KINGMAN - Junior Cade Martin scored nine of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead Kingman Academy on a 28-13 run and a 68-47 win over Kingman Monday at KAHS.
"I like the pieces of the game when we execute and do the things we're trying to do," said KAHS boys basketball coach Brian Devincenzi. "Kingman gave a lot of heart tonight. I think until the fourth quarter it showed. It was a real game."
Martin came out firing for the Academy (3-1). He scored eight of the Tigers' 15 first-quarter points for a 15-11 lead, and he splashed four 3-pointers in the game.
"Once we got into the flow of the offense, my teammates got me the ball," the 6-foot, 3-inch sharpshooter said. "I was feeling it today."
Academy took a 40-34 lead into the fourth quarter after being up 26-19 at the half. Kingman (2-3) trailed by as many as 11 in third, 34-23, but hung around until Jordan Dupee hit a 3-pointer at the end of the quarter to close it to six. Dupee finished with a team-high 17.
Anthony Pinto opened the fourth with an old-fashioned three-point play for the Bulldogs. He was fouled putting up a shot underneath the basket and converted his free throw to bring the lead down to three, 40-37. Pinto ended with nine points for Kingman.
Academy freshman Tyler Chinyere became the man of the hour after sinking 4-of-4 free throws for the Tigers' next four points to push the lead up to seven, 44-37.
"I thought we could blow the game out right then and there," Chinyere said. "I knew it was ours at that point."
Chinyere later added a basket and had all six of his points in the final quarter. That bucket gave Academy another two-digit lead with four minutes remaining, 50-39, and the game never got closer than that.
"I have to grow confidence in Tyler, and tonight he showed me," Devincenzi said. "He matured a little tonight. He rebounded hard, and he fit in with everybody."
Will Herbine contributed 12 points, eight in the fourth, for the Tigers. Jeffry Chinyere added 11, P.J. Homer had nine and Garen Steed tallied five.
Kingman coach Nick Juby, while telling his Bulldogs that there are plenty of games left on the schedule, was a bit disappointed with the team's defense.
"We just didn't have it tonight," Juby said. "We gave up a lot of points. It's hard to win like that."
Tanner Best added 10 points for the Bulldogs. Elijah Howery scored seven, and Tobias Bagby and Miguel Salinas each had two.
"We got open looks," the coach said. "We just have to make them."
Academy plays at Glendale (2-2) at 5:30 p.m. today and Kingman is at Mohave (1-2) for a 7 p.m. tip-off.