Local Glance (Jan. 4): Boys soccer, boys basketball
Moreno scores twice in San Luis win
With an important pair of games next week, the San Luis boys soccer team managed to escape their match against Gila Ridge with a 4-1 win on Friday.
Senior Leonardo Moreno scored a pair of goals in the second half for the Sidewinders (6-0) and Marlon Atondo and Ivan Fimbres each added a goal in the win. Moreno has a team-high seven goals on the season.
Next week the Sidewinders travel to Cibola (3-3-1) on Tuesday and host Kofa (6-1) on Thursday. San Luis beat the Raiders 2-1 in the opening game of the season and shut out the Kings 2-0 on Dec. 19.
However, the match against the Hawks (3-4) left much to be desired for the Sidewinders.
The two teams played to a standstill in the first half, with the score tied 0-0.
“I felt like my team had no energy, no passion,” San Luis coach Ian McDougall said. “It was like they were going to work, not having fun.”
The Sidewinders opened up the second half with Moreno scoring a goal 19 seconds after kickoff. After the Hawks tied it 1-1 a few moments later, Atondo scored a goal in the 54th minute. Fimbres added his goal in the 63rd minute before Moreno scored his second goal of the night in the 77th minute. Raul Ordorica had two assists for the Sidewinders.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Dobson downs Cibola
A night after suffering their first regular season loss of the season, the Raiders lost their second straight.
This time, it came in an 89-66 defeat at Dobson.
The No. 7 Mustangs (6-2) jumped out to a big lead early and all the Raiders could do was play catch-up.
Senior guard Jordan Mitchell finished with 27 points, nine rebounds and four assists, sophomore T.J. Smith added 17 and Isaiah Brown chipped in 10 in the loss.
“They were just a bigger team,” Cibola coach Tim Keller said about Dobson. “They jumped out and made four of their first five threes.”
Cibola lost to El Centro-Central on Thursday.
The No. 5 Raiders (6-2) look to bounce back when they play Kofa on Tuesday at home.
Hawks finish .500 at tournament
After struggling on offense in their first game of the final day of the White Mountain Classic, the Gila Ridge boys basketball team made up for it in the second game.
The Hawks beat Sedona Red Rock 86-38 after falling to Maricopa 39-28 in a semifinal of the consolation portion of the tournament.
“We didn't hit any shots. We couldn't get anything going offensively,” Hawks coach Joe Daily said about the loss to Maricopa.
However, in the win over Sedona Red Rock, junior guard Chase Schill had a team-high 21 points — including the first 12 of the game for the Hawks. A.J. Mays scored 14 points for Gila Ridge and junior point guard Marcus Weeks was named to the all-tournament team.
Shamrocks defeat Lake Havasu
The No. 3 Yuma Catholic boys basketball team struggled a little from the floor but played well enough to beat Lake Havasu 43-27 at home on Friday night.
Sophomore guard Jagan Cleary had a team-high 14 points, sophomore point guard Carter Rodriguez added 12 and sophomore post Matt Pistone added 11.
“We were rusty. We were missing a lot of open shots,” Yuma Catholic coach Brooks Neumann said.
The Shamrocks (6-0) travel to Lake Havasu on Tuesday.