Pierce vs. U Prep. Boy Basketball

Two teams can play at that game

University Prep Panthers on Feb 20 took back a story to Redding of a great game, although it meant defeat for Pierce Bears, 55-47. However, the Bears got another chance to show their talent in the Basketball playoffs against Hoopla Valley Warriors (see March 6 edition of the Pioneer Review). 

Basketball fans came out last week and were packed into Arbuckle’s Pierce High School gym to see how far the Bears will go. 

The Bears started off strong from the tipoff. Senior Jonathan Corchado put the Bears up with a three point buzzer beater to end the first quarter. By halftime, the score nearly evened out but the Panthers pressed on and were ahead by eight points at the end of the third quarter. It was still anyone’s game. The momentum for University Prep continued and they kept creeping the score up, matching the Bears’ valiant efforts to regain control of the game. 

Luke Voorhees was the one to watch as he would grab many of the rebounds. Voorhees had control of the ball from the tipoff, passing the ball to Corchado, who showed impressive moves on his way to score. Corchado led Bear’s scoring with 13 points for the game. 

While University Prep was making their biggest strides in the third quarter, the Bears were not going down without a fight. Senior Ramon Paiz and Edwardo Paiz wowed the fans with impressive three point shots. Along with more baskets from Voorhees with just a couple of minutes left, the score was inching its way to equilibrium, but successful free throws from University Prep sealed the fate of this game.

University Prep’s Kaden Jones, Trevor Jones. Kevin Cox, and Mark Stephens brought the energy for their team.

Despite the loss, Pierce will have another opportunity to showcase their talents as that they have advanced to the Nor-Cal Regional Playoffs. 

Won or loose, the Nor-Cal Regional playoffs provide an opportunity to showcase their talents. ■