Friday, December 9, 2016
Edgewood High School
New Roads High School
With three wins in the 23rd Annual Grizzly Classic, the Lions were determined to finish a perfect 4-0 in the tournament and bring home their first ever tournament championship. Their task was not easy as they took on a tough New Roads Jaguar team who finished 3-0 in their pool play.
The Lions jumped on the Jaguars early as they took a commanding 7-2 lead in the first minute of the game. The Lions would extend their lead to 12 before the Jaguars came roaring back eventually taking a one point lead during the second quarter. The Lions answered back with transition points and a pair of free throws by senior guard Ozzy Mancilla. At halftime the Lions led 31-28.
After a stalemate early in the second half the Lions pounced their way earning 24 points in the third quarter thanks to their full court pressure defense. The Lions eventually finished their opponent off once and for all in the fourth quarter scoring a total 73 points to earn their first championship in program history.
Struggling in the first half, Point Guard Daniel Felix came alive in the second half scoring 16 points and adding a total six rebounds and six assists to his stat line. However, the star of the tournament came from eventual tournament MVP Niko Yamamoto who finished with a stellar 22 point, six assist, and four steal performance in the Championship Game.
This tournament served as a team performance as the Lions were without senior captain Alfredo Diaz. Players such as Isaac Gutierrez and Julian Batres held down the forward position in the absence of Diaz as both Gutierrez and Batres finished with a combined 18 points and 12 rebounds in the Championship Game.
The Lions now 8-2 enter “phase two” of the season as their first home game of the season begins Tuesday against St. Pius x St. Matthias Academy. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.