La Quinta overcomes Cathedral City's late surge

La Quinta overcomes Cathedral City's late surge

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La Quinta overcomes Cathedral City's late surge

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In possibly his final home high school basketball game, senior Jared Broadhead made certain his team would go out on top.

The 6-foot-5 inch guard, unhappy with his team’s pace to start Tuesday night’s home game against Cathedral City, decided early on to take over. With Broadhead’s 26 points, the Blackhawks survived a late surge by the Lions to win 74-59 and stay atop the Desert Valley League, creating a title-deciding game Thursday against Palm Desert.

La Quinta head coach Jeff Hepner was relieved his team came together late in the fourth quarter to end the win on a 13-0 run after Cathedral City’s Orlando Wallace put his team on his back, scoring eight of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Lions came within one basket multiple times.

La Quinta boys basketball coach Jeff Hepner recaps team’s senior night victory over Cathedral City

Early in the fourth quarter, Hepner stood by his bench in disbelief, watching his trusted bigs fail to sprint back on defense as the swift Wallace cut through the lane for a layup or a trip to the free throw line.

“He’s just so fast, that when you give him a little bit of open space and he has a head of steam, he’s hard to contain,” Hepner said.

Wallace’s eight fourth quarter points brought his squad within two, 61-59, with just over four minutes to play, but Tasaun Thomas connected on a momentum-turning 3-pointer from the left wing that gave the crowd some energy. After Kameron Dashner hit two free throws on the next possession, extending the Blackhawks’ lead to seven, Hepner made sure he got a quick timeout before Wallace could push the ball back up the court to turn the game back around.


La Quinta’s Jared Broadhead (24, white) looks over his shoulder to see Cathedral City’s Patrick McGihon (3) and Anthony Sierra (10) in pursuit during the second half of a Desert Valley League game between the Blackhawks and Lions on Tuesday night, February 10, 2015 at La Quinta. La Quinta won, 74-59, and stays atop the league.

It ended up making all the difference, pulling the Lions out of their rhythm and giving Hepner’s players a chance to settle down.

“The whole bench was getting down,” he said. “We were taking really quick shots that were out of our character.

“It was a little gut check.”

Jared Broadhead of La Quinta (24, white) works around defensive pressure from Cathedral City's Orlando Wallace as the Blackhawks host the Lions on Tuesday night in La Quinta.

Jared Broadhead of La Quinta (24, white) works around defensive pressure from Cathedral City’s Orlando Wallace as the Blackhawks host the Lions on Tuesday night in La Quinta.

Out of the timeout, the more shots Wallace and his teammates missed, the faster they drove, often losing control of the ball in the lane, causing unforced turnovers that helped clinch the game that was much closer than the final score.

Star of the game

Jared Broadhead: The senior scored 10 of his game-high 26 points in the second quarter as the Blackhawks took a comanding 39-26 lead into the locker room. Hepner said after the game his senior guard has been playing two or three weeks on a “bum ankle”, leaving him at 80 percent right now, but he didn’t let it show when it mattered most.

Unsung hero

Tasaun Thomas: The junior guard scored all nine of his points in the fourth quarter in the game’s final five minutes with the Blackhawks needing a boost to turn around the game’s momentum. His 3-pointer with 4:14 left in the game put La Quinta ahead 64-59 and ignited his team’s 13-0 run.

Next up

La Quinta (9-2 DVL, 16-7) will travel to Palm Desert (9-2 DVL, 15-10) on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. for a game to decide the DVL title, while Cathedral City (5-6 DVL, 11-12) will finish its regular season with a game at home against Palm Springs (8-3 DVL, 17-6).

Cathedral City (59)

(FG FT-FTA TP) Nick Jimenez 2 3-4 7, Patrick McGilnon 2 1-2 7, Domonick Evans 1 0-0 3, Anthony Sierra 5 3-5 13, Orlando Wallace 5 10-14 21, Isaiah Ross 2 2-4 8. Totals 17 19-29 59

La Quinta (74)

(FG FT-FTA TP) TasaunThomas 3 2-2 9, Travis Hamann 4 3-4 12, Cory Hospedales 0 2-4 2, Charles Hays 2 0-0 4, Kameron Dashner 3 5-7 11, Jared Broadhead 12 1-2 26, Marcelo Zepeda 4 1-3 10. Totals 28 14-22 74

Cathedral City

13

13

25

8

59

La Quinta

12

27

16

19

74

3-Point Goals: Cathedral City: 6 (Patrick McGilnon 2, Isaiah Ross 2, Domonick Evans 1, Orlando Wallace 1) La Quinta: 4 (Tasaun Thomas 1, Travis Hamann 1, Jared Broadhead 1, Marcelo Zepeda 1)

Travis Hamann of La Quinta (2, white) cuts through traffic to put up a shot against Cathedral City (blue) during a DVL win Tuesday night that keeps La Quinta atop the league.

Travis Hamann of La Quinta (2, white) cuts through traffic to put up a shot against Cathedral City (blue) during a DVL win Tuesday night that keeps La Quinta atop the league.

Nick Jimenez of Cathedral City (0, blue) beats La Quinta's Charles Hays (21, white) to pull down a defensive rebound on Tuesday night. La Quinta won, 74-59, and stays atop the league.

Nick Jimenez of Cathedral City (0, blue) beats La Quinta’s Charles Hays (21, white) to pull down a defensive rebound on Tuesday night. La Quinta won, 74-59, and stays atop the league.

La Quinta's Jared Broadhead (24, white) looks over his shoulder to see Cathedral City's Patrick McGihon (3) and Anthony Sierra (10) in pursuit during the second half of a Desert Valley League game between the Blackhawks and Lions on Tuesday night at La Quinta. La Quinta won, 74-59, and stays atop the league.

La Quinta’s Jared Broadhead (24, white) looks over his shoulder to see Cathedral City’s Patrick McGihon (3) and Anthony Sierra (10) in pursuit during the second half of a Desert Valley League game between the Blackhawks and Lions on Tuesday night at La Quinta. La Quinta won, 74-59, and stays atop the league.

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