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April 20, 2014

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Las Vegas High defense shuts down Del Sol

Wildcats open league play next week against Sunrise Mountain

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Las Vegas Sun reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer wrap up the football season by discussing Bishop Gorman's second straight state championship and introduce the basketball season. They also discuss who to look out for next football season and debate the merits of sweatpants.

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Las Vegas High coach Jason Wilson challenged his team to play lockdown defense from the beginning of Thursday night’s game against Del Sol.

The Wildcats responded and found themselves with a commanding 20-point lead at the end of the first quarter that the Dragons could never chip away at. Las Vegas improved to 4-0 with the 95-45 victory.

“I was a little disappointed with the way we played defense against Green Valley on Tuesday,” Wilson said. “We picked up and played full court tonight and you could tell the kids were focused.”

Travon Langston scored 23 points for the Wildcats and Olynsso Pratt had 13.

As a team, Las Vegas drained 11 three-pointers. They had eight Tuesday against Green Valley.

“That’s a lot of threes,” Wilson said. “I think we’re a pretty good shooting team, but sometimes if it doesn’t go our way you don’t want the kids relying on it too much. We need to be able to do other things.”

The victory wraps up Las Vegas’ non-league schedule. The Wildcats outscored four Southeast Division opponents by an average of 25 points per game.

They start Northeast Division play next week with road games at Sunrise Mountain and Eldorado.

“I told the kids after the game that it’s all well and good to be undefeated, but next week is when it really matters,” Wilson said. “Hopefully some of those lessons we learned can carry over.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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