KINGMAN - Christmas has been put away, the New Year rung in, and the three Kingman-area boys basketball teams are ready to return to the hardwood at the Havasu Classic tournament starting today through Saturday in Lake Havasu City.
Four other teams will be at the tournament, including Lake Havasu, Parker, Mohave Valley River Valley, and Las Vegas Agassi Prep. Today's action will consist of pool play to determine seedings for Saturday's double-elimination format.
Kingman Academy enters the tournament undefeated in the regular season at 6-0 and is ranked No. 4 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III Seedings. Overall, the Tigers are 8-3 with those losses occurring at the Wickenburg Cage Classic Dec. 13-14.
"We're looking to play this tournament like we do the regular season," said KAHS coach Bryant Morrison. "In both the tournaments we've played since I've been here, we haven't played to our potential. Having so many games like three in one day - we're not as prepared as I'd like for the tournaments."
After beating Winterhaven, Calif., San Pasqual Valley on Dec. 20, 93-27, Morrison gave the Tigers a week off before practice resumed Saturday.
"It was good to get them going again," the coach said. "We've been working on basics and fundamentals."
Some of the basics the Tigers worked on were shooting and just getting out and running again. After 11 games, Kingman Academy has shot an overall 43 percent from the floor, 31 percent from 3-point land and just 52 percent from the free-throw line.
"The biggest thing we want to work on improving is our shooting," Morrison said. "And I just want to be sure we didn't lose our conditioning over the break with all the eating and stuff."
The Tigers open today's action against Havasu (5-4) at 9 a.m.
The Kingman Bulldogs enter the tournament with a 5-1 D-II mark, and 8-3 overall. The Bulldogs' only loss in the regular season came at Kingman Academy to open the season on Nov. 25, 52-37. Kingman is currently ranked No. 13.
Lee Williams (0-4 D-III, 0-8) has taken its lumps as the Volunteers continue to grow with a squad filled with freshmen and sophomores.
Each team is scheduled to play at least five games in the tournament.