The Virgin Valley High School men basketball team defeated four opponents on their way to winning the Lake Mead Holiday Classic basketball tournament in Las Vegas over the past weekend. The Bulldogs defeated West Wendover High School in the championship game by a score of 50-40. The dawgs started slow scoring only 2 points in the first period but followed up with 20 points in the second to take a 22-16 lead into the break. The Dawgs Hogan Fowles got hat in the third period with 8 points to give the Dawgs a 36-28 lead with one period to go. The Bulldogs held on for the win. Fowles led the Bulldogs with 12 points followed by Reid Jensen with 8 points. Jensen had 7 boards to lead the Dawgs.
The Bulldogs opened the tourney on Thursday night with a blowout 71-25 defeat over Lincoln County. Ten Bulldogs made the scorebook as they manhandled the Panaca squad. Andrew Memmott led all scorers with 22 points followed by Fowles with 16 points. Memmott had 5 three balls and Fowles added three of his own.
The Dawgs continued their winning ways by easily defeating host Lake Mead Academy 59-29 to begin the second day of action on Friday morning. Devin Cox led the Dawg swith 16 points, followed by Memmott with 14 points. Forward Cesar Zarate had 6 boards to lead the Dawg rebounders.
Friday evening was a test for the Dawgs as they faced their first 3A opponent Boulder City High School. The Eagles took the Bulldogs to double overtime before falling 53-48. The Bulldogs jumped on the Eagles early taking a 11-4 lead after one period of play. The Eagles rebounded to cut the Dawgs lead to 17-16 after one half of play. The teams traded baskets in the third period with the Eagles up 29-28. The fourth period was a no-show for the team’s offense as the Bulldogs tied the game outscoring the Eagles 3-2 to tie the game 31-31. The teams finished the first overtime period tied at 41-41 before the Dawgs behind Fowles three to win by 5 points in the second overtime. Jarrett Tietjen led the Bulldogs with 14 points followed by Fowles with 12 points and Jaden Perkins with 11 points. Memmott and Fowles had a fantastic game on the defensive boards for the Dawgs with 12 and 10 boards respectively. Fowles was named the tournament’s MVP and Memmott made the first team.
The Bulldogs travel to Canyon Springs on Thursday Dec. 8 before opening on Dec. 9 against White Pine County at 6pm in their annual Bulldog Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Bulldogs are one of the favorite’s going into tourney play.