T-birds trounce Founders Academy 60-31
BULLHEAD CITY — Chris Flores scored 12 points and Jaedyn Eastman added 10 to help the host T-birds trounce Founders Academy of Las Vegas 60-31 in the first game of the Holiday Shootout at Mohave High School on Thursday night.
Brian Ising and Alonso Flores each chipped in seven points. Ising added four steals and Flores four rebounds for Mohave High School.
“It was a step in the right direction for the program,” T-birds first-year boys head basketball coach Tyrus Banks said. “We started off with a win in our own home tournament.”
Fourteen high school basketball teams from Arizona, California, Nevada and Canada are competing in the three-day boys basketball tournament, which will continue today and Saturday.
“We did a lot of good things tonight as far as running our offense,” Banks said. “We were scoring at will when we needed to score.”
Mohave led 19-9 after one quarter, 38-16 at halftime and 54-23 after three periods.
Roman Beltran tallied 12 points, Anthony Edmonson added eight and Declan Sawin chipped in three points, 10 rebounds and three blocks to lead the losing Centurions.
MALC 59, JOHN G. DIEFENBAKER 58
Josh Neal hit 1 of 2 free throws with two seconds remaining to lift the Mohave Accelerated Learning Center Patriots to a 59-58 come-from-behind victory against the John G. Deifenbaker High School Chiefs during the first round of the tourney Thursday evening.
The Chiefs, who are from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, were led by Ramie Malik’s 17 points and 11 rebounds. Lucas Togstad chipped in 14 points.
MALC led 31-27 at halftime.
Patriots 6-foot-5 center Jacob Leslie scored 20 points.
“Without our center Jacob Leslie in the middle holding us down in the first half, I don’t think we would have been in it in the second half,” MALC head coach Joey Leslie said. “He played outstanding, got in some early foul trouble, sat out in the second half, which allowed Zach Neal to take over and do what he does.”
Zach Neal scored 21 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.
“Then, what can I say about the freshman Josh Neal, stepping up to the line and knocking it down for the win,” Coach Leslie said. “It was a total team effort from top to bottom.”
SAN LUIS 42, RIVER VALLEY 39
The San Luis High School Sidewinders survived two River Valley High School Dust Devils’ attempts to tie the game before time ran out during the California school’s first-round victory on Thursday.
San Luis led 12-7 after one period, 20-19 at halftime and 33-24 after three quarters.
Jonathan Padilla scored 22 points to lead the Sidewinders, while Trevor Walker led River Valley with 13 points.
“We had two clean shots, but we just couldn’t make them to send them into overtime,” Dust Devils head coach Dan Powell said. “The kids played hard.”
Nate Vargas chipped in eight points for the Dust Devils in a losing effort.