Crusaders’ 3-pointer with 3.5 left topS Devs: River Valley falls to Northwest Christian 39-38

January 27, 2019

MOHAVE VALLEY — It came down to one last shot.

Freshman guard Logan Hopkins launched a 3-pointer over the outstretched hands of Dust Devils forward Trevor Walker from the left wing that found the bottom of the net with 3.5 seconds remaining and that was all she wrote for the host River Valley High School squad on Friday night.

Hopkins’ shot lifted the visiting Northwest Christian team to an Arizona Interscholastic Association 3A West Region 39-38 boys basketball victory.

“The players made some great shots when needed,” Dust Devils head coach Dan Powell said. “We kept the game score down as much as posssible, which is in our favor.

“The offense did stall, but we put it in four corners for that reason, to keep the score down — the lower the score the better chances we play better defense.”

The Dust Devils trailed 13-10 after one quarter and 21-19 at halftime before taking a 29-28 advantage into the fourth period.

Walker scored 21 points and junior point guard Nate Vargas added eight to lead the River Valley offense.

“Trevor had a great night,” Powell said.

Walker’s basket cut River Valley’s deficit to 35-31 after the Crusaders opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run.

Walker’s two free throws tied it at 35-35 with 22 seconds left in the fourth period, which set the stage for Hopkins’ game-winning shot.

“The kids took a tough loss; it’s a game that we really needed and we should have won,” Powell said. “Overall, the kids did great; they played their hearts out.

“They really wanted it as much as their head coach did.”

The Crusaders fouled senior swingman Sam Evans intentionally with 2.4 seconds to go, and Evans hit both ends of the one-and-one, which completed the scoring.

Junior guard Eddie Van sant tallied eight points, and senior forward Brady Wijbrandts and junior forward Jonathan Metzger chipped in six each for the Crusaders.

“Overall, it was a great game to hold a team to 38 points when they have been averaging 60 all year,” said the first-year River Valley boys head basketball coach.

The No. 30th-ranked Dust Devils’ record fell to 5-9 overall, 2-5 in conference and 2-5 in region, according to the aiaonline.org power-point rankings. The No. 17-ranked Crusaders’ record is 8-5 overall, 8-5 in conference and 5-1 in region.

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