Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 10:06 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer glance over both the Sunrise and Sunset regional playoff brackets. Will there be any surprises or teams other than Bishop Gorman, Canyon Springs and Foothill representing Southern Nevada next week in Reno?
Bishop Gorman wasn’t supposed to be challenged today in the Sunset Regional quarterfinals against visiting Sierra Vista.
The two-time defending state champion Gaels (25-4) are nationally ranked; Sierra Vista was the last-seeded team from the Northwest League.
Yet, Sierra Vista led by three points after the first quarter, giving the Nevada powerhouse more than they bargained for.
While Gorman wound up winning 73-55 in advancing to the Sunset semifinals, Sierra Vista showed anything is possible in the playoffs.
“They turned it into a game (in the first quarter) that was to their advantage,” Gorman coach Grant Rice said. “They didn’t back down, either. It is good. That is what we needed — someone to step up and give us a good test.”
Gorman quickly erased the deficit and pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring Sierra Vista by 14 points to take the lead for good.
Noah Robotham had 22 points and eight assists to lead Gorman, while Stephen Zimmerman had 15 points and eight rebounds. Nick Blair and Chase Jeter each also scored 15 for Gorman.
“Credit to Sierra Vista. They did a good job in the first quarter of slowing it down and hitting some 3s,” Rice said.