Pahranagat Valley has to be pleased with their visit to the Comstock Classic in Virginia City last weekend. While they didn’t get to play the host VC team (3-2), they did go 3-1 at the tournament, which coach Mike Strong is better than their 0-4 outing last year.
The first game was with Eureka and the Vandals took the Panthers to overtime. A close game, tied at 53 at the end of regulation, then PVHS pulled out a 63-60 win by scoring 10 in the extra period. “We’d get up 6 or 7,” Strong said, “then they’d come back. Then they went up on us toward the end and we had to work hard earn the tie.”
He said Christian Higbee had five three-point shots and Shawn Wadsworth played tough inside. “For the second game of the season, the kids did a nice job of battling and hanging in there.”
Games with Smith Valley and McDermitt were a bit easier, with scores of 49-31 and 42-21. “We shot the ball well, and were pretty decent on defense for this early. The kids moved the ball well and we got really good looks,” Strong noted.
But the final game with unbeaten Battle Mountain was a completely different story. “The Longhorns have a solid team,” Strong said. “They have quickness and some good size inside.”
While the Panthers were getting good looks themselves, the shots were just not going down, and they trailed at halftime 37-20. The second half was cold for both teams, both scoring only 8 points in the final two quarters.
Strong said the boys were pretty tired by the end of the fourth game in three days. “Most everybody is four or five games ahead of us at this point in the season.”
But all of that is because of Pahranagat extended football season the past 10 years. “It was a good game for us to see at the level we need to be getting at,” said Strong.
Pahranagat (4-1) had a game this week with Lincoln County and will be off until after Christmas. Eureka (6-2) is planned to come to Alamo Dec. 27, but Strong said that game may have to be either cancelled or postponed, he was not sure. On Dec. 30, the boys host White Pine (0-5), then Mountain View (6-3) and Wells (8-2) on Jan. 2-3.
Wells has not played basketball in Alamo since 2005.