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Jacket streak ends with overtime thriller
Randy Peterson
Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE - Kane Daniels' three-point shot beat the game clock by about a second but when it slid through the net it ended nearly two months of frustration that saw the Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket basketball team break a losing streak of 11 games with a 72-71 victory over Calipatria in two overtimes Tuesday evening at the PVHS gym.

"The guys played with great energy," said Jacket coach, George Dagnino. "They were out of control a good portion of the time but they never gave up and good things happen when you maintain the energy."

The win improved the Jackets to 1-1 in Desert League play and was their first win of the campaign since they opened the season with a 68-23 rout of Desert Mirage back on Nov. 27.

Daniels had cut a Hornet three-point lead to one with a pair of free throws with just under 10 seconds to play and after Calipatria hit one of two free throws it set the stage for the winning three.

The sophomore point guard was good for 19 points on the night and shared team-scoring honors with Darien Herrera who was instrumental in bringing the Jackets back from an 11-point halftime deficit.

The senior forward drilled two of his three triples in the third period when the Jackets outscored the Hornets 17-6 to pull even after three quarters, then opened the final stanza with his third trey as the Jackets took the lead for the first time since the opening period.

The lead changed hands seven times over the final period and two overtimes as the Hornets forced the first extra period with a three-pointer at the end of regulation.

Phillip Bias was good for 12 points on the night despite being saddled with foul troubles. The senior forward was instrumental on the boards in the final minutes of the fourth quarter and early in the first overtime before fouling out.

Jon Whiting finished with 11 points, five of those coming in the overtime periods, while Joseph Diaz scored six points and Richard Henderson was good for five counters in the contest.

"It's good to get the monkey off our back," said Dagnino. "We played with a lot of heart tonight and we should be able to build on the victory for the rest of the season."

The Jackets will now hit the road as they travel to Brawley on Friday before returning to league play on Tuesday in Holtville.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: wow wow

It is amazing what a WIN will do for the program... no more haters!!! Good job jackets 3 game win streak keep it up against imperial!!

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Blythe Resident

It was fun to watch, good job Kane. Congratulations to the team as a whole. Proud of you guys. Continue to play as a team tonight with the energy you had Tues. and I think we can bring home another win..

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Feemster

That was a great game. When Kane's shot went in there was a moment in disbelief. It was a pleasure to witness. The free throw shooting has improved greatly. If it wasn't for that then the team would not have been in position to win te game with Kane's amazing shot. Good work.

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