The Palo Verde College (PVC) Pirates men's basketball team reached a historical milestone Jan. 8 as the home team took a 96-87 victory over the visiting Barstow Community College Vikings.

"First home win – it's crazy. Heart's beating, hard to talk – but anyway, it's great to bring this win to the fans. Look at this, it's awesome. It means a lot, man. For our program, for everyone that supports us; we gave them a good show. It's awesome," said PVC Pirates Head Coach Ryan Copple post-game. "(This win) means it's a start. We're building; we're building something special. First win at home, second win of the year – it means a lot, here at the Clancy Osborne gym. I know he'd be proud. We just want to pay respects to everyone who came, and the alumnis. (...) (The team) earned it; they out-hustled them there at the end. They never give up, but tonight it showed. They never give up."

The Pirates' team leading scorers included Daijohn Stewart (2) with 30 points; Julius Humphrey (3) with 16; Dennis Cross Jr. (14) with 15; Larry Hemingway Jr. (0) with 12; and Waylon Anderson (4) with 9.

Cross and Hemingway Jr. also led the team in rebounds with 9 each.

Overall, the Pirates went 40 of 79 from field goal range (50.6 percent); 8 for 30 from beyond the arc (26.7 percent); and 8 for 14 from the line (57.1 percent).

Next PVC home game's tip-off is currently scheduled for tonight, Jan. 15, 7 p.m., at the campus Clancy Osborne Physical Education (PE) Building's gymnasium (One College Dr.), against Copper Mountain.

The Pirates will also have a home game this Saturday, Jan. 18, against Cerro Coso, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

(Photos by Uriel Avendano/Palo Verde Valley Times)

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