Clinging to a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter, Mountain View's undefeated Yellowjackets outscored Concord 20-9 to pull away for a 64-52 win over the Pirates on Saturday in the finals of the Lyon College Invitational Tournament.
“They are just big and physical inside and their two guards are really good,” said Concord Coach Keith Cornett. “When their bigs play as good as they did tonight it was just hard for us to guard. They are a really good team and we didn't play our best game but we get to go over there on Jan. 4 and we are looking forward to that opportunity.”
The Yellowjackets (11-0) built a 19-12 lead after the first quarter as guard Tanner Holt poured in eight points, while guard Tyler Luster and forward Hunter Buchanan each scored four points and center Ethan Farris popped a three-pointer up top, sparking a 9-0 run as Mountain View jumped out to a 15-9 lead.
Concord (17-2) stayed in the game with eight points from point guard Jacob Roark and two each from forward Hanse Bowman and power forward Ethan Hebert, whose putback at the buzzer sliced the Pirates' deficit to seven heading into the second quarter.
Trailing 26-18 after Luster hit a double-clutch shot in transition, the Pirates used a quick 5-0 spurt to pull within three as Bowman drained a three-pointer from left corner and Roark hesitated then blew past his defender down the left baseline for a layup.
Holt responded with a three-pointer from top of the key but Hebert sank a jumper from right elbow then both teams ensured a drought for the final 2:10 of the first half, leaving Mountain View with a 29-25 lead at halftime.
In an action-packed, fast-paced third quarter, Concord chipped away at its deficit, starting when swingman
Ryan Cornelison buried a jump shot from right elbow. Guard Jordan Wilcox quickly answered with a driving layup for the Yellowjackets before Hebert scored inside off an assist from Roark.
The Yellowjackets pushed their lead to 34-29 with a bucket in the paint from Wilcox and free throw by Luster but Cornelison curled around a screen and hit a jumper off an assist from Hebert.
After Farris, who scored 10 points in the third quarter, filled the lane and finished with a tip-in, Hebert pulled down an offensive rebound and scored while drawing contact. Hebert completed the three-point play then
Roark dropped a driving floater, tying the game at 36-all midway through the third period.
Farris fired back with a pair of free throws before Roark ripped a three-pointer up top, giving the Pirates their first advantage since leading 4-0 early in the first quarter.
But, Concord's lead didn't last long as Farris hit a tough 10-foot leaner from right side before Bowman slashed left baseline and dropped a floater over Farris, who quickly answered as the two teams exchanged leads again.
Page 2 of 2 - Bowman retaliated with a basket in transition as the Pirates jumped back on top, 43-42, but Mountain View snatched the lead for good when Farris used an up and under move to score from right block.
Leading 44-43 entering the fourth quarter, Farris notched a stick back then forward Eli Gibson hit a pair of free throws before Roark nailed a step-back three-pointer from right elbow, trimming Mountain View's lead to 48-46.
The Yellowjackets gained some breathing room with consecutive baskets from Wilcox and Holt, who completed an old-fashioned three-point play off a strong drive.
Roark hit two free throws to keep the Pirates within striking distance but Luster drilled a three-pointer from left corner off an assist from Wilcox and moments later Holt canned two free throws as Mountain View began to pull away.
Holt led Mountain View with 20 points, Farris added 17, Luster had 12 and Wilcox finished with eight.
Roark, who earned all-tournament team honors, led the Pirates with a game-high 28 points. Bowman, who was also selected to the all-tournament team, followed with 11 points and Hebert added nine.
Concord beat Cave City 75-70 and Cedar Ridge 64-62 en route to the final game despite a sub-par shooting performance. “We haven't shot the ball too well during this tournament,” said Concord Coach Keith Cornett.
In Friday's win over Cedar Ridge, Roark pumped in 29 points and Cornelison followed with 15, while Bowman had 12 and Hebert finished with six.