Marina Village wins middle-school hoops tourney
Marina Village’s basketball Mustangs outscored their opponents by more than 15 points a game to gallop away with the championship in the 35th annual Winter Classic Eighth-Grade Boys Basketball tournament.
The Mustangs, from El Dorado Hills, Calif., allowed just 28 points a game in the tournament, which ran Friday, Saturday and Sunday at South Tahoe Middle School, and clinched their title with a 34-26 win over Carson in Sunday’s championship game.
Both South Shore schools in the tournament, South Tahoe and Kingsbury, advanced to the consolation semifinals before ouster. Markham, of Placerville, eliminated South Tahoe with a 39-32 win, and Cunha, of Half Moon Bay, Calif., knocked Kingsbury out with a 45-29 win. Cunha went on to win the consolation championship, 34-26.
Placer 29, South Tahoe 27
Placer wasted little time in knocking the tournament hosts into the consolation bracket with a two-point win in the tournament’s first game.
The Miners, from Loomis, Calif., held on for the opening-round win on Friday despite just six points in the fourth quarter. Drew Yocum led Placer with eight points, and Anthony Fletcher had seven. Kevin Woodman had seven points to lead South Tahoe, and Graham Hoffman six for the Timberwolves.
Marina Village 64, Kingsbury 31
After leading by just five at halftime, Marina Village turned on the offense in the third quarter to bury Kingsbury in the first round on Friday.
The Mustangs outscored the Knights 20-6 in the third quarter to advance into the championship bracket, and a second-round meeting with Avery. Austin Collie had a game-high 23 for Marina Village. Nick Summers had 16 points for Kingsbury, and Anton Kokunin 13.
In another first-round scores: Camerado Springs 31, Sonora 25; Carson City 38, Markham 23; Toyon 55, St. Vincent de Paul 30; Avery 39, Eagle Valley 36; Lincoln 34, Camino 25; and Mark Twain 37, Cunha 33
Kingsbury 45, Eagle Valley 40
Nick Summers provided more than half the offense for Kingsbury to lead the Knights deep into the consolation bracket of the Winter Classic.
Summers scored six of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as Kingsbury came back to win. The Knights overcame a slow start by outscoring Eagle Valley, of Carson City, 14-7 in the final quarter for the win.
Jared Wulff led the Eagles with 12 points, and Rory Wunch and Aaron Henry had nine each in a losing effort.
South Tahoe 43, Sonora 27
South Tahoe raced out to an early lead, and Sonora couldn’t catch up to the tournament hosts as the Timberwolves advanced in the consolation bracket.
Graham Hoffman and Kevin Woodman had 10 poins each as 11 of the 14 Timberwolves who suited up for Saturday’s game scored. Sonora, from Shingle Springs, Calif., held a 6-6 tie with South Tahoe after the first quarter, but could not catch up after the Timberwolves outscored the visitors 13-6 in the second quarter.
Other second-round scores:
Markham 40, St. Vincent de Paul 23
Cunha 47, Camino 28
Camerado 37, Placer 28
Carson 42, Toyon 33
Marina 70, Avery 27
Lincoln 33, Mark Twain 32
Markham 39, South Tahoe 32
Markham knocked the tournament hosts out of the consolation bracket, ending South Tahoe’s Winter Classic run with a 43-32 win in the consolation semifinals Saturday.
Markham, of Placerville, scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to seal the comeback win. Scott Mosbacher scored five of his game-high 12 points for Markham in the deciding quarter. Derek Jensen had eight to lead South Tahoe.
Cunha 50, Kingsbury 23
Cunha doubled up Kingsbury from the get-go, and never faced a serious challenge from the Knights in advancing to the Winter Classic’s consolation final.
The Cubs outscored Kingsbury 10-5 in the first quarter, and Gohn Gainza scored 12 of his game-high 18 as Cunha slammed the door on Kingsbury. Jake Summers led Kingsbury with 10 points.
Other third-round scores:
Carson 45, Camerado Springs 38
Marina 45, Lincoln 28
Sonora 41, St. Vincent de Paul 25
Eagle Valley 55, Camino 48
Toyon 40, Placer 28
Mark Twain 41, Avery 40
Sunday’s championship scores:
Cunha 42, Markham 26
Marina Village 34, Carson 26
The South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club, the sponsor of the 35th annual Winter Classic, dedicated this year’s tournament to Dave Huber.
Huber has aeen a fixture in South Tahoe sports since he starting spending summers here in 1954. Since he moved here in 1972, he has coached, umpired and served on the board of directors for the local Little League and Babe Ruth organizations, coached elementary-school basketball, helped add boys and girls golf teams to the local high school sports programs, and has been a community sponsor for youth organizations.
Kingsbury Middle School player Nick Summers, the leading scorer for the Knights throughout the tournament, added another laurel to his resume during the tournament.
Summers made 19 out of 20 free throws to win the tournament’s free-throw contest on Saturday.
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