Bulldog forward Jaden Perkins #33 splits four Cowboys enroute to layup during the Dawgs 45-44 loss. Perkins had eight points for the game.
Photo by Lou Martin

The Virgin Valley High School boy basketball team saw the sting of defeat not once but twice in their Bulldog Invitational basketball tournament Saturday afternoon, Dec. 10 in the Dawg House. The Dawgs lost two games by a total of three points.

The Dawgs faced off against Kanab (Utah) in a semi-final game Saturday morning. The Bulldogs jumped out to an 11-6 lead after one period of play behind six points by Hogan Fowles. The Cowboys tied the game 16-16 with Fowles scoring all five points for the Dawgs.

The teams found their offense in the third period with the Dawgs up 32-31 in a slugfest. Fowles added 7 more points in the period and Jaden Perkins stole a pass and drove for two of his six third period points. The Dawgs and the Cowboys traded leads in the fourth period until Perkins two free throws put the Dawgs up 42-41. Fowles drove for two points giving the Dawgs a 44-41 lead with two minutes remaining in the game.

The Bulldogs could not hold the lead giving up four points to the Cowboys with the winning layup with six seconds remaining. The Bulldogs had a last gasp shot which bounced off the rim. Fowles led all scorers with 20 points followed by Andrew Memmott with 13 points. Perkins added 8 points and center Reid Jensen made five huge blocks for the Bulldogs.

The loss moved the Dawgs into a third place game against West Wendover later in the afternoon. The Dawgs defeated West Wendover in last week’s Lake Mead Classic 50-40.

The Wolves got their revenge defeating the Bulldogs in double overtime 60-58. The Wolves hit a three point shot at the buzzer for the win. Memmott led the Bulldogs with 19 points followed by Fowles with 10 points. The Bulldogs will host Silverado on Dec.15 in a non-league game. The Dawgs will open 3A Sunrise League play Jan. 4 at Boulder City.

Enterprise defeated Kanab in overtime on a tip-in for the win at the buzzer. Overall this was the best matched tournament in its nine year history.