After completing the first trade in the history of the North American Premier Basketball League, the Nevada Desert Dogs went out at beat the Yakima SunKings 112-108 for their first win of the young season. The Desert Dogs acquired point guard Anthony Gaines Jr. from the Vancouver Knights on Saturday Jan.20 and added Jelan Kendrick former UNLV player to the roster, both contributed greatly in the Dogs first win with Gaines scoring 22 points and Kendrick going for 18 points. Kendrick was brought to the attention of Desert Dog coach Paul Mokeski, by a former player in Atlanta, Mokeski signed him on immediately. Those of you, who attended the Desert Dogs first game of the season, were privileged to see Gaines score 30 points in the Knights win over the Nevada squad. The Dogs had to settle down to hold off the charging SunKings in the last minute of the game. The Desert Dogs playing their best game of the season held a 92-67 lead to begin the last period. It was almost not enough as the SunKings outscored the Desert Dogs 41-20 to make a blowout a squeaker. Dominic Schuler led the Dogs with 9 rebounds and Anthony Strickland and Leon Sutton had five assists. “I like the way we came out ready to go,” said coach Mokeski. “We were very up-tempo. We came out with a great pace, and played well on defense. We did go back to our bad habits when we had a huge lead. We cannot let a good team like that come back. This was a great, first team win, and all of our players contributed.” The Dogs continue their first road trip at Vancouver on Jan.28 and 29. Their next home game will be on Feb. 16 and 17 against the Rochester (NY) RazorSharks.
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