KINGMAN - It took a few minutes for Lee Williams to get it going Thursday against Parker in a Division III, Section II game at LWHS, but when the Volunteers did it was all downhill as Lee Williams broke the Broncs, 65-38.
After nearly four minutes were played in the first quarter, the score was deadlocked at 6-6. Lee Williams (7-5, 3-3) took over from there and led Parker (1-11, 0-5) by 20 points at the half, 38-18.
"We never have a lead at halftime. I didn't know what to say to them," said LWHS boys basketball coach Ray Smith prior to the start of the third quarter.
The second quarter was highlighted by the Vols' 6-feet, 5-inch center Giancarlo Narvarte. He threw down three dunks in those eight minutes, including the quarter's first basket when he posterized two Parker defenders and sent one flying out of bounds with a two-handed stuff. Narvarte finished with a game-high 19 points, and that play made it a 16-9 Lee Williams lead and clearly marked the shift in momentum.
"It pumps up the whole team and gets us playing faster," said freshman Paul Giglio about Narvarte's dunks. "He's a talented guy who can do a lot of stuff."
Point guard Braxton Burgess and Giglio capitalized plenty on Parker turnovers for easy layups at the other end. Burgess had four layups in the opening quarter en route to an 18-point game, and Giglio finished with 11 points.
"We were reading him, his eyes, and could see where he was going to pass it," Giglio said of the Parker point guard. "He was telegraphing that bad."
Smith gives Burgess a lot of credit for the quality shots Narvarte and the other Vols are getting. "Braxton is creating a lot of opportunities for the others," the coach said. "He's opening the game up. He's becoming a true point guard."
A year ago, Giglio was on the court for White Cliffs Middle School as an eighth-grader and has had to make the quick transition to not only high school basketball, but also varsity hoops on top of it.
"The tempo is a lot faster and you have to keep track of everybody," he said. "You have to have speed to play this game."
Lawrence Campbell scored eight points for the Vols. Kaleb Smith finished with four, and Chaise Shropshire and Marco Narvarte each added two. Kael Juelfs contributed one.
"It's nice to have a game where we were the better team and played that way," Smith said. "Our jump-traps are working for us, and I'm really happy how the younger kids are rebounding.
Lee Williams was at Mingus in Cootonwood Saturday for a non-section game. Results were not available by deadline.
The Vols next play at Lake Havasu (4-6) in another non-section game at 7 p.m. Monday.