KINGMAN - After falling to Mingus 52-46 in a semifinal, the Kingman Academy High school basketball team moved into the third-place game at the Wickenburg Cage Classic Saturday.
The Tigers, 2-2 at the tournament heading into their last game, earned the No. 2 seed out of Pool A after going 2-1 on Friday.
Mingus held just a one-point lead at the end of the first half, 24-23, and held off the Tigers by five in the second half, 28-23. Breyden Potter led Kingman Academy with 14 points in the loss. Lance Martin scored eight and grabbed 10 rebounds. Austin Tomlinson added seven points, Henry Chinyere had six, both Caleb Boyett and Chris Pfeiffer finished with four, Ben Leader had two, and Robby Glass made a free throw for the Tigers.
Results from Saturday's third-place game were not available by deadline.
Kingman Academy wrapped up Friday's play with a win over Phoenix Northwest Christian, 48-41. The Tigers trailed by three at the half, 23-20, but outscored the Crusaders by 10 in the second half, 28-18. Martin led Kingman Academy with 22 points. Chinyere scored 11, Potter added six, Tarik Skubal contributed four, Pfeiffer had three, and Tomlinson finished with two.
Kingman Academy suffered its first loss of the season in Friday's second game, falling to Phoenix Cortez, 66-42. The Colts began the game on a 10-0 run, and the Tigers could never get back into it. Cortez led 34-18 at the half.
The Tigers shot just 17 percent from beyond the arc, making 3 of 18.
Skubal led Kingman Academy with 12 points.
Martin scored nine and led the team with seven rebounds.
In the opening game of the tournament, Kingman Academy sank eight 3-pointers to move past Bourgade Catholic, 48-36. The Tigers held a three-point lead at the half and outscored the Golden Eagles, 30-21, in the second half.
Tomlinson led Kingman Academy with 13 points. Martin and Potter each scored nine. Potter also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Chinyere added seven points, and Pfeiffer had five blocks to go with his five points. Leader added three and Glass had two for Kingman Academy.
The Tigers get back on the road Tuesday when they face Seligman at 7 p.m.