2/13/2013 6:01:00 AM Tigers fearing injury bug with playoffs nearing
Kingman Academy's Johnny Hererro drives to the basket during the first half of the Tigers’ 79-37 win over Estrella Saturday. With the win, the Tigers improve to 18-5 and hold the No. 4 seed in the 3A Charter Athletic Association playoffs that begin next week.
KINGMAN - With two games left in the regular season, the Kingman Academy boys basketball team has the No. 4 seed in the upcoming 3A Charter Athletic Association playoffs.
But for coach Bryant Morrison, he wishes next week's playoffs would start now to avoid his biggest fear at this point of the season - injuries.
"Honestly, I wish it was next week for state," Morrison said.
Morrison's fear almost became a reality Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader with Estrella when Johnny Herrero rolled his ankle in the second half.
The good news for Morrison was Herrero was able to walk it off and finish the game strong. But with games this week against Mohave Accelerated Learning Center on Tuesday and Thursday's season closer against Adobe Mountain, the injury prospect is something that could raise the coach's blood pressure with playoffs just around the corner.
"The Johnny thing was nervous. I don't want anybody to get injured," Morrison said.
Herrero ended the night with 16 points as the Tigers won 79-37 in the second game and won 58-27 in the first game.
"It was different to play two games in one day," Morrison said. "It's not a tournament, but you have to think of it as a tournament. That is why I split up the team so we wouldn't get as tired and I think it worked well."
Jake Minor led the Tigers in the first game with 14 points. Lance Martin added 11 points and Henry Chinyere had 10 points.
KAHS (18-5) took a 37-10 halftime lead and a 45-21 lead at the end of the third quarter.
In Game 2, the Tigers took a 45-23 halftime lead and led 60-33 heading into the fourth quarter.
Tarik Skubal led the Tigers with 25 points. Ben Leader had 13 points, Christian Adragna added eight points and Westin McCord had seven points.
Saturday's game was part of KAHS' Fourth Annual Hoops for Hope cancer night in which the school raised $5,106 for the Kingman Cancer Care Unit. The doubleheader was preceded by a pair of junior varsity games and followed by the KAHS girls team playing the Pink Cadillacs, a team made up of KAHS faculty and various members of the community. Members of the basketball teams and sprit line decorated the gym with pink ribbons, the nets were pink and there was a raffle of various door prizes, with all proceeds going to KCCU.
"It's nice to see the whole community come together, and the boys loved it and did an awesome job of decorating," Morrison said.