Last Second Shot Lifts Weimar Hills To Tourney Title

Warriors earn berth to Crescent City TOC
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Services
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There was plenty of fast paced action at last weekend’s Warrior Classic boys 8th grade tournament hosted by Weimar Hills Middle School. And when the dust had cleared, it was the host Warriors who emerged has top dog by using a last second basket to pull off a win in the championship game. In a 16-team tournament which was contested at two sites, brought together teams from the foothills and Nevada and included a total of 24 games, the host Warriors used Austin Mulderig’s offensive put-back with one second on the clock to lift the Warriors to a 46-45 win over Seven Hills in Saturday afternoon’s thrilling championship game. With the victory, Weimar Hills earns an automatic berth to the 42nd annual Crescent City Tournament of Champions set for March 6-7 in Del Norte County. The Weimar Hills win capped an exciting weekend of play which saw four NCAL teams advance to the semi-final round and one more NCAL team pick up a consolation bracket trophy. Here’s a recap of the weekend’s games: Championship Weimar Hills 46 Seven Hills 45 – The two NCAL teams went at it tooth and nail for four quarters before the Warriors used Mulderig’s last second hoop for the difference. Seven Hills led 18-12 after a quarter but Weimar clawed back to tie the game 25-all at halftime. After Seven Hills led 35-32 at the end of the third quarter, Weimar forged to a 44-39 lead before Seven Hills’ Kyle Upton drained a pair of three-pointers to push the Raiders on top by one. After a Weimar miss with 20 seconds to play, the Warriors were forced to foul and Seven Hills obliged by missing the front end of a one and one situation. Weimar then called time with 13 seconds left to set up a final play that ended with a mad scramble in the key, an off-balance shot and Mulderig’s timely follow. Will Buell’s 14 points led the Warriors while Ryan Glazner added 10 more and 14 rebounds. Matt Larson chipped in with seven more and Devon Loomis and Taylor Dorsey added six and five respectively. For Seven Hills, Lenny Kirshbaum’s 12 points, 11 from Sean Zuccaro and eight from Ryan McCarthy led the way. 3rd Place Magnolia 54 Pleasant Valley 51 – The Rattlers led 34-22 at halftime and 42-33 enterting the final quarter before weathering a late charge by the Vikings. Derek Ross’ 16 points 14 from Justin Beskeen led the Rattlers. Jared Cook scored 15 and Tanner Vallejo 13 for the Vikings. Travis Hansen chipped in with nine more. Blue Division 5th Place Franklin 36 Loomis 31 – In a battle of two Loomis schools, Eric Haynes tallied 14 points to lead the Trojans to the win. Franklin, which led, 26-17, at the end of three quarters, also received eight points from Josh Krieger and six by Brenden Montoya. Zach LaBar’s nine points, six from Cody Kenney and five from Stephen Smith topped Loomis. White Division 5th Place Eagle Valley 52 Penryn 48 – The Eagles from Carson City led 31-20 at halftime and then held off a second half charge by the Panthers to get the trophy game win. Matt Nolan scored 13 points and Logan Krupp added 10 to lead Eagle Valley. Zac Hudson and Sage Smith scored seven each more for the winners. For Penryn, Trevor Pistochini ‘s 26 points led the way while Skyler Rand added 12 and Dustin Penn-Henry scored 10. Blue Division 7th Place Gilmore 51 Union Hill 37 - Ian Davis tallied 16 points and Cody Gardener added 12 has Gilmore topped NCAL rival Union Hill in the Blue Division 7th place trophy game. Cody Manes and Brandon Dellis added seven each for the Bombers while Jason Mickel and Matt Spillner led Union Hill with 20 and seven points respectively. White Division 7th Place Newcastle 44 Karperos 26 – Tyler Lipsmeyer and Tanner Williams each scored 10 points and Collin Mitchel added nine has the Knights topped their Yuba City foe for 7th place in the White Division. Semi-Finals Weimar Hills 40 Magnolia 33 – The Warriors held Magnolia to one first half field goal in racing out to a 21-8 margin and then expanding it to 32-12 at the end of three quarters. However, Magnolia made things interesting with a 21-point third quarter but the Warriors were able to keep their pouise down the stretch. Matt Larson’s 10 points, eight each from Devon Loomis and Ryan Glazner and six by Will Buell led Weimar. Cody Heard’s 15 points topped Magnolia. Seven Hills 46 Pleasant Valley 36 – The Raiders outscored the Vikings, 23-15, in a tell-tale second half to pull off the semi-final win. Dalton McClure was a big key factor in the win as he tallied 20 points. Kirshbaum added 13 more while Wes Messer and Tanner Vallejo scored 12 each for the Vikings. Quarter-Finals Pleasant Valley 41 Eagle Valley 31 – The Vikings, trailing 18-11 at hafltime, made some second half adjustments pay off handsomely in the come from behind win over a 22-1 Eagle Valley team. Jared Cook’s 13 points, 11 from Wes Messer and nine each from Kyle Cota and Tanner Vallejo helped lift the Lake Wildwood cagers to the win. Weimar Hills 40 Franklin 30 – Ryan Glazner’s 12 points, 10 from Matt Larson and nine by Taylor Dorsey sparked the Warriors over the Trojans. Clay Southerland, Paul Ramseth and Sean Dougherty also played key minutes for the Warriors. Josh Kreiger’s 11 points and 10 from Justin Voss sparked Franklin. Seven Hills 46 Penryn 44 – Lenny Kirshbaum’s 8 foot jumper with seven seconds to play brought the Raiders back from a 32-16 halftime deficit and the slim quarter-final win. Sean Zuccaro scored 12 of his team-high 21 points in the second half while Kirshbaum added 11. Trevor Pistochini hit for 29 markers in the loss for Penryn. Trevor Sloss followed with seven. Magnolia 38 Loomis 20 – After a low scoring tight first half which left Magnolia ahead, 10-9, the Rattlers outside shooting broke the game open. Derrick Ross, with five treys, led the way with 15 points while Justin Beskeen added 10. Aaron Freeman’s seven led the way for Loomis. Warrior Classic All-Tournament Weimar Hills - Ryan Glazner, Matt Larson, Will Buell. Seven Hills - Lenny Kirshbaum, Dalton McClure, Sean Zuccaro. Magnolia - Derek Ross. Pleasant Valley - Tanner Vallejo Eagle Valley - Matt Nolan Loomis - Aaron Freeman Penryn - Trevor Pistochini Franklin - Josh Kreiger Tournament Hi-Scorer - Pistochini, Penryn (71).