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September 23, 2014

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  • Shaquile Carr, center, celebrates after forcing a traveling call as teammate Gerad Davis approaches from behind in Canyon Springs' victory over Spanish Springs 66-51 in the semifinals of the Nevada State Championships at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
    Canyon Springs ditches the outside shot, storms past Spanish Springs and into state championship game
    Feb. 27, 2014
    RENO — As soon as Chris Nelson’s 3-point attempt left his hands, Canyon Springs High basketball coach Freddie Banks looked toward his bench to make a substitution. But Nelson’s shot, the Pioneers lone 3-point attempt in the second half of today’s state semifinals against Spanish Springs, bounced of the front of the rim and rattled down for three points. Nelson was safe. So was Canyon Springs.
  • Stephen Zimmerman stops to sign a few autographs before heading to the lockerroom Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 after Bishop Gorman defeated Reno 68-27 in the semifinals of the Nevada State Championships at Lawlor Events Center in Reno.
    Live blog: Gorman makes quick work of Reno, sets up showdown with Canyon Springs in title game
    Feb. 27, 2014
    RENO — The Bishop Gorman High basketball team will play for its fifth state championship in six years. The Gaels today had no problems with Reno High in the state semifinals at the Lawlor Events Center, outscoring the Huskies 25-4 in the second quarter in advancing to Friday’s state championship game against Canyon Springs with a 68-27 victory.
  • Shawney Gainey, left, covers a teammate during practice at Desert Pines High School Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
    This 8-win basketball team never quit, earns unlikely spot at state
    Feb. 26, 2014
    They won just six regular season games, took fourth in their league and were outscored by an average of 16 points per game. The Desert Pines High girls basketball team had the type of season you’d expect with a first-year coach and a starting lineup of three sophomores and a freshman. So how, exactly, did such a squad win a berth in this week’s Division I-A state tournament in Reno?
  • Canyon Springs coach Freddie Banks talks to guard Jordan Davis during their game against Las Vegas Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Green Valley High School. Canyon Springs won 64-55.
    The high school team Freddie Banks coaches runs like his old UNLV teams; two wins away from state title
    Feb. 25, 2014
    Darrell McCall will start at center Thursday for the Canyon Springs High basketball team in the state semifinals against Northern Nevada’s Spanish Springs at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno. It’s just at 6-foot-3, McCall isn’t the typical post player. That’s just how Canyon Springs coach Freddie Banks likes it, tailoring his lineup to include mostly guards that quickly get up and down the court, proving to be the right formula in overwhelming the opposition. The Pioneers last week won their third Sunrise Regional championship in four seasons to earn a return trip to state.
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    Feb. 24, 2014
    Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer prognosticate the state basketball tournament.
  • Faith Lutheran varsity basketball players celebrate along the bench as a teammate dunks during their game against Pahrump on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
    Faith in sportsmanship: Restored
    Feb. 23, 2014
    From his teammates and coaches to the student fans who were chanting his name to even the opposing players and referees, everybody wanted Clayton Rhodes to score as he entered his last basketball game at Faith Lutheran High. That's because ...
  • Clark basketball players, from left, Colby Jackson, Sherron Wilson and Diontae Jones Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
    Clark gets the best of Desert Pines in regional championship game; rematch likely to come at state
    Feb. 22, 2014
    The Clark High basketball team had been in this spot before against Desert Pines with a championship on the line. So, during a timeout midway through the fourth quarter today in the Division I-A Southern Region championship game, and with surely most in the Clark huddle thinking about when they blew a double-digit lead late in last year’s state championship game to Desert Pines, coaches reminded players of a message they’ve been preaching all season: Finish.
  • Bishop Gorman's Nick Blair finishes a jam over Centennial in their Sunset Regional championship game Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
    Bishop Gorman disorients Centennial down low to win Sunset championship
    Feb. 21, 2014
    The Gaels tore apart the Bulldogs from the inside, scoring nearly 80 percent of their points within the 12 feet between the free-throw line and the basket in a 78-52 victory.
  • Canyon Springs Gerad Davis celebrates with teammates after their game against Las Vegas Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Green Valley High School. Canyon Springs won 64-55.
    Shaquile Carr, making up for lost time, leads Canyon Springs to Sunrise title
    Feb. 21, 2014
    Shaquile Carr delivered on his promise to lead the Canyon Springs High basketball team back to the state tournament. Last year, when the Pioneers blew a five-point lead in the last minute of the state semifinals to Centennial, Carr sat helplessly on the end of the bench, missing the playoffs after being declared academically ineligible. In the locker room that night, he made a promise. “He told me after the season was over last year, ‘Coach, we are going back,’” Canyon Springs coach Freddie Banks said. It seemed only fitting that Carr was the difference-maker today in Canyon Springs’ 64-55 ...
  • Centennial basketball players, from left, Eddie Davis, Khalil Thompson and Troy Brown Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
    Centennial reaches Sunset Regional final by exacting payback from rival
    Feb. 21, 2014
    Sometimes, coach knows best. When Centennial blew a fourth-quarter lead at Arbor View last December, its players were completely distraught. The Bulldogs couldn’t even think about the season ahead of them in the moment after losing to their neighboring archrival.
  • Canyon Springs' unsung hero shines in Sunrise semifinal victory
    Feb. 20, 2014
    The Canyon Springs High basketball team has become unstoppable this season with a trio of Division-I players leading the way. Shaquile Carr (UTEP) along with brothers Gerard and Jordan Davis (Eastern Washington) have the Pioneers one game away from winning a second straight Sunrise Regional championship, combining for 61 points today in a 99-82 semifinal victory against Valley.
  • Bishop Gorman guard Noah Robotham makes an over-the-shoulder pass while being defended by Centennial's Troy Brown during their game Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Bishop Gorman won the game 73-50.
    Bishop Gorman breaks out in third quarter, blows out Durango
    Feb. 20, 2014
    Southwest League champions Gorman broke loose in the third quarter to march past Durango, the Northwest’s No. 2 seed, 74-46 in a game where the Gaels wore their home jerseys but played in their opponent’s gym.
  • Las Vegas basketball players, from left, Devon Colley, Ray Smith and Patrick Savoy Jr. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
    Las Vegas basketball's younger players mature ahead of schedule, earn spot in Sunrise finals
    Feb. 20, 2014
    The Las Vegas High basketball team was supposed to be one year away from competing for a championship. The Sunrise Region title was supposed to be won by Canyon Springs or Foothill — teams which went undefeated in league play and are led by proven upperclassmen. Just don’t tell the Las Vegas players they have to wait until next season to make a playoff run. Las Vegas never trailed today in the Sunrise Regional semifinals against Foothill, opening an 18-point lead in the first half, then fighting off a second-half surge for an 81-76 victory.
  • Durango basketball players, from left, Darryl Gaynor, Alex Tarkanian and Paris Estrada Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
    Durango basketball did something some didn't expect by winning playoff game
    Feb. 19, 2014
    Not much was expected from the Durango High basketball team after its first game. Paris Estrada, the Trailblazers’ unquestioned leader and a four-year varsity point guard, tore the ACL in his knee in a loss against Canyon Springs. Durango did something today that wasn’t expected back in December when Estrada went down, winning a playoff game by topping visiting Cimarron-Memorial 76-71 in the Sunset quarterfinals.
  • Canyon Springs basketball players, from left, Brandon Edmond, Shaquile Carr, Gerad Davis, Darrell McCall and Chris Nelson Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
    Canyon Springs scores more than 100 points in playoff opener
    Feb. 19, 2014
    Some feel the Canyon Springs High basketball team could challenge defending state champion Bishop Gorman for this year’s title. If Canyon Springs produces offensively like it did today in the Sunrise Regional quarterfinals, those predictions could prove to be accurate.
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