KINGMAN - When the Volunteers are balanced and collaborative about their goal, they can be a handful for any team. That's exactly what Division IV, Section III No. 1 seed Mohave discovered in the section semifinals Thursday at Parker, losing to No. 4 Lee Williams, 56-43.
"We really took them out of their offense," said LWHS boys basketball coach Ray Smith. "It was great team defense. They started going one-on-one and that played right into our hands."
Lee Williams (11-9) got its scoring almost equally from its big men and from its guards. The big men garnered 31 points behind 6-7 Giancarlo Narvarte's 15, 6-4 Marco Antonio Narvarte's 10, and 6-6 Chaise Shropshire's five.
Braxton Burgess led the guards with a game-high 17 points, including making 6-of-7 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. The Vols went 11-for-15 at the charity stripe in the fourth, and 16-for-23 for the game.
Lawrence Campbell scored six points for Lee Williams, and Kenyon Rowley added three.
"Braxton and Giancarlo played really well on offense, and Lawrence was awesome on both sides of the ball, "Smith said. "We really needed a big win."
The Vols clung to four-point leads at the end of the first quarter (13-9) and at the half (21-17). They pushed the lead to six by the end of the third quarter, 35-29, and behind those 15 free-throws, Lee Williams took the game from Mohave (12-6).
The Vols faced No. 3 Joy Christian (11-8) for the Section III championship Saturday night in Parker. The Eagles beat No. 2 River Valley (12-6) to advance to the finals, 42-41. Results were not available by deadline.
The next step for the Vols is the Division III 2016 AIA Basketball - Boy's Division IV State Championship bracket. The AIA will release the bracket beginning at 10:30 a.m. today during its Bracket Show on azpreps365.com.
The Vols currently sit at No. 19 and should remain in the top 24 for a state seeding regardless of Saturday's outcome against No. 18 Joy Christian. Mohave is sitting at No. 16, and Lee Williams could play at the T-birds in Bullhead City in the opening round of the state playoffs.