KINGMAN - It was "Showtime" in the Betty Rowe Gymnasium Friday at Kingman Academy High when the boys basketball team outran, out-jumped and outscored Winterhaven Calif., San Pasqual Valley, 93-27.
Kingman Academy (6-0 D-III, 8-3) led 8-0 after the game's first minute and 35-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Tigers' head coach Bryant Morrison was absent for the game due to family obligations, and former JV coach Dale Lohone took over the clipboard to lead the Tigers, who he coached when they were underclassmen.
"The secret to the game was that we relentlessly pushed the ball up the floor," Lohone said. "We shot well and we played defense fairly well."
Kingman Academy made 16 3-pointers on 44-percent shooting from that range against San Pasqual (2-3 D-IV). The Tigers as a team had nine blocked shots and an assist-to-turnover comparison of 22-10.
"We just came out as the team we're capable of being and are," said senior guard Austin Tomlinson. "Tarik (Skubal) was on fire and Lance (Martin) drove the ball."
Skubal led the Tigers with 19 points, Tomlinson scored 13, and Martin added seven.
Tomlinson is an ultra-quick two-guard, who in previous years had sometimes played out of control. Now that's he has matured, he is doing a great job for Kingman Academy in maintaining his composure.
"I've slowed down more and look to pass the ball," he said. "I like giving my teammates the ball. I like them scoring more than me."
Other scorers for the Tigers were Robby Glass with 10, Henry Chinyere 9, Chris Pfeiffer 8 (including two thunderous dunks), TJ Pena 7, Ben Leader 6, Will Herbine 5, Breyden Potter 5, and Caleb Boyett 4.
Kingman Academy's 6-0 start to the regular season has it ranked No. 4 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association's Division III Seedings.
"We play so good together as a team," Tomlinson said. "We know each other well. We know who likes to shoot, who likes to cut, and who likes to drive. That helps us a lot."
The Tigers won't take to the floor again until the Colorado River Region Tournament Jan. 3-4 in Lake Havasu. In the meantime, the senior guard knows his team has room for improvement.
"We need to work on our help-side defense and getting back to our guy before they can get a shot," Tomlinson said. "We also need to work on boxing out. We're not always going to be bigger or out-jump everyone."