The Marana Boys Basketball team won the Eddie Martinez Invitational last weekend, concluding over two weeks of holiday tournaments for area teams.

The Tigers went 6-0 in the event and helped improve their record to 8-9 overall.

Marana cruised to the title with a 30-point win in the championship game, beating Empire 75-45. The Tigers outscored the Ravens 32-14 in the second half.

Three Tigers scored in double figures, led by Etienne Guibert’s 15 points. Tyson Corner and Kyle Haase added 13 and 11.

Although the championship game was relatively easy, the Tigers had a tough path to get their, including back to back overtime wins.

The Tigers beat Florence 73-71 in overtime in the semi-finals. Marana had to rally in the fourth quarter to force overtime, outscoring the Gophers by 11 over the final eight minutes.

Jesus Valenzuela paced the Tigers with 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

The Tigers won four games in pool play, including a pair of blowouts. After beating Sahuarita 32-27 to open the tournament, they crushed San Tan Foothills 62-23.

The Tigers had another blow out to start day two of the tournament, beating Ray High School 57-26. The Tigers outscored the Bearcats 30-10 in the first half and cruised to the win.

The Tigers clinched their place in the championship bracket with a 45-44 overtime win over Scottsdale Prep. It was a low scoring game that saw Valenzuela as the lone Tiger in double figures, scoring 10 points.

Valenzuela and Corner were both named to the All-Tournament team.

The Pusch Ridge boys basketball finished second in the Tucson Cactus Classic, falling 46-43 to the Gregory School in the championship game.

The Lions trailed by 9 heading into the fourth quarter and outscored the hawks 16-10 over the final 8:00 but it was not enough to earn the win. Lucas Elliott led the Lions with a double-double, scoring 15 points and adding 16 rebounds.

Their only other loss in the event was a 4-point loss to the Gregory School. They opened play in the tournament with a low scoring 31-26 win ove3r Benson and added close wins over Desert Christian and Scottsdale Prep

The Ironwood Ridge boys basketball team travelled to California for their Holiday Tournament. The Nighthawks went 2-2 at the Rancho Mirage Holiday Invitational. They got wins over Warren from Downey, CA and Los Angeles’ View Park.

Led by 14 points from Nick Watson, the Nighthawks beat Warren 55-48. Cole Gerken and Jack McKearney added 11 and 10 points.

They closed out the tournament with an 80-72 overtime win over View Park. They outscored the Knights 12-4. Gerken scored 33 points, making 4-of-6 threes, while Jack Drescher added 17 for the Nighthawks.

Girls Basketball

Canyon Del Oro advanced to the semi-finals of the Flowing Wells Holiday Shootout, but lost their final two games and finished fourth in the event. They opened the tournament with wins over Buena and Catalina Foothills. Leila El-Ali scored 16 and 19 to lead CDO in the two wins.

They met Sahuaro in the semi-finals, falling 51-39 to the Cougars, a team they had beaten just 14 days earlier. The Cougars used a 13-2 third quarter run to break a tie game open despite 19 points from El-Ali.

They closed out the Tournament with a heartbreaking 46-45 loss to Queen Creek.

Pusch Ridge advanced to the finals of the Tucson Cactus Classic, but fell to Tucson High in the championship game. The Badgers won the low scoring affair 37-28.

The loss to the Badgers was the Lions lone loss of the tournament. They opened the event with a 53-20 win over Marcos de Niza. They held the padres to 5 or less points in three of the four quarters, including just two points in the second and fourth quarter.

Bree Olson led the Lions with 12 points, while Angel Addleman had 10. Olson average 11.5 points per game for the tournament.

The Marana girls participated in the Cactus Jam Tournament at Maryvale High School. They went just 1-2 but were facing teams from all over the nation.

They opened up with a 36-26 loss to Mercyhurst Prep from Erie, PA. The first quarter was high scoring, with the two teams combining for 28 points. The two squads scored just 34 the rest of the game, including a second quarter that saw Marana outscore the Lakers 6-3.

They turned around and faced Oakton High School from Virginia, falling 58-34, then ended their stay in the Phoenix area with a 45-28 win over Seattle’s Roosevelt High School.

Ironwood Ridge went 2-2 in the Holiday Hoops Classic at Red Mountain High School. They won their first two games in vastly different fashion. They edged Mission Prep from California 57-54, then smashed Skyline 61-27.

Full re-caps of holiday soccer tournaments will appear in the Jan 18 issue of the Explorer News and Marana News.

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