Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 | 2:05 a.m.
A 16-point lead at the end of the first quarter was impressive Tuesday for the Silverado High boys basketball team. However, not blowing the advantage in the fourth quarter was more significant.
The Skyhawks closed the first quarter on an 18-2 run against Mojave at the Sierra Vista Invitational but had to hang on for a 61-49 victory.
Despite leading 22-6 after the initial eight minutes, Silverado still had its hands full late in the game in battling Mojave’s suffocating pressure defense.
Mojave trimmed its deficit to 37-31 by the end of the third quarter, but Silverado junior guard David Ware opened the fourth quarter with seven straight points, and Silverado led by double-digits the rest of the contest.
Considering Silverado has blown fourth-quarter leads three times in the initial month of the season, closing out a gritty Mojave squad was encouraging for first-year coach Martin Ferriter.
“We are working on better managing the game in the fourth quarter,” Ferriter said. “We are getting better, and at the end of the day, that is what matters the most.”
Ware drained a 3-pointer from the corner to open the fourth-quarter scoring to give Silverado the late boost it needed. Ware scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth.
“We relied on our tough play,” Ware said. “We put the ball in the hands of our playmakers and let them make plays.”
Bryan Marberry added 10 points for Silverado, which is 2-1 in the tournament. The Skyhawks opened Monday with a 71-55 victory against Lynwood of California, but lost 57-53 to Spring Valley late Tuesday.
“It was really good for us to play a tall and athletic team (such as Mojave) that made us play all 94 feet,” Ferriter said.
Mojave’s Andrew Lotts had a game-high 24 points, but it wasn’t enough as a short-handed Rattlers’ failed to rally.
Four Mojave players arrived after the first quarter, the result of players having to find their own transportation to the game. Mojave is located in North Las Vegas, about a 40-minute drive away from Sierra Vista in the Southwest.
Mojave (2-8 overall) coach Deumaine Reeder isn’t concerned with his team’s record in the tournament. Like most squads in the event, they are using the competition to prepare for league play.
“We are looking for guys who can play in our system,” Reeder said. “We need to start getting to the point where we are playing as a team.”
Mojave High School is Rattler Nation, but really it’s home to underdogs.
Minutes from the Nellis Air Force Base the school is nestled near Commerce Street and West Ann Road, an area littered with foreclosed homes.
The school is attended by many students who are underprivileged or at-risk. After Mojave failed to meet No Child Left Behind standards it became one of five Clark County Schools determined to do a 180.
In order to make the turnaround a reality, Mojave has implemented new faculty, extended the school day by 20 minutes and is geared towards boosting school spirit.
“The problem we have right now is that our children aren’t proud of their own school,” Mojave principal Antonio Rael explained an August interview. “When our children begin to take pride in our school, our community will follow.”
- Year built:
- Rattle Snake
- Principal (Year Hired):
- Antonio Rael (2001)
- School motto:
- “Promoting Achievement, Creating Success”
- Mission Statement:
- “The Mission of the Mojave High School Community is to provide a safe learning environment that will empower students to develop excellence, pride, respect, and skills necessary for future success.”
- Approximately 2,000
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert