The Mesquite Desert Dogs enjoyed home cooking this past week as they went 3-0 for the week moving their home wins to 5-0. Their two losses were on the road at Yakima. After defeating San Diego on Wednesday January 23, the Dogs blew out the Raleigh Firebirds 128-117 and The Jamestown (NY) Jackals 138-113. The big three, Don Muepo, Brandon Mitchell and Tyrone Criswell continued to impress early in the season. Crowd pleaser Jonathon Lloyd proves there’s still room for the small man in basketball.
Lloyd had a triple double, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 18 points over the Firebirds on Saturday evening. When Lloyd is not on the court, reserve Jamal Peterson steps in adding another 18 points from the point guard position. Criswell led all scorers with 22 points, 10 rebounds followed by Mitchell with 21 points and Muepo with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The final score does not show the complete dominance by the Dogs as they led 117-83 early in the fourth period.
The Dogs followed up Saturday’s win with a 136-113 defeat over the Jamestown (NY) Jackals. The Jackals led once 5-2 in the game before the Desert Dogs intense defensive pressure resulted in a 16-0 run giving the Dogs an 18-5 advantage which they would never relinquish. The Dogs led 31-23 after one period and 63-46 after one half of play. Leading the way for the Dogs were Mitchell, Criswell and Muepo with 16, 15, and 14 first half points respectively. Every attempt by the Firebirds to close the gap was met by defensive pressure which resulted in steals and layups by the Dogs. Criswell had a monster night with 37 points and 10 rebounds. Muepo added 24 points before fouling out in the fourth period and Mitchell added 22 points. Peterson kept the Jackals at bay with all his 18 points in the fourth period. “With a little more work, we can turn into a real good team,” said Criswell a former University of Nevada player.” When I get the space I can play well at this level. We do need more fans to show up though.” The Dogs will take their 5-2 record against the San Diego Wave on Wed. night Jan.30 at the VVHS gym before embarking on a five game road trip. The Desert Dogs return to play at home on Feb. 13.