By Eric Dahlberg, MCIN Staff
The season came to a crushing end for the Mineral County High boys’ basketball team last Thursday in Reno, but they didn’t go down without a fight.
After trailing 31-16 at half in their regional quarterfinal playoff game against number one seeded Owyhee, the Serpents’ offense woke up. They went on to score 41 second half points against the Braves, but came up just short of pulling the comeback upset and lost 61-57.
“We were getting some good shots on the inside against their defense in the first half, but the ball just wouldn’t go through the net,” said Mineral County coach Pete Summerbell. “Our boys gave their best effort of the year in the fourth quarter when they scored 26 points. It was a tremendous comeback, but we just fell a little short.”
Victor Williams led Mineral County in the upset bid with 17 points, while Tyshawn Bonner poured in 15. Jon Cromer and Collin Sanford each finished with 11 points. Summerbell added that senior Jared Keuhey, Williams and Cromer kept their team in it by doing a great job of rebounding the ball all game.
The loss ends the season for the boys, but the team has plenty to be proud of. Despite finishing with an overall record of 12-14, the Serpents peaked at the right time and played their best ball in conference play where they finished with a 9-5 record.
Although disappointed with the end, Summerbell is happy with his team and its effort in the playoffs.
“It was a game that I don’t think we lost, we just ran out of time,” he said. “Again, it was an outstanding effort and proved once again that our boys never quit.”
“The coaching staff and the boys would like to thank the community, parents, the school (pep bus), and friends for all their support. A special thanks to the elementary administration, the teachers, the aides, and the students who gave the team the best sendoff ever with their cheering and signs wishing the team good luck. It’s a memory the boys and girls teams and the coaches will never forget. In fact, I hope it’s a start of a great tradition.”
Owyhee went on to lose in the semi-finals 59-45 to eventual zone champion Virginia City.