The Parker Broncs’ boys’ varsity basketball team had a split week. They won big over a 2A West region rival, the Heritage Academy Heroes of Laveen, 88-29, Tuesday, Jan. 28 in Laveen. They then lost a close non-conference game to the Needles Mustangs, 69-67, Thursday, Jan. 30 in Needles.
The Needles game had a similar outcome to the Parker-Needles game played Dec. 16 in Parker. The Mustangs won that one as well, and also by two points, 62-60.
Coach Rolland Hansen said the Broncs were leading by seven points as they went into the final quarter, the Mustangs out-shot the Broncs to take the win.
“They just shoot so well,” Hansen said of the Mustangs. “They’re 18-3 and they’re a good team.”
Leo Scott Jr. had a good night against the Mustangs in Needles. He led the Broncs with 29 points and also had 14 rebounds for a “double double.” A sophomore, he’s the Broncs leading scorer this season.
Hansen said the entire team played well despite the loss to Needles. He said they need to learn to get over what he called “the hump.”
The Broncs are now 2-3 against their 2A West opponents and are in fourth place in the region. They’re 5-4 against other 2A teams and 7-8 overall. They’re ranked 24th in the state in Arizona Interscholastic Association power points.
They still have a shot at the post-season. If they maintain or improve on their 24th place in the state rankings, they’ll qualify for a state tournament “play-in” game. The No. 24 team will face the No. 9 team at the higher seed’s home court. As of Feb. 2, the No. 9 team was the Chandler Prep Titans.
The 2019-20 regular season will soon be over. The Broncs have two games this week. On Wednesday, Feb. 5, they’ll play the Tonopah Valley Phoenix at home. Game time is 7 p.m. At their last meeting Jan. 17 in Tonopah, the Broncs lost, 54-44.
On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Broncs will be on the road when they face the Arizona Lutheran Academy Coyotes. At their last meeting Jan. 21, the Broncs were on the short end of a 61-53 score.
Both Trivium Prep and Arizona Lutheran are ahead of Parker in the 2A West standings.
The Broncs will close out the regular season Tuesday, with a home game against the top school in the 2A West, the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights. In their last meeting Jan. 24 at Trivium, the Crimson Knights skewered the Broncs, 74-38.
This will also be Senior Night. Game time is 7 p.m.