The basketball game between Sunrise Mountain and Virgin Valley High Schools Tuesday night was a game of strengths, the athleticism of the Miners versus the long ball of the Bulldogs. Every time the Miners forced Bulldog turnovers for points the Bulldogs would respond with the three point shot. In the end the Dawgs nine three point shots prevailed giving the Dawgs a hard fought 58-46 victory over the Miners.
The Miners began the game with a tenacious press forcing Bulldog turnovers and disrupting the Dawgs offense. The Miners led 10-4 early in the first period before the Bulldog team settled down, allowing their 3-2 defense which frustrated the Miners. A three ball by Jarrett Tietjen and two by Cesar Zarate ended the period with the Dawgs down 10-9.
The Bulldogs found their three ball shot in the second period as Andrew Memmott, Devin Cox and Hogan Fowles converted giving the Dawgs a 20-14 lead late in the first half. Mental mistakes allowed the Miners to recover and score the final four points of the half to cut the Dawgs lead to 22-18.
The Bulldogs came out of the locker room with a much greater intensity and took it to the Miners. Jayden Perkins hit two baskets around a second three from Tietjen to give the Dawgs a 29-20 advantage. Fowles followed with 7 straight points to keep the Dawgs up 36-20. The Dawgs again faltered with their ball handling allowing the Miners to finish the period down 36-24.
The Miners and Bulldogs offense came to life in the last period as the Bulldogs and Miners put up 22 points each. The Miners closed within 10 points 44-34 with 4:49 remaining in the game. The Dawgs took off again on a huge pass from Tietjen to Fowles for a layup. Fowles added two more threes to give the Dawgs a 56-43 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Tietjen padded the Bulldog lead with two free throws giving the Dawgs a58-46 win. Memmott led all scorers with 19 points followed by 11 points from Fowles. Bulldog big man Reid Jensen made his presence known with four blocks and seven boards. The Bulldogs host 4A Silverado on Thursday, Dec. 15 before the Christmas break.