On Monday, Valley’s boys basketball team knocked off two quality opponents by attacking the basket and getting high-percentage shots.
Things weren’t so easy on Tuesday.
Nine of the team’s first 14 shots were 3-pointers, and the Vikings fell behind early and couldn’t recover as they lost 86-65 to Garfield (Wash.) in the championship game of the Las Vegas Prep Championship at Las Vegas High.
“That team right there ran their stuff really well,” Valley coach Brian Farnsworth said. “Credit to them. We had hands up on a lot of their shots.”
The Bulldogs were 32-for-67 (47.8 percent) from the field for the game led by sophomore Jaylen Nowell, who had 29 points and eight rebounds and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He was 12-for-20 from the field.
“He’s only a sophomore, and he’s only going to get better,” Farnsworth said of Nowell. “But to be the best, you’ve got to play the best. Our kids wanted the challenge. It didn’t go our way today, but it was a good tournament for us. We competed and played against good teams and took care of business most of the time, and hopefully we’ll be better because of this loss today.”
Valley guard Darrion Daniels did his best to keep the Vikings in the game. He finished with 30 points, six rebounds and four steals. He hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the third quarter, but Nowell answered with a bucket each time to prevent Valley from gaining momentum.
“I thought our kids competed,” Farnsworth said. “Balls didn’t bounce our way. They got quite a few offensive rebounds, which yesterday we did a better job controlling the glass. That’s a real good team we just lost to.”
Jashaun Agosto had 29 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals, and Alphonso Anderson had 10 points and eight rebounds for Garfield.
Cameron Burton scored 14 points, and Shea Garland had 11 rebounds for Valley.
Cypress (Calif.) 56, Rancho 53 — Brad Belshe hit a 3-pointer with one second to play to give the Centurions the win over the Rams in the Gold Bracket championship game.
Rancho tied the game at 53 when David McKeever banked in a 3-pointer from the left wing with 13 seconds to play.
After a timeout, Cypress got the ball to Quinten Pounds, who broke Rancho’s press. Pounds then drove down the lane and kicked the ball to Belshe in the left corner for the winning shot.
Belshe finished with 19 points and five rebounds, and Pounds had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Centurions.
McKeever led Rancho with 14 points and seven rebounds, and Lamont Tryalor added 13 points and 12 boards for the Rams.
Chrys Jackson scored 11 for Rancho.
Las Vegas 83, Melbourne (Australia) 75 — Patrick Savoy scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to help the Wildcats rally to top the Tigers in a consolation game.
Devon Colley added 23 points for Las Vegas, which trailed 62-56 going into the fourth quarter. Dartanion Myers added 14 points for the Wildcats.
Jakob Cornelissen led Melbourne with 16 points.
Chaparral 59, Campbell (Hawaii) 47 — Marc Silas had 23 points to lead the Cowboys over the Sabres in a consolation game.
Maharie Trotter added 12 points for Chaparral, which outscored Campbell 24-8 in the second quarter to take a 31-21 halftime lead.
Jomar Gapusan, Michael Merchant and Lamart Dudley each scored 11 for the Sabres.
Cimarron-Memorial 40, Western 29 — Jeremiah Broussard and Jadon Brown each scored 10 points to lead the Spartans over the Warriors in a consolation game.
Wyatt Rozea scored 13 for Western, which trailed 27-10 at the half.
Hanford (Calif.) 65, Basic 40 — Ryan Johnson scored 19 points as the Bullpups beat the Wolves in a consolation game.
Cole Taber and Devin Lourenco each added 11 points for Hanford, which outscored Basic 22-8 in the third quarter to take a 46-32 lead.
Robert Sutton had 12 points to lead Basic, and teammate Josh Villaros scored 11.