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Palo Verde takes down Faith Lutheran in league opener


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Palo Verde basketball players Bronston Abad, Eris Winder, Nathan Grimes and Nahjee Matlock.

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Discussing divisions at the start of league play

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Las Vegas Sun reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer take a look around Las Vegas high school basketball by talking about each of the four divisions. They also break down their early impressions of the area's top programs, Bishop Gorman and Canyon Springs.

Palo Verde High boys basketball coach Jermone Riley knew his team was better than the 50-point loss they suffered last week to Canyon Springs.

On Monday, his team proved him correct with a 78-60 victory against visiting Faith Lutheran in the Northwest Division opener for both schools.

“We had a lot of growing up to do after the (Canyon Springs) game,” Riley said. “At the end of the day, this game is about making play. Quite honestly, against Canyon Springs, most of our guys weren’t ready to plays.”

Eris Winder and Nahjee Matlock led Palo Verde with 17 points each, and Jordyn Martin added 14 points.

Palo Verde led 35-28 at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter. At 1-2 overall, the Panthers can take comfort in the fact they are 1-0 in the tough Northwest league. They also lost to Western to open the season.

“We have to take one day at a time and get better everyday,” Riley said. “Canyon is over; Faith is over. You have to be able to learn from each game.”

Senior post player Brett Lubbe led Faith Lutheran with 15 points.

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