YERMO - A long winter break didn't hurt the Silver Valley's basketball teams.

The Silver Valley basketball teams came out strong after their two-week vacation earning double-digit wins against Boron's boys and girls on Tuesday. The Trojan boys defeated the Bobcats 65-38 while the girls won their game 50-31. Silver Valley opened Desert Mountain League play with the victories on Tuesday. The Trojan girls had five practices during the break, but the boys didn't hold a single practice or game. Silver Valley's girls coach Freezy Smalls said the winter break allowed the team to catch up on some missed time from the start of the season.

"We had lots of practice over the holiday's," Smalls said. "We didn't have any games, but we got to practice. It helped a lot even though we were missing some girls who were on holiday with family."

Silver Valley's boys dominated on Tuesday and never trailed in the game. They went up 13-9 in the first quarter and that was as close as the game would get from there. The Trojan boys led by 20 points for the majority of the game. Silver Valley's offense overwhelmed Boron scoring the same number of points, 13, in their worst quarter that the Bobcats did in their best. The Silver Valley boys' coach Paul Bourke said although Silver Valley's offense played a role in the win, he thinks the defense is what won the game.

"It feels really good," Bourke said. "It's our first league win. It's what we wanted. We came out and played tough defense which is what I wanted to see."

The Trojan boys' leading scorer Darius Batts had 22 points in the game. Batts covered the length of the court on several fast breaks. He got a pass and took the ball to the hoop early in the fourth quarter to put the Trojans up 44-27. Batts hit two 3-pointers in the game including a half-court shot as time expired in the game. He also had a half-court shot at the close of Silver Valley's 67-57 win against Vasquez on Dec. 18.

"I just wanted to try it again," Batts said. "I'm going to keep doing it now."

The Trojan girls went down 4-0 in the opening minutes of the game, but quickly recovered and led 8-6 after the first quarter. However, Silver Valley allowed Boron back into the game with several fouls in the second quarter and the score was tied 22-22 at half. The Trojan girls finished the game with 20 fouls.

"We should have been ahead more in the first half," Smalls said. "We were reaching too much and getting too many fouls. In my starting five, one player had four fouls and one had three at halftime."

Although Silver Valley allowed Boron back into the game in the first half, the second half belonged to the Trojans. The Trojans held the Bobcats scoreless in the third quarter allowing them to build a 33-22 lead. Silver Valley built a 19-point lead early in the fourth quarter and held it to win the game.

Shelisha Brown earned a double-double in the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds.