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Pinnacle opens region with pair of losses

Jullinn Garcia, pictured from an earlier game this season, scored 11 points against Green River and 17 points against Whitehorse.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Region 19 play has proved to be as tough as it comes for the Pinnacle Panthers basketball squad. They have lost their first two region games against very strong competitors. Green River was the first to take aim at PCA and handed them a 64-40 loss. Then Whitehorse also downed the Panthers 56-43 on Saturday on Pinnacle's home floor.

Against Green River it took PCA a while to get any offense going and they only managed 11 points in the first half while the Pirates scored 33. In the second half of play, Pinnacle did a better job and kept the game from getting any further out of hand. They put up 29 to Green River's 30.

Jullinn Garcia lead the way with 11 points and Demetri Hullings added nine.

At home against Whitehorse, another slow start on the offense hurt the Panthers. They were only down six at the half, but Whitehorse came out hard in the third and PCA had no answer and by the end of the third period it was 48-25 in favor of Whitehorse. The Panthers made a run at it in the fourth as they outscored their opponents by 10 but it wasn't enough.

Hullings and Garcia had big games with 17 points apiece.

Coach Devon Shakespear summed up the first region games, "We started our region games and had to play these first two without MJ Taberna., Taberna pulled his hamstring and is still rehabbing. We will have him back this coming weekend when we go south to play."

Shakespear added, "Other than that, we are still trying to put together a complete game, as soon as we do we will be a tough team night in and night out. I look forward to this weekend because we should be up and ready to pick up our first region win."

The team traveled Tuesday for a road game against a non-region opponent, Manila and lost 70-63 after giving Manila quite a scare. Garcia dominated the scoring with 29. Hamilton added 11 and Hullings put up nine.

The Panthers play Navajo Mountain on Friday and Monument Valley on Saturday. Both of those region games are on the road as well.

The Pinnacle girls also lost both of their opening region games. They dropped one to Whitehorse 83-44 and then another to green River 66-27. They also face Navajo Mtn. and Monument Valley next week.

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