Pahranagat Valley High School (PVHS) started out slow and finished up fast, but still fell short with a fourth-quarter rally, losing 51-47 at Lake Mead, Dec. 29.
Dionte Bishop had 22 points as the Eagles held off the Panthers. Marcus Dolinar added nine points for Lake Mead.
Stockton Maxwell was the leading scorer for PVHS with 27 points.
After taking a 41-27 lead going into the fourth quarter, Lake Mead might have thought it all was in the bag and let up, but the Panthers were prowling and ready to pounce.
PVHS mounted a furious rally, outscoring the Eagles 20-10 in the final period, but came up short.
Panther coach Michael Strong said, “The last three to four minutes of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter, we were playing really well. Overall, I thought this was one of our better games. What happened was we dug ourselves a bit of a hole in the first half, a lot of which started with poor defense on our part.”
It was then that most of the Lake Mead players scored their points. Eight players scored for the Eagles, but it was mostly Bishop and Dolinar who carried the team in the second half.
Pahranagat started making shots in the second half.
“John Hansen hit a pair of threes,” Strong said, “and Izzy Riera had a nice layup late in the game to pull us close. Still want to see more production for all our players, but we are getting closer to where we want to be. Just too big a hole early on to come out of in this game, but a good job by our kids to come back and fight close to the top.”
The loss broke PVHS’ three-game win streak over the Eagles, but Lake Mead still leads in the series, 14-5, as they have since 2006.
The Panthers (5-7) are back action this Friday as they travel for a non-league game in Hawthorne with Mineral County.
The first league game will be Jan. 10 in Alamo with Liberty Baptist.
As 2019 begins, the top rated 1A boys teams statewide are Whittell (9-0), Mineral County (9-1), Sierra Lutheran (7-1), and Tonopah (7-2).