A trip to Yuma, Ariz., was all Arbor View’s boys basketball team needed to find a spark.
The Aggies, who dropped their first two games of the season, captured the championship of the Southwest Rotary Classic with a 60-55 win over Tucson (Ariz.) on Saturday. The Aggies went 4-0 in the 16-team tournament.
“It’s an unbelievable win,” Arbor View coach Kyle Hageness said. “We started with two tough losses in town, and to come down here and win the tournament is big.”
DeAndrea Johnson went 5-for-5 from the field and finished with 13 points and four rebounds for Arbor VIew, which got 11 points apiece from Zach Hammond and Chase Ealy.
“He just played his butt off for us,” Hageness said of Johnson.
Ealy was 9 of 11 from the free-throw line. Hammond grabbed five rebounds, and teammate Blake Claxton finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
“We had balanced scoring,” Hageness said. “We have kids who don’t care who gets their name in the paper as long as Arbor View wins.”
Tucson broke out to a 17-11 lead after one quarter, but the Aggies rallied to take a 28-27 lead at the half and extended the margin to 44-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Aggies drained 21-of-31 free throws in the game to preserve the win.
Shakir Smith led the Badgers with 32 points.
Centennial 68, Cibola (Ariz.) 62 — At Yuma, Ariz., Marcus Allen scored 17 points, and the Bulldogs closed the game with solid free-throw shooting to claim third place in the Southwest Rotary Classic.
Centennial was 25 of 31 from the line and used a 20-11 third-quarter run to open up a 56-47 lead.
Jordan Mitchell tallied 20 points, and Paul Mitchell added 12 points for Cibola.
Mountain View 63, Yuma (Ariz.) 52 — At Yuma, Ariz., Justyn Anderson scored the game’s first eight points, and the Saints never relinquished the lead, as Mountain View tamed the Criminals in a consolation game of the Southwest Rotary Classic.
Trevor Van Kempen added 19 points for the Saints. Anderson, Van Kempen and Mathew Larson combined to make 12 of 13 free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
Bishop Gorman 86, Spring Valley 59 — At Gorman, Shabazz Muhammad made 18 of 20 free throws en route to 34 points as the Gaels pulled away from the Grizzlies.
Rosco Allen added 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Gaels, who made 33 of 42 free throws. Rashad Muhammad supplied 12 points for Gorman.
Gary Payton led Spring Valley with 14 points, and teammates Shannon Nolan and Tyler Jones each added 13 points.
Basic 46, Desert Oasis 45 — At Mesquite, Jaylen Rose scored 13 points and Paul Bunkley added 10 points to help the Wolves hold on and beat the Diamondbacks in the championship game of the Bulldog Invitational.
Rose earned tournament MVP honors for Basic, which withstood a 15-6 run by Desert Oasis in the fourth quarter. The Diamondbacks misfired on a possible game-winning attempt at the buzzer.
Cameron Mich’l led Desert Oasis with 27 points.
Basic 60, Shadow Ridge 57 — At Mesquite, Devonte Boyd scored 16 points and Kyle Tatiano supplied 10 points as the Wolves fended off the Mustangs in the semifinals of the Bulldog Invitational.
David Everage paced Shadow Ridge with 18 points.
Desert Oasis 79, Mojave 66 — At Mesquite, Mich’l scored 22 points in the first half and the Diamondbacks opened up a 43-24 lead to cruise past the Rattlers in the semifinals of the Bulldog Invitational.
Mich’l finished with 38 points and nine rebounds, and Lianzo totaled 19 points.
Lotts led Mojave with 25 points. Quintarus Harper added 15 points for the Rattlers.
Shadow Ridge 54, Mojave 51 — At Mesquite, Nick Flowers scored 11 points and Rodney Rainey added 10 points to help the Mustangs edge the Rattlers in the third-place game of the Bulldog Invitational.
Andrew Lotts scored 29 points for Mojave.
Virgin Valley 49, Moapa Valley 44 — At Mesquite, Cameron Jensen had 15 points and five assists, and Brandon Cohen tallied 15 points and nine rebounds to help the Bulldogs defeat the Pirates in the fifth-place game of the Bulldog Invitational.
Josh Thompson led Moapa Valley with 12 points.
Virgin Valley 59, Yerington 37 — At Mesquite, Jensen tallied 18 points and Cohen supplied 10 points to help the Bulldogs down the Lions in the Bulldog Invitational.
Tanner Tichenor contributed five points and 10 rebounds for Virgin Valley, which used a 23-10 to pull away in the third quarter.
Moapa Valley 65, Enterprise (Utah) 51 — At Mesquite, Thompson scored 18 to help the Pirates pick up an easy win.
Casen Lewis added 15 points, and Hayden Cooper scored 12.
Faith Lutheran 58, Spanish Springs 47 — At Minden, Greg Thomas scored nine of his 20 points during the first quarter to help the Crusaders top the Cougars.
Sean Shamrock and Tremor Shetrawski each scored 10 points for Spanish Springs.
Bingham (Utah) 71, Foothill 60 — At South Jordan, Utah, Logan Parker scored 21 points, and the Miners pulled away late to down the Falcons.
Brannon Cresanto scored 19 points, and Greg Cox added 13 points for Foothill.
Los Angeles Community Charter 61, Agassi Prep 58 — At Agassi Prep, Kalin Jackson hit two 3-pointers in the final minute to pull Agassi Prep within 59-58, but the Stars fell short.
Jackson had 18 points and two blocks for Agassi Prep, and teammate Quincy Brown supplied 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Anson Williams contributed 12 points and seven rebounds for the Stars.