Northwest Valley Holiday Tournament
The following is a summary of all four (consolation & championship brackets) semi-final games in the Northwest Valley Holiday Tournament on Monday, December 29, 2003.
Alhambra 66 - Kofa 47
The first game of the day featured the Kings of Kofa High School engaging in battle with the Alhambra Lions. A menial crowd was on hand for this 3 PM tip-off.
The tone of the game was not evident at first. Both squads looked hindered by one another. Alhambra jumped out to an early thanks to 6-2 Sophomore Joel Garcia's five first quarter points, but Kofa climbed back in and took a two-point lead entering the second quarter, 11-9.
Kofa went cold in the second and Alhambra took advantage. The ball game was over, figuratively, by half time. Kofa shot 12.5% (1-of-8) from the field in the second quarter. Alhambra used potent defense and timely offense to outscore the Kings 18-2 in the second quarter. The Lions found themselves with a 27-13 lead at the half.
Kofa got their touch back in the third, hitting 7-of-11 field goals. Unfortunately, Alhambra's 6-3 Senior Kevin Malakowsky scored 11 third quarter points and the Lions outscored the Kings 18-16. Alhambra took a 45-29 lead into the fourth quarter.
Kofa tried valiantly to climb back into the game, but Alhambra was too big and more fundamentally sound for the Kings. Alhambra defeated Yuma Kofa 66-47 and the Lions advance to the Consolation Championship to be played at 3pm Tuesday at Greenway.
Alhambra 9 18 18 21 66
Kofa 11 2 16 18 47
Alhambra - Malakowsky 18, Garcia 9, Lee 9, Walker 6, Lopez 5, Fudail 4, Dean 3, Evans 3, Hamilton 2, Hudson 2, Metcalf 2, Clark 2, Harrison 1
Kofa - Richardson 18, Daily 10, Chambers 6, Rainey 6, Dushane 3, Taylor 2, Tipton 2
Ironwood 62 - Cactus 56
Following the Alhambra/Kofa game was the Eagles of Ironwood versus the Cactus Cobras. A larger crowd turned out to witness a close contest between the two teams.
Both teams had trouble making shots fall from the field in the first quarter. Ironwood shot 35.7% from the field and Cactus made 3-of-12 shots (25%), including 1-of-6 from three-point range. Cactus' three-point shooting would play a big role in the outcome. After one quarter, Ironwood led 12-9.
Cactus came out flat in the second and Ironwood was able to work the ball down low to their two big men, 6-8 Senior Taylor Montgomery and 6-7 Junior Austen Powers.
The Eagles outscored Cactus 17-9 in the second and went into half time with a 29-18 lead.
Cactus' shooting touch was on fire after the half. The Cobras shot 75% from the field in the third, including 3-of-5 from downtown. Cactus' Dan Tocora led the Cobras with 10 third quarter points. Tocora was 3-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line to lead the Cobras back into the game. After three quarters, it was all knotted up at 41 apiece.
The Cobras would lose their three-point touch in the crucial fourth quarter. The Cactus Cobras shot 2-of-9 from downtown in the fourth quarter. Ironwood used their free throw shooting to ice the win. The Eagles were 9-of-13 from the line in the fourth. Ironwood held on to defeat the Cobras 62-56 and they clinched a spot in the consolation championship versus Alhambra.
Ironwood 12 17 12 21 62
Cactus 9 9 23 15 56
Ironwood - Montgomery 15, Weaver 14, Powers 12, Beale 11, Cuthbert 5, Schwarz 5
Cactus - Tocora 17, Marin 17, Phillips 9, Sheriff 7, Leeds 4, Liber 2
Millennium 54 - Independence 42
The first game of the championship bracket featured Millennium and Independence. A large crowd was on hand to watch Millennium's Ryan Holmes display his talents against sharpshooter Francisco Ayala and Independence.
Millennium played tough, physical defense on Independence and it paid off. Even though the Tigers sent Independence to the line eight times in the first quarter, the Patriots only converted five of them. Millennium had jumped out to a 16-9 lead by the quarters' end. Ryan Holmes
The Tigers continued to rough up the Patriots, but Millennium's shots didn't fall and Independence was able to hang close. Millennium's 6-2 Senior standout Ryan Holmes shot 1-of-6 from the field in the second quarter. It was Independence's 6-0 Senior Xavier Newbill and his seven second quarter points that helped keep the Patriots in the game. Newbill's containment of Holmes also helped Independence. At the half Millennium was up 24-18.
The third quarter belonged to Millennium and their 6-7 Senior center Phil Marx. The Tigers jumped out to a 32-19 lead behind Marx's 14 points in the third. Independence's poor shooting caught up to them in the third quarter, as they were outscored 21-10 and trailed 45-28 after three quarters.
The physical Tigers had roughed up the Patriots and the fourth quarter would be no different. Independence went to the line 10 times in the fourth. The Patriots shot 17-of-29 from the line for the entire game, whereas Millennium shot 4-of-8. Even with Ryan Holmes fouling out with 2:56 left in the game, Independence couldn't muster enough strength to come back. The Patriots fell to the Tigers, 54-42. Millennium advances to the championship game, 6pm Tuesday at Greenway. Independence plays for third place at 4:30pm Tuesday.
Millennium 16 8 21 9 54
Independence 9 9 10 14 42
Millennium - Marx 19, Hale 13, Holmes 10, S. Maslowski 4, Head 2, Dowdell 2, Felix 2, Garcia 2
Independence - X. Newbill 15, Ayala 9, McPeak 8, Christian 6, C.J. Newbill 2, Sauceda 1, Griffin 1
Greenway 53 - Mountain Ridge 52
The final game of the
evening would prove to be the most exciting. The Mountain Lions of Mountain
Ridge versus the Greenway Demons was in front of a packed house. Mtn. Ridge, the
favorite to win the tournament, had just as many supporters as host
The Demons got the dome rockin' as the catapulted to a 20-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Scott Mueller and Steve Hudson led the fearless Demons against the Mountain Lions. Mountain Ridge Senior guard J.D. Bittl struggled from the field and looked unsure at times.
Mountain Ridge settled down in the second and started running their offense. They held Greenway to five points in the second quarter. Mountain Ridge spread the scoring around nicely and led by one at the half, 26-25.
Greenway started hot again, as Mueller and 6-8 Senior Jon Black took charge. Black collected rebounds almost at will and Mueller contributed six points to bring the Demons to a 42-36 lead at the end of the third.
Now let the excitement commence. Mountain Ridge's 6-4 Senior Robert Quaintance led the Mountain Lion attack. The two squads would trade buckets and the lead would never exceed two points. With 1:05 remaining Quaintance and Greenway's Steve Hudson received technical fouls for trash talking, both fouled out. Mountain Ridge found themselves up 52-50 and they proceeded to wear the clock down. Greenway's Mueller stole the ball with around :45 seconds left, spun in the lane and inadvertently charged a defender who was not set. A controversial offensive foul was called and Mountain Ridge had the ball back. Ridge wore the clock down to :17.8 seconds left, but turned it over.
After a time out, Greenway moved down the court and Scott Mueller put up a three with :02 seconds left, swish. Greenway was up 53-52 with :00.5 tenths of a second left. Ridge tried to inbound the ball via a long pass, but the ball hit the ceiling, therefore, no time off the clock and a change of possession. Greenway wins. Greenway now plays Millennium in the finals of the Northwest Valley Holiday Tournament. Mountain Ridge plays Independence for third place.
Greenway 20 5 17 11 53
Ridge 11 15 10 16 52
Greenway - Mueller 21, Black 12, Hudson 11, Koch 4, Brockel 3, Alfred 2
Ridge - Quaintance 18, Morrow 11, Bittl 8, Bohr 6, Armendariz 4, Wood 3, Weber 2