The scoreboard tells only part of the story. Just ask Jesse Canchola, Rich Campbell, Charlie Safford and the Pershing County Mustangs boys basketball team.
The Mustangs traveled to West Wendover last Thursday. Pershing lost a league match against the Wolverines 59-30. Lovelock is 0-2 against Wendover having lost to them at home in mid-January 53-24.
Pershing County was minus a starter. Unfortunately, Diego Gonzalez fractured his nose during the Incline game. Underclassmen Izayuh McGlihin and Luis Sanchez figured prominently against Wendover.
“We moved Zay after the JV game and Luis Sanchez continued with us,” said Canchola. “They played a lot of minutes and didn’t do bad.”
McGlothin led the scoring with seven points. Ashton Nolf and Kaden Chambers each had six points. Travis Donaldson added eight. Pershing finished the regular season at 8-19 overall, and 3-11 in the 2A Northern.
The boys heard some exciting news last week.
Pershing County is headed to the playoffs as the No. 6 seed. At the beginning of the season the team vowed to make it to the playoffs.
The competition begins at Winnemucca Junior High this Thursday at 2:45 p.m. Whatever the results, the Mustangs have already achieved a success.
Pershing County faced its share of adversity this season. The challenges continue. However, the Mustangs always seem to come back stronger.
“Diego (Gonzalez) should be available Thursday but will have to wear a face guard,” said Canchola. “Other players are battling illness. Chambers rolled his ankle bad and could be out. We will adjust this week based on what worked and what didn’t work and give it our best shot.”
“We won’t sit here and say it was the prettiest of seasons but we got better week by week,” he added. “The foundation has been set. I’m proud of these young men and the coaching staff.”
The JV boys lost to Wendover (65-19). They finished their season 17-6.
“The kids worked hard every single day. The improvement showed to everyone that came out and watched us,” said JV coach JJ Meyers. ”The future is bright for these young men.”