95°F
weather icon Clear

Eagles hold on for 57-52 victory over Pahrump

Boulder City High School boys basketball found themselves in a funk Monday, Jan. 8, against Pahrump Valley, but found a way to hold on late with a resilient 57-52 victory.

“I thought we came out a little flat,” head coach John Balistere said. “We let them keep the game close for the majority of the night, but we stepped up more in the second half and closed it out. The resiliency of this team is something special. They expect to win and find ways to win, even when we’re not playing our best.”

In what turned out to be a sloppy outing in their first game back from the holiday break, the Eagles settled for too many jump shots early that didn’t fall, while missing 14 free-throw attempts, finishing 24-of-38 from the charity stripe.

“We were definitely off tonight, shooting wise,” Balistere said. “Early on I thought we settled for too many jumpers that usually go in for us, but just weren’t falling. We did a better job attacking the rim later in the game, but still have to do a better job with our free-throw percentage if we want to win games against tough teams.”

Finding his way to the basket routinely throughout the second half, junior forward Derrick Thomas poured in a game-high 22 points with a majority of his points coming off fast break layups and free-throw opportunities.

“Derrick really helps the dynamic of our offense,” said senior guard Carson Balistere. “We know that when none of us are hitting our jump shots, we get him involved and he’ll get us a quick bucket or two.”

Finding a way to stay productive despite off shooting nights, Carson Balistere and junior forward Karson Bailey each added 7 points, while senior forward Clayton Pendleton added 8 points in a must-win game for the Eagles.

“We definitely wanted to come out of the break with some momentum heading into league play,” John Balistere said. “Give all the credit to Pahrump, they came out and played us tough and gave us a really good game. I really think experiencing this our first game back will help set the tone for the rest of our season.”

Looking to stay competitive in the 3A Sunrise League and end a three-year postseason drought, the Eagles will head to Moapa Valley on Friday, before hosting Del Sol on Tuesday.

Results from Wednesday’s contest against Southeast Career Technical Academy will appear in next week’s issue.

Contact Robert Vendettoli at BCRsports@gmail.com.

Upcoming games

Friday, Jan. 12, at Moapa, 5 p.m. junior varsity, 6:30 p.m. varsity

Tuesday, Jan. 16, vs. Del Sol, 5 p.m. junior varsity; 6:30 p.m. varsity

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Girls ride win streak heading into regionals

Controlling their own destiny this postseason, Boulder City High School’s softball team has entered the winners bracket after defeating Desert Pines on Monday, May 9, and rival Moapa Valley on Tuesday, May 10, in the opening rounds of the postseason.

Catalina evokes visions of romance, nature

For many who grew up in the 1950s or ’60s, the name of Santa Catalina will always evoke the vision of California at its most romantic, thanks to the Four Preps’ influential pop song of the same name. But the actual island has helped city folk enjoy romance, nature and elegant surroundings in their preferred proportions for nearly a century.

Eagles’ future tentative

Splitting a pair of postseason games, Boulder City High School’s baseball team finds itself in the losers bracket, hoping to pull through.

Roundup: BCHS hosts final track meet of year

Hosting an end of the season meet Friday, May 6, Boulder City High School’s boys and girls track and field teams finished near the top half of the pack.

Wrestler recognized for character, leadership

Hunter Moore, a junior wrestling star at Boulder City High School, was recognized by the United States Marine Corps and National Wrestling Coaches Association with a Character and Leadership All-America Award.

Eagles defeat rival

Facing their toughest competition of the season, the Boulder City High School boys volleyball team defeated Clark 3-1 Friday, April 29, locking up the top seed in the 3A standings.

Team locks up first place in 3A division

In dominant fashion, the Boulder City High School baseball team extended their winning streak to seven games and locked up first place in the 3A Desert League.

Swimmers get win to end regular season

Ending the regular season on a high note, both Boulder City High School swimming programs defeated Eldorado at Henderson Multigenerational Center Saturday, April 30.

Eagles undefeated in league play; eye repeat title

Boulder City High School’s boys volleyball team picked up a pair of victories over SLAM Academy and Pinecrest Academy Cadence during its most recent slate of games.

Boys get big win

Boulder City High School’s varsity baseball team defeated Pahrump Valley 14-4 on Monday, April 25, to remain alive for the top spot in the 3A Desert League.