If you’re going to host a tournament, you might as well run the table and win the whole thing.
That’s exactly what the Foothill boys basketball team did Tuesday. The Falcons used a dominant first half to run away with a 90-66 victory over Arbor View in the championship game of the Foothill Holiday Classic.
“It’s always nice to win your own tournament,” coach Kevin Soares said. “We’re a dangerous team right now.”
Junior Marvin Coleman and sophomore Jace Roquemore were named co-tournament MVPs after averaging 14.7 and 11.7 points, respectively. They and senior Mauricio Smith have been the Falcons’ top players all season, but they didn’t have to be Tuesday.
Coleman and Roquemore tied for the team high in scoring with 13 points, but senior Jeron Bodin supplied 10 points and seven assists. Seniors Kai Gamett and T.J. Johnson contributed off the bench, with Gamett drilling four 3-pointers and Johnson getting five points and seven rebounds.
Twelve Falcons scored, with nine hitting multiple field goals.
“Me, Jace and Mauricio, obviously we’re the key guys, but we can’t play the whole game,” Coleman said. “Our bench coming in and giving us a break is great.”
Everything seemed to go right for the Falcons from the start. They opened with a 28-8 run, and Arbor View could do nothing on either side of the ball.
After Gamett drilled a 3-pointer with 1:22 left in the half, the Falcons led 45-17, their biggest lead of the game.
Junior Comillion Smith led the Aggies with 25 points.
Next up for Foothill is a game Monday against nationally ranked Chino Hills (California), which has wins over Bishop Gorman and Clark. The Falcons will be underdogs, but they’re a confident team after starting the season 11-0.
“I told them why stop now?” Soares said. “I know we have a tough game coming up, but the sky’s the limit. Everybody’s beatable.”
Foothill 80, Cimarron-Memorial 60 — Coleman led the Falcons with 24 points in a semifinal victory over the Spartans..
Roquemore had 15 points for Foothill, Johnson scored 13 and Smith added 11 points.
Demarco Alexander led the Spartans with 20 points. Kamakana Winquist scored 15, and Keiron Hatchett had 10 points for cimarron.
Arbor View 88, Rancho 78 — Jarrod Burks led the Aggies with 27 points as they took down the Rams in overtime to advance to the tournament title game.
Comillion Smith scored 19, and Sevonyea Smith had 18 points for Arbor View, which outscored Rancho 16-6 in overtime. Tyre Williams added 12 points for the Aggies.
Justin Holiday led all scorers with 31 points for the Rams. Trayvon Cotton-Taylor had 14 points, and Chrys Jackson scored 11 for Rancho.
Chaparral 68, Basic 54 — Jonathan Tendale scored 20 as the Cowboys defeated the Wolves.
John Brooks had 18 points for the Cowboys, who outscored Basic 42-25 in the second half.
Geoff Faries led the Wolves with 13 points, and teammate De’Shawn Eagles scored 10.
Tech 66, Valley 63 — Justin Mixson led the Roadrunners with 16 points as they edged the Vikings.
Jurelle Orbino scored 12, and and Isaiah Villareal had 10 points for Tech.
Valley’s Tommy Anderson led all scorers with 25 points. John King scored 17 for the Vikings.
Army-Navy (Calif.) 54, Del Sol 42 — Jonathan Spearman scored 15 points but it was not enough as the Dragons came up short against Army-Navy.
Richard Polanco scored 21 for Army-Navy.