Three point shots came often in the Pahranagat Valley High boys basketball game with Beaver Dam last Friday. The Panther boys had about 10 in all, with Tabor Maxwell connecting on six of them, contributing to his 24 points, and leading the Panthers over the Diamondbacks 58-50.
Wade Leavitt and Jacob Roemer each added 10 points for Pahranagat Valley.
Beaver Dam’s Carlos Sherrill led all scorers with 25 points and Eddie Castro added 17.
After a slow start during which both teams couldn’t score either from the inside or outside, things got more interesting.
Jacob Roemer starting scoring on the inside for Pahranagat and Maxwell made three three-point shots in the middle quarters.
Roemer finished with 12 points and Wade Leavitt chipped in with 10. However, the team was only 4-of-11 at the free throw line.
For Beaver Dam, Sherrill put on quite a show in the second half and 255-lb, 6-0 Castro muscled his way in close numerous times for scores. Coach Rory Hurley said, “Carlos is big enough to push people around on the inside, but Alamo’s use of taller men against him made it more difficult for him. “Their heigth had a lot to do with us. Carlos is usually a lot more dominate but with kids in his face…”
The depth of the Alamo bench was a factor too, he said. “They can just keep running fresh kids at you.”
Panther coach Mike Strong this was an important league game because it gives the PVHS (8-4, 2-0) a two-game lead in the league standings over the Diamondbacks for one of the six playoff spots.
“We knew Beaver Dam (5-4, 2-2) would be tough and scrappy and could score the ball. It was nice to see Tabor shoot the ball like that. Our press and trapping defense in the second half created a number of turnovers and we got some easy looks out of that, plus and we got nearly every 50-50 ball. That’s the way we have to play, with that kind of intensity,” Strong said.
Leavitt said the boys were told, “To be all over the floor, to be sure every 50-50 ball to be ours, so with that mentality, we were going to be the team that wanted it more, and our deep bench helps to be able to outrun most teams.”
At Lund on Saturday, the Panthers only played the starters part of the first quarter, then let the subs go the rest of the game and an easy 63-19 win over the Mustangs (0-5, 0-4).
The Alamo boys (9-4, 3-0) play at Tonopah (5-9, 1-2) on Friday, face co-league leader Word of Life (7-2, 3-0) in Alamo on Saturday, and play at Adelson (7-5, 2-1) in Las Vegas Jan. 29.