Desert Dog Don Muepo #12 (Southern Alabama U.) reaches out for a finger roll during the matchup with Yakima Sunkings. Muepo scored 22 points in the Dogs 96-92 loss
photo by Lou Martin

The Mesquite Desert Dogs traveled to Yakima WA, to face the Sunkings in a rematch of their first series earlier this month. The Desert Dogs defeated the Sunkings 2-0 in that series but came up short, losing two games to last year’s champion. The Desert Dogs dropped the first game on Thursday January 18 by a score of 103-85. The Sunkings led from start to finish as the Dogs could not find their offence, trailing by a score of 78-56 after three periods. The Mesquite squad had no answer for sharp shooter Jackson Trapp who ripped the Dogs for 30 points including 8 of 9 from three point range. Leading the Desert Dogs was former Nevada forward Tyrone Criswell with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Saturday night’s second game of the series went to late in the fourth period before the hometown Sunkings pulled out a 96-92 win. The desert Dogs trailed early 32-22 but rallied at the end of the second period to fall behind by only two points at 44-42. The Dogs took a 70-60 lead late in the third period but Yakima rallied to cut the Dogs lead to 70-66 after three periods. The Dogs could not hold the lead despite excellent shooting from forward Don Muepo who ended the game with 22 points. Point guard Jonathon Lloyd also finished with 22 followed by Criswell with 19 points. The Desert Dogs return home to host San Diego on January 24, Raleigh (NC) on Jan. 26 and Jamestown (NY) on Sunday Jan.27. The first two games start at 7pm and the Sunday game begins at 3pm.