Mountain Basketball opened up their first action of the season by taking fourth place overall at the Rosamond Holiday Classic.
Tehachapi (2-2) defeated Arvin 78-50 and Rosamond 75-74 (overtime) and fell to Quartz Hill 61-49 and Eastside-Lancaster (64-56) in four total games played.
In the final game of the tournament, a third-place game against Eastside-Lancaster, the Warriors were tied 45-45 after three quarters but could not edge out the Lions in the final period in a 64-56 loss. Tehachapi went 10-11 in free throws in the game, led by Nathan Deaville’s 13 points (6-6 in free throws). Riley Thomson also chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds, while Ben Dayton had six rebounds and Nate Pumphrey and Deaville each had three assists.
In the loss against Quartz Hill, Johnson (12), Deaville (9) and Dayton (8) were the leading scorers and Pumphrey (10) and Thomson (8) were the leaders in rebounds. Pumphrey also logged in four assists.
Tehachapi opened up the game with a 9-0 lead against Quartz Hill, with JJ Johnson coming off the bench to hit four of the Warriors’ 11 three-pointers in the game. Tehachapi led 36-34 after three quarters after Dayton hit a half court buzzer beater, but the Rebels then finished out the game on a 27-13 run.
“It’s about execution and finishing. We did well in each game through three quarters but we need to execute our plays as they were designed and close out,” said head coach Louie Saavedra.
Tehachapi opened up the tournament with a win over Arvin. Dayton (22), Deaville (14), John Montgomery (10) and Pumphrey (7) led the team in scoring, while Nathan Wight, Alec Rowbottom, Thomson and Montgomery all had five rebounds and Jared Carol had a team-high four assists. Dayton scored 11 points in first quarter alone and hit 5-8 from three-point range, scoring his 22 points on just 12 shots.
The Warriors also had an overtime victory over Rosamond. Johnson (14), Deaville (11), Wight (10), Trevor Medovitch (9) and Dayton (8) were the leading scorers and Rowbottom and Dayton each had eight rebounds. Pumphrey also chipped in with five assists and four steals.
As a team, the Warriors had 12 three-pointers, with Johnson securing four and Medovitch three from outside range, respectively. The Warriors led by as many as 23 points in the second half before Rosamond surged to tie the game at the conclusion of regulation. Wight guided Tehachapi to a win down the stretch, registering six points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the fourth quarter and overtime alone to secure the 75-74 win.
“Overall, this was a good first couple of games for us. We learned to be unselfish and making the extra pass, getting everyone involved and using the entire team,” added Saavedra.
The Warriors will be in action again this Tuesday in their first home game of the season against Burroughs-Ridgecrest, with tip off slated for 6:30 p.m. Tehachapi will also be participating in the Kern Schools Federal Credit Union Tourney this week, with an opening round game against Shafter at 8 p.m. on the North-Bakersfield High campus.