Camerado Springs sinks Marina Village from foul line
Kyle Eich should become Shaquille O’Neal’s personal free-throw shooting coach.
The Camerado Springs player made 11-of-11 foul shots to lead the Wildcats to the 36th annual Winter Classic eighth-grade boys basketball title Sunday at South Tahoe Middle School. On a good night, O’Neal, the Lakers 7-foot center, hits 50 percent of his charity tosses.
Eich scored 15 points and Hiram Thompson added 12 as Camerado Springs won the Optimist Club-sponsored tournament for the second time in four years, defeating Marina Village of El Dorado Hills, Calif. 41-30.
Camerado Springs of Shingel Springs, Calif. only led 17-13 at halftime, but converted 10-of-12 foul shots, including 5 by Eich, in the second half to pull away.
Other teams clinching trophies Sunday were Carson City, which downed Mark Twain of Angels’ Camp, Calif. 38-29 for third place; and Carson Valley, which doubled up Avery from Avery, Calif. 36-18 to win the consolation title.
Brian Welch led Carson City to the third-place trophy by scoring 11 points. Colten Mellows hit for 18 – half of Carson Valley’s points – en route to the consolation championship.
South Tahoe Middle School opened the 16-team tournament against the eventual tournament champions. The Timberwolves bowed to Camerado Springs 49-24 despite getting eight points from Eric Domingo and seven by Alex Urreaga.
STMS rebounded to defeat Eagle Valley MS of Carson City 39-34 on Saturday morning. Mikey VanGorden scored 10 points to lead the Timberwolves, who bolted to a 20-4 lead after one period.
But next the unfortunate Timberwolves drew the eventual consolation champion Carson Valley. A 30-point second half helped Carson Valley post a hard-fought 45-35 victory.
VanGorden scored 10 points for the Timberwolves, while Domingo knocked in three trifectas for nine points.
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