The Mineral County High boys basketball team brought home a pair of big wins last week, easily overcoming Pyramid Lake at home, and struggling to a victory in Coleville to improve to 4-0 in conference, and maintain its title as the only undefeated team in the league.
The Serpents defeated the Lakers 55-29 on Jan. 7, and the Wolves 58-54 on Jan. 10.
Mineral County came out strong against Coleville and was up by 8, but the Wolves battled back and tied the score. The Serpents struck again, were up by 8 once more, but a 2-minute run by Coleville saw it up by one at halftime.
“The level was almost like a playoff game level,” said Pete Summerbell, Serpents coach. “The spirits were high, we had a lot of people from Hawthorne come out […]. It was an intense, very emotional game, very physical game.”
The game was so hotly contested three of the Serpents’ starters were forced to sit down in the fourth quarter because of fouls, which “really answered some questions” about how the team would handle adversity, Summerbell said.
“Our bench came through really well in tough situations,” Summerbell said. “And the chemistry we’ve kind of been looking for—its funny, sometimes it takes a game like that to kind of bring it out. And it was there because they survived some very adverse conditions and still came out on top.”
Victor Williams lead scoring with 20 points; Tyshawn Bonner had 14 and Brady Cardenas added 10. Jared Keuhey, Cardenas and Williams lead the team in pulling down rebounds, and Collin Sanford and Jon Cromer lead the Serpents’ defensive efforts.
“On our team, no matter who I start I feel like I have seven starters,” Summerbell said. “It’s kind of a luxury, I’m able to switch the starting lineup, which I think its going to give us the best result, and the guys coming off the bench are giving us the best result.”
But, Summerbell emphasized, the most important outcome of the game was the team’s bonding through adversity.
“It takes a game like that, sometimes, to really see where you’re at,” he said.
Before traveling to Coleville the Serpents took on the Lakers at home.
Consistency was one of the keys to the Serpents’ victory, Summerbell said. The offense never went quiet, and the defense stood strong.
“It was an excellent win,” Summerbell said of the game against Pyramid Lake. “They’re kind of an up and down team but obviously they’re capable, they just knocked off Whittell here this last week.”
Williams once again lead Serpents’ scoring with 13 points. He was followed by Sanford and Cromer who had 12 each and Brady Cardenas who had 7.
Keuhy joined Williams and Cromer as the team’s leading rebounders.
The Serpents will next take to the court against the Whittell Warriors, one of their conference rivals, on Friday.
“Our team seems to be there are six teams that are pretty competitive,” Summerbell said. “[…]We’re in a great position, now we’ve just got to take care of business.”