Nine turnovers hurt the Panthers badly in the second quarter as Adelson outscored them 25-12 to take a 41-25 halftime lead.
Alamo coach Mike Strong had wondered how the team would handle Adelson’s constant full court pressure. “We we didn’t do as good as I had hoped,” he said. ”It got to us and rattled us some. They do a really good job of pressuring you. We’ve still got some work to do. There were times we broke it down and got some good looks, but not ever enough to get them out of it.”
The teams played nearly even in the second half, 26-25 in favor of PVHS.
It was the Panthers (11-5, 5-1) only game of the week and has them now in third place behind Word of Life (12-3, 6-1). Spring Mountain is the leader (16-5, 7-0). Adelson (10-6, 5-2) is back in fourth place. Jake Buchman scored 15 for the Lions and Frank Ventura had 11. At the foul line, Adelson was 11-for-20 (55 percent).
Tabor Maxwell led Pahranagat with 15 points, and Culen Highbe had 11. At the line, the boys were 18-for-25 (72 percent).
Pahranagat has four games left on the regular season.
This weekend, at home, they face Round Mountain (7-13, 2-5), and Beatty (5-5, 3-2). The Panthers are 9-0 against Round Mountain since 2008, and 9-1 against Beatty since 2009, having won the last eight games.
The Panther boys are averaging 49.4 points per game, while Round Mountain is at 43.7, and Beatty 41.5 ppg.
PVHS closes the regular season at home for senior night with Spring Mountain Feb. 10 and away Feb. 13 at Sandy Valley (4-9, 1-6).
The Southern Division IV playoffs begin Feb. 18. The top two seeds have a bye, while the No. 4 seed hosts the No. 5 seed, and No. 3 hosts No. 6. League semi-finals will be at Chaparral High Feb. 20 and the finals at Spring Valley High Feb. 21.
The top two advance to state at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas Feb. 27-28.