Johnathon Lloyd #1 sets up a teammate during a recent Desert Dog game,
Photo by Lou Martin

The Nevada Desert Dogs still cling to hopes for a playoff position as they defeated the Kentucky Thoroughbreds 116-103 on April 12 at the Rising Star Sports Ranch. Wednesday’s first game of the series was canceled due to travel problems in Kentucky. The Dogs trailed big after one period of play as the hot shooting Kentuckians led 34-17. The Dogs could not mount an offense early in the game. Spurred on by their loyal fans, the Dogs came to life in the second period led by diminutive point guard Johnathon Lloyd with 17 points, but still trailed 61-50 at the break. The Dogs, defense, exerted themselves in the second half, as the offense found their shooting touch. Nevada’s Terrell Evans led the comeback with 10 points followed by Lloyd with six points. The Dogs held the Thoroughbreds to 21 points in the period to take an 84-82 lead into the final period. Desert Dog reserve Jamal Peterson began the last period with three three-balls, five overall for the game, to lead the Dogs to a 116-103 victory. It was the largest comeback for Nevada this season despite trailing by 21 points after one period of play. Leading the way for the Dogs were Lloyd with 27 points followed by Peterson with 21 points and Evans with 21. The Dogs finished with 14 three-balls for the game. Kentucky’s Demarcus Robinson led all scorers with 34 points. With two weeks remaining in the season, the Desert Dogs need help catching Kansas City and Kentucky for the last playoff spot. The Dogs host Vancouver on Friday and Saturday nights April 20 and 21. The games will be held at the new VVHS gym. They then travel to Kansas to face the Tornados on April 23 and 25.