PHS boys b-ball

Parker’s Zach Bennett (1) gets off a pass to Leo Scott Jr. (4) in the Broncs’ 67-54 win over the River Valley Dust Devils Jan. 4 in Parker.

The Parker Broncs boys’ basketball team came back from the winter break with a 67-54 win over the River Valley Dust Devils Jan. 4 in Parker. However, they had to overcome an early 12-point deficit to do it.

When the game started, both teams looked sloppy. The Broncs were missing their shots, not getting the offensive rebounds, and were turning the ball over. The Dust Devils were getting into foul trouble from almost the start of the game. The Broncs didn’t score until 3:30 left in the first quarter, when Trevor Elliot made a lay-up and then made a free-throw after he was fouled on the play. At the end of the first quarter, the Dust Devils led, 19-7.

Starting in the second quarter, the Broncs began overcoming their early problems, while the Dust Devils had problems with fouls all night. Leo Scott Jr. would hit seven free throws in the second quarter. By half-time, the Dust Devils lead had been cut to 24-21.

The Broncs kept up the pressure and were ahead, 44-42, at the end of the third quarter. They didn’t let up in the fourth quarter and went out to take a 67-54 win.

Parker Coach Rolland Hansen said he was pleased with how the boys overcame a 12-point deficit to win the game.

Leo Scott Jr. led Parker with 18 points, including making 9 of 11 free throws. Trevor Elliot and Alex Welsh each had 11, Joel Sanchez scored 10, and Jesse Carrillo had 9.

“We were sluggish coming out, but we played smart,” Hansen said. “River Valley is a strong team, stronger than you’d think.”

Hansen said the Broncs had three strong quarters, but they need to put together four strong quarters.

The Broncs closed out the week with 80-64 loss to 3A West region rival and a perennial powerhouse, the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks. The Shamrocks remain undefeated on the season.

The Broncs are now 0-1 against their 3A West rivals, 0-3 against 3A teams, and 4-4 overall. They’re in third place in the 3A West.

The Broncs had two road games scheduled for this week, but they were both cancelled. PHS Athletic Director Dan Maya said there had been a “significant outbreak” of the coronavirus in both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, and the basketball program has been shut down for eight days. He said they hope to be ready to go again on Jan. 17. The games at Scottsdale Christian Jan. 11 and Veritas Prep Jan. 14 have been cancelled.

They’ll play the Odyssey Institute Minotaurs on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Odyssey.

Their next home game will be Thursday, Jan. 20, when they play the Tonopah Valley Phoenix. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m., but will depend on when the girls’ game that precedes it is completed.

Here are the standings of the 3A West as of Jan. 10. Teams are listed by record in the region, record against all 3A teams, and overall record:

Yuma Catholic:  1-0, 3-0, 7-0

Tonopah Valley:  1-0, 2-3, 3-5

PARKER:  0-1, 0-3, 4-4

Odyssey Institute:  0-1, 0-7, 0-7

Kingman:  0-0, 0-2, 1-7

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