PHS boys basketball

Parker’s Jason Rodriguez (5) goes up for a shot against the River Valley Dust Devils Wednesday, Feb. 3 in Parker. Looking for a possible rebound is Trevor Elliot (23). The Dust Devils would go on to win, 76-64.

The Broncs boys’ basketball team fell behind early to the River Valley Dust Devils Wednesday Feb. 3 in Parker, but they came back and managed to turn it into a competitive game. In the end, it wasn’t enough as the Dust Devils handed the Broncs their seventh loss of the season and came away with a 76-64 win.

The Dust Devils jumped out to a quick lead. By midway in the first quarter, they led, 12-4. By the end of the quarter, they had a big 28-12 lead. Two minutes into the second quarter, they led by 20, 34-14.

“We couldn’t get anything going in the first quarter,” said Broncs’ Coach Rolland Hansen.

The Broncs began to come back in the second quarter, and had cut the Dust Devils lead to 46-31 at halftime.

In the second half, the Broncs kept inching close to the Dust Devils. With 1:47 left in the third quarter, they closed the gap to nine points, 52-43, on a layup from Eric Poolaw.

The Broncs closed the gap to seven points twice in the third quarter. The first was at 6:53, when a three-pointer from Jason Rodriguez made it River Valley 59, Parker 52. At 4:25, Poolaw hit a free throw to make it Dust Devils 63, Broncs 56.

At that point, the Dust Devils took things up a notch and pushed ahead to win it, 76-64.

Leo Scott Jr. led Parker with 22 points. Jason Rodriguez had 16, Eric Poolaw had 9, and Jonathan Hernandez added 8. Scott, Rodriguez and Hernandez each had two three-pointers.

River Valley’s top scorer was Andrew Rodriguez with 19 points. He was one of four Dust Devils in double figures for points. The others were Amaro Contrares (18), Ezquiel Perez (12) and Trever Walker (11).

Hansen praised Scott, Rodriguez and Poolaw for how they played. He also said the Broncs played very well after the first quarter.

“We won the second, third and fourth quarters,” he said. “They didn’t get fazed, they kept right on playing.”

On Wednesday night, Feb. 2, the Broncs were on the road and lost a very close one to the Tonopah Valley Phoenix, 47-45. Scott was again Parker’s top scorer with 18 points. Rodriguez had 11, and Carrillo added 6.

“The losses keep piling up, but we’re competitive,” Hansen said.

The Broncs are now 0-3 against their 3A West rivals, 1-3 against other 3A teams, and 1-7 overall. They’ll be in action again Friday night, Feb. 5, when they face the Camp Verde Cowboys in non-region game. The Cowboys are coming of a 65-21 win over Chino Valley Wednesday night, Feb. 3.

Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Arizona Interscholastic Association has restricted attendance at these games. No more than two parents or guardians may attend per student-athlete, and only on their home court or field. Face masks are required, and social distancing rules will be enforced.

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