Desert Dogs sweep Knights keep playoff hopes alive

Center Luke Cochran scores from underneath in a recent game. Cochran had his biggest output of the season Saturday night at the VVHS gym with 24 points.
Photo by Lou Martin

The Nevada Desert Dogs had their highest offensive output of the season Saturday night against the last place Vancouver Knights blowing them away 156-116. Seven Desert Dogs scored in double figures with four players at 24 points or better. The Dogs dominated underneath with centers Luke Cochran and Desmond Hubbert scoring 24 points each. Jamal Peterson and Terrell Evans led the Dogs with 25 points each. Cochran hit 10 points in the opening period to lead the Dogs to a 40-26 advantage. The Dogs continued their onslaught with 38 points in the second period to increase their led to 78-56. Reserve Spencer Mathis led the Dogs with 3 three-balls. Big man Hubbert moved his game up a notch in the third period with 12 points, followed by Evans with 11 points. The Dogs led 118-72 after three periods of play. Peterson hit 4 three-balls in the final period followed by 10 points from Hubbert to make the final score 156-116. Desert Dogs A.J. Gaines and Mathis added 18 and 16 points respectively for the Dogs. The Dogs Jalan Kendrick, did not suit up for the game .The Knights, came to life in the final period, putting up 44 points led by former Desert Dog Anthony Strickland with 21 points. The Knights featured three former Desert Dogs in their rotation.  The Desert Dogs won Friday night’s series opening game 107-101.The Dogs travel to Kansa City on Monday April 23 and 25. A sweep of the Tornados would give the Desert Dogs a tie or a possible tie for the final playoff spot. League President and Desert Dog owner, Dave Magley held a meeting on Friday regarding the future of the Desert Dogs in Nevada. Once information is processed, I will report in a future article.

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