It was another rough week for the Parker Broncs boys’ basketball team. They lost a close one to Wickenburg Feb. 16, 66-60. They then fell to the Tonopah Valley Phoenix, 62-50, Feb. 19. They showed some real resiliency in the Tonopah Valley game. They were down by over 20 points coming into the fourth quarter, but they managed to narrow that considerably by the end.
The game started with the Phoenix started off evenly, with the Broncs down 9-6 after the first quarter. Parker’s points came on a pair of three-pointers from Jonathan Hernandez.
It was in the second quarter that the Phoenix nearly turned the game into a blow-out. The Broncs committed a series of turnovers, which Tonopah Valley’s Trent Larson repeatedly turned into lay-ups. He would score 10 points in the quarter as the Phoenix surged ahead to a 33-15 lead. Of Parker’s 15 points at half-time, 12 were on three-pointers from Hernandez.
“It was the second quarter that killed us,” Broncs’ Coach Rolland Hansen said.
The Broncs looked better in the second half, and they keep up with the Phoenix for the most part in the third quarter. Coming into the fourth quarter, the Broncs were down, 53-31. At one point in the fourth quarter, however, they closed the gap to nine points, 59-50. They outscored Tonopah Valley in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. The final was Tonopah Valley 62, Parker 50.
Jason Rodriguez, one of only two seniors on the Broncs’ roster, scored 20 points. Hernandez had 15 points on five three-pointers.
“He’s become our guy for three-pointers,” Hansen said.
Trevor Elliot had 6 points, Zachary Bennett had 5, and Elijah Fisher had 4.
Hansen noted most of his players are freshmen and sophomores.
“This is really a JV team,” he said. “We’re playing a bunch of 14-year-olds out there. They didn’t give up. We had a good second half. They’re doing okay.”
Earlier in the week, on Feb. 16, the Broncs lost to Wickenburg, 66-60. Elliot led Parker with 15 points. Rodriguez had 14, Fisher had 12, and Bennett had 8.
The Broncs are now 0-6 in the 3A West, 1-7 against 3A teams and 1-13 overall. They have two games this week, both on the road. They’ll play Camp Verde Feb. 23 and Kingman Feb. 16. Their next home game will be their final home game of the year, March 2, and it will be against the Kingman Bulldogs. Game time is 7 p.m.
Here are the standings in the 3A West as of Feb. 20. Teams are listed by their records in the region, records against 3A teams, and overall record.
Yuma Catholic: 5-0, 5-1, 6-4
Tonopah Valley: 4-1, 6-4, 6-5
Wickenburg: 4-3, 5-8, 7-8
PARKER: 0-6, 0-7, 1-13; in fourth due to No. 35 ranking in state
Kingman: 0-3, 0-4, 0-7; in fifth due to No. 36 ranking in state