Having to shift over very quickly from football to basketball has been a common occurrence with Pahranagat Valley for the better part of the last 10 years. So the boys often start the season a little slow.
Appearing in the Lake Mead Holiday Classic in Henderson, the Pahranagat Valley High boys basketball team first faced the Bishop Gorman JVs on Dec. 5. The Gaels’ junior varsity sprinted to a 27-5 halftime lead and downed the Panthers 59-22.
Christian Higbee and Shawn Wadsworth both had five points for Pahranagat Valley.
PVHS played Calvary Chapel next. Quintin Hank had 17 points to lead the Lions by the Panthers 34-19. 6-4 junior Matthew Harney added 10 points for Calvary Chapel. Wade Leavitt scored five points for Pahranagat Valley.
The next day, Dec. 6, the Panthers played Laughlin. Forward/center Quinton Love had 17 points to lift the Cougars over the Panthers 39-32.
Tyler Furr added six points for Laughlin, which led 29-27 after three quarters. Laughlin then outscored Pahranagat 10-5 in the final quarter.
Tabor Maxwell led Pahranagat Valley with nine points, and teammate Jordan Cryts scored seven.
The Panthers second game of the day Dec. 6, was against the visiting Australia No. 2 team. Cryts had 14 points to help the Panthers outlast the Aussie’s 45-36.
Shawn Wadsworth and Maxwell each scored 11 points for the Panthers, who led 30-29 after three quarters. But Pahranagat broke loose with a 15-7 final quarter to pull out their first win at the tournament. M.J. Foster led all scorers with 18 for Australia.
In the Panthers final game of the tournament, they lost 64-50 to Fernley. The Vaqueros jumped out to a 25-8 lead in the first quarter, from which Pahranagat could never recover, although the teams played fairly even the remainder of the game.
In a non-league game this week in Alamo, Drew Ramos scored 10 points and hit the winning free throw with one second remaining to lift Lake Mead to a 45-44 win over Pahranagat Valley (1-5). Dylan Graham led the Eagles (3-3) with 13 points, and Brandon LeBaron added 10.
Jake Carter finished with 18 points for the Panthers, who also got 11 points from Jordan Cryts.
Pahranagat Valley plays this weekend at the Comstock Classic in Virginia City.