Mesquite Desert Dogs co-owners Kelley Doyle and Coach Carinal Wiley announced for the second year in a row the final league games of The Basketball League have been canceled for what-ever reason! The good news is that those teams which were in the 1-4 position have qualified for this year’s playoffs. The Desert Dogs will face first place Yakima on April 18 at 7pm in the VVHS gym. Instead of finishing at home on the 18 and 19th, the Dogs will travel to Yakima for games two and three of the first round. The Sunkings finished the regular season 21-6 well the Dogs finished 15-9 and are favorites to win it all. Tyrone Criswell led the Dogs in most categories finishing with a 21 point-per-game average, plus 9.84 rebounds per game. Forward Brandon Mitchell leads the league in block shots and despite moving up to the Canadian Basketball League, Jonathon Loyd led the league in assists. The Kansas City Tornados will face either the Albany Patroons or Raleigh Firebirds in the other first round games.
The bad news, will this be the last season for professional basketball in Mesquite? The season ended with 7 games remaining on their schedule with the majority on the road including an expensive trip back east. Whatever happens to our hometown Dogs, this could be your last chance to come out and root for the home team. No schedules have been announced beyond the next three games.