BATH - Prattsburgh overcame a 14-point third quarter deficit to top Bradford 81-75 Saturday in the semifinals of the Steuben County Tournament held in Bath.
Trailing 64-50 at the end of three quarters, the Vikings cut a 14-point deficit to three in just four minutes and took their first lead since 9-7 with 1:17 remaining in the game.
Kris Johnson had all 18 of his points in the final 16 minutes including 16 of the Viking 31 points in the final frame.
Mason Putnam led the Vikings with 31 points including 15 in the second half.
“Tough loss for us, but we will bounce back just fine and be ready for our next game,” Bradford head coach Mark LaBarr said. “I have a great group of young men on this team and we can play with and beat the best of them.”
The Braves controlled the first half breaking a 9-9 tie in the first quarter and turning it into a 22-11 first quarter lead led by six points from Jordan Sutryk.
Bradford kept the pressure on in the second quarter on the strength of nine points from Blaze Machuga to take a 41-27 lead at the break.
Sutryk led the Braves with 23 points and Machuga added 18 points and Steven Spina chipped in 15 points.
Prattsburgh will take on the winner of top-seeded Avoca and fifth-seeded Jasper-Troupsburg at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Bath.