Needles’ boys improve dramatically against The Meadows
LAS VEGAS — The Mustangs may be reaching their peak at just the right time in the NIAA 2A South. Still one spot out of playoff contention, the boys showed a 13-point improvement in a 45-40 loss of the season’s second game with The Meadows on Jan. 19.
They were to host Lake Mead Jan. 22; the non-conference Parker Broncos Jan. 25; then face NIAA foes Mountain View Jan. 29, Lincoln County Feb. 1 and Adelson Feb. 5 before returning to The Corral for the regular season’s final game with Calvary Chapel on Feb. 7.
Dawsen Yeager led Needles’ scoring with 11 against The Meadows; Doogie Harvey posted 10, Tyler Thomas eight.
The Las Vegas boys were obviously concentrating defensive efforts on Nathan Parker, but he still managed to get a pair of three-pointers past them.
Fouls were dismal: Needles went 0-for-7 from the free throw line while sending The Meadows to the line 34 times where they made good on 19.
The Meadows pulled steadily way by each quarter’s end: up 10-8 after one, 22-19 at the half and 32-28 after three quarters. Not so much, though, in the middle of the periods. Said Coach Paul Duchaineau: “The scores didn’t reflect the game. It was an up and down game.
“We played much better tonight,” he continued. “The kids played hard and played really good defense.”