Kingman Academy can't catch No. 10 Colts

Kingman Academy’s Cade Martin (20) launches a 3-pointer with Garen Steed setting a screen and Tyler Chinyere (1) looking to box out. Martin led the Tigers with 30 points in their 89-80 loss to Cortez Wednesday at KAHS. (SHAWN BYRNE/Miner)

Kingman Academy’s Cade Martin (20) launches a 3-pointer with Garen Steed setting a screen and Tyler Chinyere (1) looking to box out. Martin led the Tigers with 30 points in their 89-80 loss to Cortez Wednesday at KAHS. (SHAWN BYRNE/Miner)

KINGMAN - Kingman Academy chased and chased after the No. 10 Cortez Colts but could never quite catch up in a Division III boys basketball clash Wednesday at KAHS. Cortez (8-2) came away with an 89-82 win over the No. 29 Tigers.

The quick and sharp-shooting Colts opened a 21-14 lead after the first quarter. They extended the lead to 15 points at halftime, 43-28, and kept the Academy (5-5) at arm's length.

After falling behind by as many as 20, the Tigers managed to get the lead down to six in the fourth quarter, but Cortez kept holding them off until the final buzzer.

Cade Martin led the Academy with 30 points, including splashing in seven 3-pointers. Freshman Tyler Chinyere poured in 16, including eight from the free-throw line. Jeffry Chinyere came up with 14, P.J. Homer contributed eight, Thomas Easter and Kannon Butler each scored four, and Garen Steed had two.

It doesn't get any easier for the Tigers. The Academy hosts No. 2 Estrella Foothills (8-1) to open D-III, Section VI play at 7 p.m. today.

Buckeye 73, Lee Williams 53

At LWHS, No. 4 Buckeye (8-1) got out to a 38-23 halftime lead and didn't look back to get past No. 11 Lee Williams in a D-IV contest, 73-53.

The Vols continue to play without the services of 6-foot-7-inch senior center Giancarlo Narvarte, who is plagued with a lower back injury.

Chaise Shropshire led Lee Williams (6-4) with 16 points. Nate Cottrell scored 10, Braxton Burgess and Parker Taylor each added seven, Marco Narvarte, Kenyon Rowley and Tim Parker each contributed four, and Lawrence Campbell had one.

Lee Williams hosted D-III No. 9 Lake Havasu (9-1) Thursday. Results were not available by deadline.

The Vols face D-IV No. 10 Northland Prep at 2 p.m. Saturday in Flagstaff.