Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 | 10:24 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer discuss their way through the Sunrise and Sunset playoff brackets. They disagree on the early rounds, but come to a consensus on who will advance to the state championship.
The Eldorado High basketball team advanced to the Sunrise Regional semifinals with a 74-65 victory Tuesday against visiting Green Valley High.
The Sundevils, the No. 2 seed from the Northeast Division, received 16 points apiece from Donovan Wright and Markeith Floyd in reaching the semifinals for the second time in three years. In 2009, they won the Sunrise title before losing in the state semifinals.
“Our kids are finally getting it,” Eldorado coach Mike Uzan said. “We have a system and they are figuring it out. They understand what is important. Playing together as a team makes a difference.”
And, for the first time in two games, Eldorado will have its full team available Thursday for the Sunrise semifinals against Coronado. Daquan Thrower served a one-game suspension Tuesday, and star Curtis Stewart missed the regular season finale last Friday against Chaparral.
Stewart, one of two remaining players from the 2009 team, had 13 points and 10 rebounds against Green Valley. Having Stewart back on the floor was important — just not nearly important as playing together as a team, Uzan said.
“We’ve just overcome a lot of adversity the last few weeks,” the coach said. “Give the kids credit. They have battled through it the whole time. The bottom line is we have been together a long time and we work hard together. We didn’t miss a beat.”
Julian Jacobs had a solid night for Eldorado, finishing with 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
Coronado, the Southeast Division champion, will present a matchup problem for Eldorado. Eldorado likes to get out in transition, while Coronado prefers the half-court set. Also, Coroando’s Austin Nelson is one of the area’s top players.
The Eldorado is one of the oldest casinos in the Las Vegas Valley, opening in downtown Henderson in 1962.
The casino features table games, slot machines, a sports book, a keno lounge and a bingo parlor. Table games include 3 Card Poker, $2 minimum; blackjack with Royal Math 21, $2 minimum, and 10-cent roulette. There are 439 reel, keno and video poker machines, including several coin games. .
Dining options at Eldorado include Mariana's Mexican restaurant and The Cafe, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner — including a $2.99 spaghetti dinner.