It was a tough day for the Virgin Valley High School Bulldog boys basketball team Saturday, Dec. 12 as they lost two games to finish fourth in their Bulldog Invitational.
The Bulldogs began the afternoon facing tournament favorite and eventual winner Mojave High School. The Dawgs were down 2-0 before a tick on the clock as a Bulldog player was called for a technical foul. The Dawgs came out with a lot of enthusiasm as they surprised the Rattlers matching their quickness with pinpoint shooting.
The Dawgs, behind Andrew Memmott’s 7 points, led after one period 15-10. Despite numerous mistakes the Dawgs held their lead 31-27 after one half of play. Memmott led the Dawgs with 11 points. Free throws by the Rattlers kept the score close.
The Rattlers began the second half with an intense man defense which shut down the Dawgs offense. Mojave ran off seven straight points to take a 34-31 lead. Memmott hit a three ball to tie the game at 34-34. It would be the Dawgs’ only score of the period as they could not handle the Rattlers press. The score after three quarters found the Rattlers up by a score of 36-34.
The Dawgs managed eight points in the fourth period but could not stop Chishawn Thomas in the paint. Thomas led the Rattlers with 17 points and a 49-42 Mojave win. Memmott led the Dawgs with 14 points followed by Nick Cox with 12 points.
The late afternoon finale for the Bulldogs was a blowout as Desert Oasis High School came out with a vengeance after losing a large lead in the fourth and losing to Bonanza High School 54-53.
The Dawgs trailed the Dragons 22-13 after one period of play. Memmott had eight points to lead the Dawgs. The Dawgs trailed 36-24 after one half of play. The Dragons increased their lead to 50-34 as the Dawgs could not stop Aamondae Coleman who would finish the game with 29 points. Zach Barnum and Memmott led the Dawgs with 14 points each.
The final score 71-48 was not indicative of the Bulldogs’ play in the tourney. They showed great enthusiasm and wiliness to battle from start to finish against some tough teams. Their loss to Mojave showed that they can play physically with the big schools.
Mojave defeated Bonanza 80-71 to win it all. The Dawgs return to league play Dec.15 at Del Sol. The Bulldogs next home game will be Jan.2 against Lincoln County.