Fans of Lake Mead’s boys basketball team have learned two important lessons this season.
Arrive on time for the game, and don’t blink.
The Eagles put their quick-strike offense on display at home Tuesday, scoring 49 points in the first half of a 75-59 win over Needles (Calif.).
Lake Mead (23-1) won its 10th straight game and scored more than 70 points for the 12th time this season.
“We’re a great shooting team,” Lake Mead coach Jeff Newton said. “We like to get out and run. We’re very unselfish, and we have several guys who can shoot.”
Jared Dean’s 3-pointer from the right wing just 3:10 into the first quarter gave Lake Mead a 19-3 lead.
Needles never recovered.
The Eagles, whose average margin of victory is 22 points, put on an offensive display in the first half, draining 3-pointers, running in transition, hitting pull-up jumpers and driving into the lane en route to a 49-22 lead.
More impressively, the Eagles committed only three first-half turnovers while running at a breakneck pace.
“We stress fundamentals,” Newton said. “We get everybody involved in our offense and look for the open man.”
Lake Mead played without its top two point guards, both nursing injuries, and seemed to run out of gas in the second half. The Mustangs also picked up their defensive intensity and pulled within 61-47 before Lake Mead put the game away.
“That’s the first time all year we’ve lost our legs,” Newton said. “We’ve never faced a team that is in better condition than we are.”
Landon Littlefield led the Eagles with 26 points. Dean added 16, Dequann Thompson 14 and Demetrius Turner 10.
Darra Russell paced Needles with 31 points.
• Mountain View 84, The Meadows 79 — At Mountain View, the Saints held off a furious rally by the Mustangs, who scored 36 fourth-quarter points.
Justyn Anderson led Mountain View with 21 points. Cortland LeBoeuf added 20 points.
Jon Chino had 28 points for The Meadows. Graham Hilts scored 18.
• Needles (Calif.) 47, Lake Mead 26 — At Lake Mead, the Mustangs won by holding the Eagles to 14 points in the final three quarters.
Jenna Willis paced Lake Mead with 10 points.
Mary Marquez led Needles with 13 points.