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November 22, 2017

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Boulder City hits free throws late, hangs on against Silverado

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Discussing divisions at the start of league play

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.

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Trevor Montgomery’s two free throws with 4.5 seconds to play Monday lifted the 3A Boulder City High boys basketball team past 4A Silverado, 57-56.

Boulder City has held its own in the initial two weeks of the season against 4A competition, losing to Rancho and Basic by a combined eight points and beating Tech in five games against large-school classification programs.

“We have a young team,” Boulder City coach Kurt Bailey said. “We are getting better and trying to improve each game.”

Boulder City, which started one freshman and three juniors, led 12-7 after the first quarter. However, visiting Silverado dominated the second quarter in leading 28-20 at halftime.

The game went back and forth in the second half, with Boulder City’s Montgomery and Nate Hafen combining to go 6-of-6 from the foul line in the final two minutes.

“We’ve been right there with some of those teams,” Bailey said.

Justin Johnson had 14 points to lead Silverado. The Skyhawks open Southeast Division play Tuesday against Green Valley, using the game with Boulder City as a tune-up.

Despite the loss, first-year Silverado coach Martin Ferriter didn’t classify the game as a complete waste. He experimented with several player combinations, and was pleased with his team continuing to play solid defense.

“I’m preaching to be patient, but these are games we have to win,” Ferriter said.

Silverado has played all three teams in the 3A Southern League this year, beating Moapa Valley and losing to Boulder City and Virgin Valley.

“I’m glad we aren’t playing in the 3A because we’d be tied for last place,” Ferriter jokingly said.

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