís game against Kamiah, Prairie jumped out to a 4-0 lead as Forsmann scored a pair of free throws and a putback. 
After a Kamiah basket Prairie pushed the lead to 9-2 on a lay-up by Sean Daly and a high-arcing 3-pointer by Funke.
Kamiah cut the lead to 9-7 but lay-ups by Chris Schumacher and Crane gave Prairie a 13-7 lead at the quarter break.
With 3:50 left in the second quarter Prairie led 18-13 but then didnít score another point in the half. Kamiah connected on a 3-pointer and a putback to tie the score at 18 at halftime.
The Kubs took their first lead in the third quarter and had a 20-24 lead with 5:06 left in the quarter. 
2 free throws and a driving lay-up by Forsmann tied the score at 24 but a 3-point bomb by Kamiah gave the Kubs a 24-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
A basket by Forsmann and a pair of baskets by Crane gave Prairie a 30-29 lead with 4:50 to play.
That was it for the Pirates who hit another long dry spell with the Kubs scoring the gameís final 9 points.
Forsmann had 12 points to lead the Pirates in scoring with Crane scoring 8, Daly 4, Funke 3, Schumacher 2 and Schaeffer 1.
Prairie had a 37-34 rebounding edge led by Schaeffer who had 13. Crane added 7 rebounds and Forsmann had 6.
Schaeffer had 3 steals and Daly and Funke had 2 assists each.
Prairie was 12 for 38 from the field, 32%, and 5 for 8 at the line while Kamiah was 17 for 56 from the field, 30%, and 0 for 6 at the line.
Schaeffer was named to the all-tournament team as selected by the 4 teamís coaches.
With the losses Prairie drops to 1-5 on the season.
Vs. Council
Council 11 16 12 17 -56
Prairie   12 13 10 11 -46
Prairie-Crane 2-9, 1-2, 5; Funke 0-1, 1-5, 1; Forsmann 2-16, 0-2, 5; Schaeffer 7-7, 0-3, 14; Arnzen 8-12, 2-5, 18; Wilson 1-4, 1-2, 3; S. Daly 0-1, 0-0, 0; Holthaus 0-0, 0-0, 0; Schumacher 0-0, 0-0, 0; R. Daly 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Forsmann.
Council-C. Green 1-7, 1-2, 4; Schuck 3-5, 2-2, 10; McConnell 5-8, 0-0, 13; Day 7-11, 2-5, 16; Chadwell 4-11, 1-2, 9; Edmunson 0-2, 2-2, 2; J. Green 1-3, 0-0, 2; Paradis 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-McConnell 3, Schuck 2, C. Green.
Vs. Kamiah
Kamiah     7 11 9 11 -38
Prairie     13   5 6   6 -30
Prairie-Crane 4-11, 0-0, 8; Schaeffer 0-2, 1-2, 1; Funke 1-2, 0-2, 3; Forsmann 4-13, 4-4, 12; Wilson 0-2, 0-0, 0; S. Daly 2-6, 0-0, 4; Schumacher 1-2, 0-0, 2; Holthaus 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-none.
Kamiah-L. Harding 1-5, 0-0, 2; LaPrairie 2-10, 0-1, 6; Hagen 2-9, 0-1, 4; J. Harding 4-16, 0-2, 9; Uhlorn 2-3, 0-2, 4; Breshears 4-9, 0-0, 8; Whittle 0-2, 0-0, 0; Schlader 2-2, 0-0, 5. 3-pointers-LaPrairie 2, J. Harding, Schlader.

Prior to the game Friday night a ceremony was held honoring Jacob Riener who died of cancer in September. Mat Forsmann has just finished peeling away the covering to show Jake's picture from last year and a shodow box with his varsity letter and baseball jersey. They will hang in the Prairie gym until the end of what would have been his senior season next year, then they will be given to the family. The baseball team also provided the family with a couple of baseballs autographed by the entire team.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
  4-Kamiah, there
  6-Timberline, here
  8-Kendrick, here, 4 p.m.
11-Deary, there
13-Nezperce, here
18-Culdesac, there
22-Timberline, there
27-Troy, there
28-Grangeville, here
  1-Nezperce, there
  4-Lapwai, here
  8-Highland, here
10-Culdesac, here
12-Genesee, here

30-Pomeroy Invitational
  7 & 8-Kamiah Invitational
13-CV, there, 6 p.m.
14 & 15-Wendell Invitational
21 & 22-New Plymouth Invitational
25-Grangeville/Orofino, here, 6 p.m.
  1-Potlatch/Gíville, home, 6 p.m.
  3-Oro./Gíville, away, 6 p.m.
  4 & 5-Weiser Invitational
11-CV/Kam./Pot. Away, 6 p.m.
19-Districts, at Orofino
24-26-State at Nampa

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