Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 | 9:59 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer discuss the high school basketball playoffs, disagreeing on both brackets. Case likes Canyon Springs to win the Sunrise Regional; Ray think they lose in the first round.
The defending state champion Canyon Springs High basketball team appears primed to make another run at the title.
The Pioneers opened the Sunrise Regional playoffs Wednesday by leading visiting Silverado for virtually the entire game in a 71-62 quarterfinal victory. Canyon Springs, the No. 2 seed from the Northeast, remained undefeated at home and won their sixth straight game overall.
“It’s been hard for the opposing teams to stick with us because we are so athletic,” coach Freddie Banks said.
Canyon Springs is also young. The Pioneers only returned three players from last year’s championship team — all of which saw limited minutes. Instead, it’s a core group of sophomores leading the way, including point guard Shaquille Carr who scored 21 points in the win.
“Those sophomore kids might be young, but they are playing like veterans,” Banks said.
Justin Johnson had a game-high 22 points for Silveardo.
Canyon Springs at 4:40 p.m. Thursday will play host Foothill in the regional semifinals.