KINGMAN - All three local high schools were present at the nine-team Colorado River Region Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament played Friday and Saturday at Lee Williams and Kingman High schools.
Of those, only Lee Williams managed to get to the semifinals, and it was Las Vegas Agassi Prep winning the championship. The Stars went 5-0 and beat Lake Havasu 90-57 for the title.
Lee Williams went 3-1 in the tournament and didn't suffer its first loss until the semifinal round, when Havasu eliminated the Vols 57-50. After trailing by double digits early in the second half, Lee Williams made a valiant run to close the gap to 48-46 with just minutes remaining.
A little more than a minute was on the clock when the Vols were called for a foul still trailing by two. Just moments later, a technical was called on Lee Williams, and that killed the game for the Vols.
Braxton Burgess led Lee Williams with 12 points, Giancarlo Narvarte had 11 and freshman Paul Giglio scored all 10 of his in the second half.
"It was great," said LWHS coach Ray Smith about the entire tournament. "We worked hard over the break and several of the kids got better. The things we worked on really showed in the tournament. We executed well and we got some great looks."
Lee Williams beat Parker (62-32) in the quarterfinals and entered the championship bracket as the No. 1 seed after winning Pool A by defeating Laughlin (40-23) and River Valley (36-34).
Kingman entered bracket play as the No. 2 seed after winning Pool C. The Bulldogs went 2-0 with wins over Havasu (46-35) and Parker (55-28). Ethan Adams scored 13 and Anthony Pinto added 10 in the win over Havasu. Andrew Plummer led Kingman with 13 against Parker, and Adams added 12.
Kingman fell to No. 7-seeded Mohave in the quarterfinals, 64-56. Adams poured in 20 in the loss.
The Bulldogs earned their third win over Laughlin in a consolation contest, 57-34. Plummer ripped up the strings for 24, and Adams had 19.
Kingman Academy has to be looked at as the hard luck losers of the tournament. The Tigers went 2-2, with both losses coming at the hands of tournament champion Agassi Prep. The Academy lost to the Stars in pool play (53-38) and in the quarterfinals (81-49).
Breyden Potter led the Tigers with 44 points over the four games, including 16 against Agassi in the second loss to the Stars. Will Herbine added 28 over the same span, and Chris Pfeiffer had 25.
"I enjoyed playing Agassi Prep. It's good to play competition that will make you step up," said KAHS coach Bryant Morrison. "In the River Valley game, we started to limit our turnovers. We slowed it down and played with more sound fundamentals."
The three Kingman schools return to the regular season this week. Academy (10-4) hosts Kingman (6-7) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and the Bulldogs play at Lee Williams (7-7) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.