The Parker Broncs boys’ basketball team lost three games last week, but they showed decided improvement over the week before. This was particularly so in their 59-41 loss to the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks at home on Feb. 12. The Broncs kept this one close until well into the second half.
The Shamrocks are in first place in the 3A West region while the Broncs are in fourth. In their previous meeting Jan. 26, the Shamrocks won in a rout, 80-46.
Parker High Athletic Director Dan Maya remarked the Broncs played well against the Shamrocks despite having two starters out with injuries and several freshmen in the lineup.
The Broncs kept it close in the first half, not letting the Shamrocks pull away. At the end of the first quarter, it was Shamrocks 14, Parker 10. With 30 seconds left in the first half, the Broncs narrowed the lead to 2 points, 25-23. The Shamrocks made a free throw to have a 26-23 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Shamrocks appeared to be pulling away when the Broncs narrowed the lead to 4 points again, 29-25, with 5:45 left in the quarter. Yuma Catholic built up an 11-point lead, which Jason Rodriguez cut to 9 points, 41-32, when he hit a two-pointer at the buzzer.
The final quarter saw the Shamrocks finally pull away for good, and they won it, 59-41.
For Parker, Rodriguez was the top scorer with 15 points. Eric Poolaw had 10. Jonathan Hernandez added 9, all on three-pointers. Jesse Carrillo had 4, and Zachary Bennett had 3.
For Yuma Catholic, Will Hunt and Juan Delgado each had 12 points.
Parker Coach Rolland Hansen said this game, and the other games the Broncs played in the week, put them in position to do well for their remaining games this season.
“We played hard,” he said. “The guys never gave up. I’m happy with how they played.”
The Broncs lost to the Mohave Accelerated Patriots, 59-45, Feb. 8 on the road, and then lost a heartbreaker to the Kingman Academy Tigers Feb. 11, 68-65. The game was in a tie at the end of regulation time, and the Broncs lost in overtime.
Against Mohave Accelerated, Jesse Carrillo had 10 points, Trevor Elliot had 9, and Eric Poolaw had 8.
In the Kingman Academy game, Rodriguez had 19 points. Poolaw had 15 and Hernandez had 8, including a pair of three-pointers.
As of Feb. 14, the Broncs are 0-4 in the 3A West, 1-5 against other 3A teams, and 1-11 overall. They are in fourth place in the 3A West, ahead of only the Kingman Bulldogs.
The Broncs have two games this week. They’ll face the Wickenburg Wranglers Tuesday, Feb. 16 on the road. They’ll be back at home Friday, Feb. 19 when they face the Tonopah Valley Phoenix at 7 p.m.
Here are the standings for the AIA 3A West region. Teams are listed by record in second, record against 3A schools, and overall record.
Yuma Catholic Shamrocks: 5-0, 5-1, 6-3
Tonopah Valley Phoenix: 3-1, 4-3, 4-4
Wickenburg Wranglers: 2-3, 3-8, 4-8
PARKER BRONCS: 0-4, 1-5, 1-11
Kingman Bulldogs: 0-2, 0-2, 0-5