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11/29/2012 5:00:00 PM
Basketball season opens for Jackets
Boys win while girls fall
Times photo/JACLYN RANDALLRobert Bowen gets ready for a fast break during the 68-23 thumping the Palo Verde High School varsity boys basketball team handed to Thermal, Calif.ís Desert Mirage High on Tuesday night.
Times photo/JACLYN RANDALL

Robert Bowen gets ready for a fast break during the 68-23 thumping the Palo Verde High School varsity boys basketball team handed to Thermal, Calif.ís Desert Mirage High on Tuesday night.
Randy Peterson
Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE - The Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket boys' and girls' basketball teams opened their 2012-2013 seasons Tuesday evening, when they hosted Desert Mirage High School of Thermal. While the Jacket boys had little trouble in subduing their Ram counterparts as they rolled to a 68-23 thumping, the Lady Jackets had their problems with the Lady Rams and ended up on the short end of a 41-38 count.

George Dagnino is in his first season coaching the varsity Jackets while Tim Cox is in his second season at the helm of the Lady Jackets.

The Jacket boys never trailed in their contest as they outscored the Rams 20-8 in the opening quarter and led by a 40-15 count at the intermission.

The Jackets managed only nine points in the third period but got back to the scoring ways in the final stanza as they enjoyed a 19-5 scoring-edge in the period despite that most of the quarter had a running clock due to the CIF mercy rule.

Phillip Bias led a trio of Jackets in double figures on the night as he accounted for 13 of a game high 16 points in the opening half. Richard Henderson scored 11 of his 12 points in the first half as well, while Kane Daniels accounted for 11 Jacket points, including seven counters in the fourth quarter.

Ten different Jackets scored in the game. Jon Whiting accounted for eight points while Joseph Diaz and Deaunte Munson each scored six points. Dorian Herrera managed three points as Guillermo Medina, KJ Bryant and Robert Bowen were each good for two counters.

The Lady Jackets trailed 10-8 after the opening period and after pulling even at 14-14 midway through the second quarter, saw Desert Mirage go on a 9-1 scoring run to take a 23-15 lead to the intermission.

Palo Verde shaved six points off that margin with a 9-3 scoring edge in the third quarter. The Lady Jackets got all the way back after pulling even at 33-33 with three and a half minutes to play in the contest and took a 35-33 lead with 3:03 on the clock.

Desert Mirage regained the lead with a three-point basket on their next possession and the Jackets failed to find their way back to the top the rest of the way despite having several chances in the final couple of minutes in the three-point loss.

Kennedy Cox led the Jacket scoring with 17 points while Luisa Gonzalez also managed double figures with 10 points. Destiny Rivera was good for four points while Ty Johnson scored three and Arlena Felix and Haley Martin were each good for a pair of counters.

The Jacket boys were back in action on Thursday when they hosted Madison High School of San Diego as part of an early season tournament and will host Cathedral City tonight while the Lady Jackets are participating in the River Valley Tournament in Mohave, Ariz. today and tomorrow.




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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: P.V. Fan Alumni

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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: @Former PV Athlete

You hit the nail on the head on this one. I was also a former Athlete also we use to do it up of course we didnt always win but one thing we always left a game feeling is PRIDE ! Seems somewhere down the road PV lost that? (deleted) Its just to bad for our kids now, they have to step threw the mess. PVUSD Board Members WAKE UP get these kids what they deserve!

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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: Former PV Athlete

Back in the day we played in the Desert Valley League (D.V.L.) This league included Indio, Coachella, Calexico, and El Centro before they split into other powerhouse schools in their areas. We might not of won any championships, but we respectively hung in there with them each year. We gave them a good run for their money. Today, we play in a lower division and can't even beat Parker, Holtville, Calapatria, etc...Sad, sad, sad. (deleted) Until PVUSD cares about the winning ways, it will never be the same again. (deleted)

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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Embarrassed with PV Athletics

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Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Wishful thinking

All we can do is just keep our fingers crossed that change is in the future for PV Athletics and most important cheer the kids on! Maybe oneday PVUSD will figure it out!

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: @PV Fan

Its just to bad it isnt gonna change, this school district isnt paying attention! (deleted) Maybe PVUSD will do the smart thing and recruit? Wishful thinking anyway.

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Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: PV FAN/2games blown out

NO DEFENSE (deleted)... RECRUIT SOME COACHES. YOU CANT JUST RUN AND GUN OFFENSE IT WONT WORK. THESE KIDS DESERVE MORE. QUIT BEING STUBBORN !!!!!

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