An additional day of practice and preparation provided a big boost for the Warriors in a runaway 70-46 blowout victory over Mira Monte in the Division III playoffs.
After the Warriors’ game was postponed from Wednesday to Thursday due to highway weather conditions, Tehachapi played the undercard in a CIF playoff home double-header with the varsity girls, breezing to an easy victory over the Lions.
Mountain Basketball took a commanding 21-9 lead after the first quarter when Jonny Saavedra connected on one of his three three-pointers at the buzzer, with the standout freshmen closing out the game with 13 points overall.
Ryan Flick also contributed with a game high 20 points, including 4-4 at the free throw line and two three pointers, while Dakota Medovitch had nine points and Dalton Scaggs had eight points.
Isaiah Johnson also had a pair of three pointers to help the Warriors to seven long distance connections overall in the game, while Caeleb Roney also had six points and Nathan Hedberg, Micah Fjeld and Chris Llamas combined for eight points.
The victory over Mira Monte was the third this year for Tehachapi, with the Warriors defeating the Lions 48-47 and 64-62 in preseason tournaments.
After the first round win, Tehachapi was forced to regroup the next day to play Kern County’s top team and Division III no. 1 seed Independence. Unfortunately, the quick game turnaround resulted in an 80-38 loss in Bakersfield to end the season.
Flick was the high scorer in the losing effort with 10 points, followed by Johnson with nine points, Scaggs with eight points, Saavedra with seven points and Fjeld with four points.
Mountain Basketball ended the season with a 15-14 winning record in 29 games. According to thswarriors.com webmaster Vince Elizondo, the season marked nine-straight winning seasons and playoff appearances for head coach Chris Olofson.
Seniors ending their basketball tenure for Tehachapi High this season were Ryan Flick, Dalton Scaggs and Andrew Baquerizo.
Tehachapi (11-10; 7-3 SEYL) finished with a pair of wins over Foothill 56-42 and Garces 67-57 to close out their season with a winning record overall.
Nick Madden and Mikey Phillips both had 12 points in the win over Foothill, with Thomas Blewett recording six points, six assists and two steals.
Ryan Hanzel also had a double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds against the Trojans, while Phil Baquerizo had six points and eight rebounds and Wyatt Newman, Andy Smith and Nathan Collier combined for eight points.
Against Garces, Baquerizo had nine points, eight rebound and two blocks, while Madden and Phillips were the high scorers with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Thomas Blewett also had 10 points and Trey Abarquez had six points and five rebounds.
In that same week, the Braves also had a 48-40 loss to North, with Phillips recording 12 points and five steals and Madden 11 points, eight rebound and three steals. Blewett also had seven points and six steals, Jacob Gonzalez four points and eight rebounds and Baquerizo six points and 11 rebounds.