They came to conquer, but instead were vanquished

Dillon Lovejoy powers past a pair of Conquerors defender for a shot on goal.

YUCCA VALLEY — The Joshua Springs Lightning boys basketball team faced off against the Desert Christian Academy Conquerors from Bermuda Dunes at the Thunderdome Friday evening.

The Lightning had a slow start, missing many attempts on goal and were behind 2-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Joshua Springs began to play better and slowly closed the gap, ending the half at 13-22 and the third quarter at 22-26.

Then with 5:29 left in the fourth quarter, team captain Dillon Lovejoy shot a 3-pointer and gave his team their first lead of the game at 31-29. Lightning defensive play galvanized into gear and from then on the Conquerors only made a single point at the free-throw line. The final score was 34-30.

Lovejoy was again his team’s top scorer with 15 points, Jaren Pendergrass had nine points and Jeff Bishop had five points, two of which were free throws with 40 seconds left. These critical shots took his team to a five-point lead and clinched the win.

“It was a great defensive team effort to beat DCA, two-time defending league champions, for the first time in three years,” Coach Adam Everhart said via email Monday. “Joshua Springs closed the game on a 21-8 run to win, after being down by nine at halftime.”

The Lightning move to 2-1 for the season start.

Their next game is today against Palm Valley at home. This will be their first league game.

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