LAUGHLIN — Laughlin High School witnessed Calvary Chapel Christian High School’s deep three-ball threat in the 82-54 loss on Feb. 8.
Calvary made 60 points from three-pointers alone, the bulk coming from sophomore Chris Yoo, who made eight on the night. He led all scorers with 28 points.
The loss ends the Cougars’ season at 4-13 overall and 1-13 in Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 2A Southern League. It’s an improvement after going 0-19 last year.
“We played hard and did some good stuff,” Laughlin head coach Gary Reese said. “The kids gave me everything they had.”
Junior forward Tyrell Gonzalez led Laughlin with 18 points, with most of his points coming from inside the paint. Junior guard Diego Trujillo had 14.
The scoring started quickly as in less than eight seconds Calvary made the first bucket of the game off a layup. In the first two quarters, both teams continued to feel each other out.
After two quarters it was 37-27 in Calvary Chapel’s favor.
Calvary’s range was finally dialed in during the third quarter, as the Lions put up 31 points, 21 of which came on seven made 3-pointers.
It was the turning point of the game.
Nonetheless, Laughlin continued to play hard and kept going inside for points.
The Cougars cashed out 16 points in third, which flustered some of Calvary’s players who continued to commit fouls, sometimes to the point of frustration.
Still, the Lions kept building onto their lead, thanks to the 3-point barrage.
Laughlin was down 68-43 going into the fourth quarter.
Reese said he knew the outcome had been decided, so he chose to give his seniors and upcoming younger players some final court time in the fourth quarter, the last quarter of the Cougars’ season.
“At the end, I got to see what my team looks like for next year,” he said. “We saw some great things out there.”
Reese said he looks forward to the upcoming offseason and can’t wait to see his guys compete again next year.