12/20/2012 6:01:00 AM Kingman High snaps losing skid with win over Havasu
Kingman High’s Rod Gilleo dives for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of the Bulldogs’ 55-40 win over Lake Havasu Tuesday night. Gilleo ended the game with six points and eight rebounds.
The Kingman High boys basketball team returned home Tuesday night against Lake Havasu looking to snap a two-game skid.
Led by Nick Dellacioppa's 17 points and Jerron Anthony's double double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, the Bulldogs did just that with a 55-40 win.
"It was a good win tonight for us. We needed a good solid win and I think we got that," said KHS coach Ron Anthony.
Kingman took a 17-8 lead after the first quarter and led 29-15 at halftime before going up 44-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
Tuesday's win also closed out the first half of the season, a season that sees KHS sitting at 4-7. Despite the record, Anthony is pleased with his team's performance and is optimistic about the second half.
"We are still working on some things," Anthony said. "Am I happy with where we are at? No. There are a couple of games that I thought we should've won that we didn't. I think we should be about .500 right about now. But we've played some really good Phoenix schools."
One of those schools KHS recently played was Avondale Westview (11-2), who beat the Bulldogs 59-52 on Dec. 11. Despite the score, Anthony was proud that his team held one of the top teams in Division I to just nine points in the third quarter while scoring 26 points.
"We didn't turn the ball over like we normally do against Westview, and they are a good pressing team," Anthony said. "We got down early and fought back to the point where we outscored them every quarter down the stretch."
KHS travels to Prescott Friday for a make-up game that was originally scheduled for Dec. 13. The Bulldogs will travel to Prescott Valley for the Bradshaw Mountain Tournament Dec.26-27.
The Bulldogs will begin the second half of the season by traveling to Flagstaff Jan. 11 and despite the record, Anthony is hoping for a playoff push come January.
"I think we have a great chance of making the playoffs," he said. "We have to win some games. I think the Bradshaw Tournament, there are some good teams there that we are going to get tested. It's a really good tournament to go to and get the kids ready for that last stretch in January."