Pershing County’s Dalton McNeff shoots against Coral Academy of Science at PCHS on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Pershing County’s Dalton McNeff shoots against Coral Academy of Science at PCHS on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
The PCHS boys basketball team got a workout this past week. 
On Tuesday, Feb. 4, they lost its senior night game to Coral Academy 54-31. On Thursday, Pershing County beat the visiting Carlin Railroaders 41-24.
Pershing County’s week ended on the road with a 48-20 loss against Yerington.

Senior night sizzles
Sam Gonzalez, the team’s sole graduating senior, broke two records on senior night. 
He shot a career-high 16 points against the Falcons. It was the highest single-game total of the season for the Mustangs.
Pershing County had only six players to send into the battle against Coral Academy of Science, Reno. Even so, midway through the third quarter the Mustangs cut Coral’s lead to six points. 
Unfortunately, Lovelock ran into foul trouble after two players fouled out in consecutive possessions.
“We continued to fight and compete as best we could, but playing with only four guys is tough,” said Coach Ben Halverson. “All in all, we gave them what we had and I was incredibly proud.”

Mustangs derail 
On Thursday, the boys basketball team hosted Carlin.
Once again, Gonzalez led the scoring, chipping in ten points. 
The Mustangs capitalized on their work ethic, and it paid off.
“We’ve got to be the team that shows up and works hard, hoping to create opportunities to seize,” said the coach. “In this game, we did it well enough to win.”
“The result was deserved, not only for what we did against Carlin, but for all the hard work along the way.”

PCHS falls 
to Yerington
The week ended on the road against Yerington.
“For the first four minutes, I was satisfied with our effort even though we were losing 4-0,” said the coach. “It looked like all we needed a couple of friendly roles or breaks to be right in the game.”
In the second half, Pershing started scoring the ball. However, by then, they’d suffered a loss of defensive power. Defense is the Mustang’s strong suit.
“I felt like discouragement set in with our guys,” said the coach.
The coach hopes that the Mustangs regain their defensive vigor. 
“We’ve spent most of the season as a team that competes their butts off on defense,” said the coach. “That’s how I hope we finish.”

JV boys beat Carlin; fall to Coral,
The Pershing County JV played the hottest game of senior night. Ultimately, the Mustangs lost in overtime 52-44, but the score tied up several times throughout the competition.
With 40 seconds left on the clock, Coral sank a 3-pointer to tie the score. In overtime, the Mustangs ran into foul trouble and were unable to make up the deficit.
Ashton Nolf led the scoring with 21 points.
“Win or lose, games like this are fun to coach and watch as a fan,” said coach Jesse Canchola. “Community and student support were amazing, and loud. They made it a great atmosphere for the kids.”
On Thursday, Pershing County  had its first win at home by beating Carlin. Once again, Nolf led the scoring with 16 points. 
On Saturday, the JV played a rematch against a team that beat them by 46 points earlier in the season – Yerington.
This time, the Mustangs kept the score close for much of the game. However, missed free throws and turnovers created opportunities for the Lions.
“We lost by half the points we did the first time,” said Canchola.
Jordan Gentry led the scoring with 16 points. 
The Mustangs’ 2019-20 season ends with two road games. 
They’ll play White Pine on Friday, Feb. 14, and West Wendover on Saturday, Feb. 15.