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Padgett hurts knee in loss to Senators

Jeremy Evans, Tribune News Service

Even after losing to Carson on Saturday, Reno can still win the Sierra League title, but its Northern 4A and state title hopes most likely vanished when center David Padgett went down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the third quarter.

Padgett, who has signed with Kansas, landed awkwardly on his right knee after going up for a rebound with the Senators’ Ed Jaquette. Morse Burley Gymnasium hasn’t been a kind venue for Padgett, who was taken to a hospital after Carson’s 59-57 overtime win over the Huskies.

Padgett was to be examined by an orthopedic surgeon on Sunday, but there was no word on the extent of his injury.

Last season, he sprained his knee against the Senators, missing the rest of his junior year, which then allowed Carson to run away with the league title. Now Padgett again may have played his last game of the season– and of his prep career.

“It’s just an unfortunate thing. I feel horrible,” said coach Bruce Barnes, who’s close friends with Padgett’s father, Pete. “Hopefully, it’s a sprain again. You don’t want that to happen to the best player in the area who will go on to represent our region in the future.”

David’s injury put a damper on the Senators’ win, but Jaquette was pleased that he was the main reason why Carson avenged an earlier loss to the Huskies. With Reno leading 57-56 in overtime, Jaquette hit the game-winning 3-pointer, his sixth of the game, with five seconds left.

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Reno basketball star David Padgett suffered a knee injury of undetermined severity Saturday night on the same floor where he sustained a season-ending knee injury a year ago.

Padgett, the 6-foot-11 senior who has signed to play for the University of Kansas beginning next season, was injured when he became entangled with Carson’s Ed Jaquette while battling for a rebound with one minute to go in the third quarter of the Huskies’ 4A Sierra League game against the host Senators.

The game was tied 39-39 at the time. Padgett was unable to put any weight on his knee as he was helped from the floor and taken to a nearby hospital. Carson went on to win the game 59-57 in overtime.

Last January, Padgett suffered a dislocated kneecap on the same floor against Carson D in the same gym where his father, Pete, ran the Carson program for almost 20 years before taking the Reno job eight years ago D and missed the remainder of the season.

He recovered fully from the injury, playing for the U.S. junior national team last summer, and this season was averaging 26.8 points and 13.9 rebounds per game D second among Greater Nevada players in the former category, first in the latter. Unofficially, he also was averaging about 10 blocked shots per game.

No information on the extent of Padgett’s injury was immediately available. will update this story as information becomes available.