BOYS BASKETBALL: Havasu dusts River Valley

November 28, 2018

The Lake Havasu boys held River Valley scoreless for nearly 12 1/2 minutes, ripping off a 25-0 run to bowl over the Dust Devils 65-30 in a nonconference slate on Monday in the home opener at Lake Havasu High.

“Our focus this year is going to be on our defense,” Knights coach Ted Darnell said. “I saw a lot of good things. We had a lot of deflections, a lot of steals, we were up on people when they had the ball, not a lot of uncontested shots. Overall it was a good team effort.”

The Knights (2-0) dominated from the tip, scoring the game’s first 14 points before River Valley’s Andrew Rodriguez finally layed in a bucket with 2:04 left in the first quarter to end the shutout.

Rodriguez hit 3-pointers on the next two trips down the floor to cut the Havasu lead to 14-8, and after a buzzer-beating 3 banked in at the close of the quarter the Dust Devils trailed just 17-11.

That was the last time River Valley would score until 3:31 was remaining in the third quarter, Havasu locking down the entire second quarter and most of the start to the half.

Knights senior Noah Boyd and junior Andrew Ortega would fill up the stat sheet in that time, Ortega scoring eight points and Boyd seven during the stretch.

Havasu led by as much as 39 points in the second half, inserting its bench players at the start of the fourth quarter.

Boyd had a game-high 17 points and Ortega had 13 points in the win. Cole Wade had seven points and a team-high seven rebounds for Havasu.

Naythan Vargas led River Valley with 12 points.

“The effort was there, the kids played hard. Our defense is coming together,” Darnell said.

The Knights are in Yuma on Thursday for the Southwest Rotary Classic tournament.

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