Stallions repeat at Mohave: River Valley wins last three games, earns Gold Bracket championship
BULLHEAD CITY — The Shadow Ridge High School Stallions earned the Holiday Shootout Basketball Tournament for the second season in a row.
The Stallions, who are from Surprise, Ariz., defeated American Preparatory Academy, from Las Vegas, 48-47 during the finals to earn the Platinum Bracket title in the Holiday Shootout Basketball Tournament at Mohave High School on Saturday afternoon.
Kiran Oliver scored 14 points, Carter Hall and Anthony Garza each added 10, and C.J. Davis chipped in six to lead the Stallions to their second title in consecutive seasons at the Mohave tourney.
Jaycob McBath and Tayrod Washington each scored 15 points, and Howard Williams chipped in 10 for the runner-ups.
The Stallions trailed 38-30 in the middle of the fourth period when Oliver hit two 3-pointers and Carter Hall got involved on the offensive and defensive boards — in addition to baskets coming off the offensive glass.
“He’s really stepped up since we’ve had him,” said Stallions head coach Robert Bohon about Oliver, who is a junior transfer from Chicago. “He’s been a slasher-type wing (player).”
Bohon said Hall has had a couple of 20-point, 20-rebound games this year.
“That’s a tremendous team,” said Bohon about American Prep. “They have some tremendous talent.”
Bohon’s bigmen, the 6-foot-7 Garza and the 6-3 Hall, had to work hard to contain American Prep’s 6-7 John Jenkins and the 6-4 Williams.
“That’s how every game has been this year,” Bohon said. “Down in the Valley (the Phoenix area), that’s what you have to play against.”
The Stallions topped American Prep 57-50 in the semifinals Saturday morning and they played once again in the final due to the double-elimination setup.
Oliver tallied 15 points, Caleb Greishaber chipped in 11 and Davis added nine for the Stallions during their first victory against American Prep, while Williams had 17 points and McBath contributed 12 against the Stallions during the semifinal.
RIVER VALLEY 41, MOHAVE 39
Trevell Walker hit the game-winning shot with five seconds remaining in the fourth period, while scoring a game-high 17 points to lead the River Valley High School Dust Devils over the host Mohave High School T-birds 41-39 during the finals of the Gold Bracket in the Holiday Shootout Basketball Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
“We pushed it through,” Dust Devils head coach Dan Powell said. “I’m so proud of them. They worked so hard.”
Walker’s game-winner came off a 13-footer from the right side.
“Trevell hit the shot,” said the ever- gracious T-birds first-year head coach Tyro Banks.
Brenan Gladeau also scored nine points and Nate Vargas added seven for River Valley.
Vargas was really great keeping the offense moving,” Powell said. “He had a lot of steals.”
Jaedyn Eastman scored 14 points, Chris Flores chipped in 13 and Isaac Lopez contributed six for Mohave against River Valley.
“It has been great — quality teams,” said Banks about hosting the tourney. “I like the way they split it into two competitive brackets. I’d like to see them try to do a second tournament a year.”
The T-birds needed to defeat the Mohave Accelerated Learning Center Patriots 41-40 in the semis to earn a spot in the finals against River Valley.