In the desert, in triple-digit heat, and on asphalt, Nic Sargeant has the urge to play basketball. He misses the sport that much.
Sargeant is spending spring break in La Quinta, where he and a half dozen of his closest friends rented out a house with a pool. A volleyball net is set up in the back, but if it were up to Sargeant, there would also be a portable basketball goal.
Sargeant last suited up for the Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team on Feb. 21. Almost two months have passed since the Sailors' season ended in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs.
There is one more game left in Sargeant, one more game to represent his school on the basketball court. And that's why he's coming home early, leaving all the fun and heat behind in the desert, just to compete again.
Sargeant is playing in the 49th edition of the Orange County North-South All-Star Game at Concordia University on Saturday at 7 p.m. Every player will get at least 8 minutes of action, 4 for every half. If 8 minutes is all Sargeant is limited to, fans will see Sargeant make the most of his time.