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Havasu boys bounce back to top Cibola at Holiday Hoops tourney

December 22, 2018

Noah Boyd and Cole Wade combined for 46 points in the Lake Havasu boys basketball teams 57-44 win over Cibola on Friday in day two of the Holiday Hoops Tournament hosted by Mohave High.

The Knights lost to the Raiders 56-43 on Thursday in the tournament but due to scheduling conflicts with a team dropping out, Havasu was forced to play Cibola again. Only this time, obviously, things went in the Knights favor.

“Our defense was better, we had fewer turnovers and we made some shots. That always helps,” Lake Havasu coach Ted Darnell said was the difference in Friday’s win compared to Thursday’s loss.

“We just played better overall. One of (Cibola’s) big guys who hurt us the night before got hurt in the game before. But we stayed in man coverage, which probably would have been the difference the first time we played them. It was just a different game.”

Havasu took a 12 point lead to start the game and never looked back. The closest Cibola ever got to the Knights was with seven points.

The Raiders, however, did win the third quarter by outscoring Havasu 15-8. But by the time the second half rolled around the Knights had an 11 point lead the Raiders couldn’t catch up too.

Boyd led the Knights offensively with 28 points. Wade scored 18 and Andrew Ortega added four.

Havasu is now 6-7 overall with the win and will look to get back to .500 when it faces SLAM Academy from Henderson, Nevada today at 11 a.m.

If the Knights win they will play immediately after at 12:30 p.m. If Havasu loses, the Knights will head home and get their holiday break started.

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