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Warriors win big to advance to finals of Lake Arthur Tourney

Adrian Guillen goes up for a jump shot against Jal in Lake Arthur Tourney Friday. The freshman center had 35 points in the close loss. (Evelin Orona Photo)

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LAKE ARTHUR – The Gateway Warrior boys basketball team easily advanced to the finals of the annual Lake Arthur basketball tourney with a big 56-28 victory over the Dexter JV. The Warriors (3-1) used their height advantage to dominate the boards and give the young Demons almost second-chance opportunities at the hoop.

Warriors used two big threes in the opening quarter from Jaydon Stephens to set the pace as the Warriors led 14-3 after one. Stephens would finish with 11 points while playing a key role defensively with the Demons’ point guards.

The Warriors would stretch the lead to 25-10 at the half and then break it open in the third to lead 48-15 heading into the final frame. The Demons made a small run late, but it was too little to make a significant dent in the score.

Alonzo Grajeda would lead the Warriors with 16 points – including a perfect 6 for 6 from the line – and Wes Tipton would chip in 15 points while also garnering a host of blocks and boards.

The Warriors opened the tourney with a resounding 55-11 victory on Thursday over the tourney hosts – the Lake Arthur Panthers. The Warriors raced out to an 18-4 lead after one and then held the Panthers scoreless in the second quarter for a 26-4 lead at the half.

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Gateway used a huge third quarter to lead 46-9 heading into the final frame to the final of 55-11. Joel Perry with 13 and Riley Arnold with 10 – both off the bench led the Warriors while freshman Adrian Guillen had 6 for the Panthers.

The Panthers did a much better job in their consolation match on Friday afternoon, but still fell to Jal 67-54. Guillen had a monster game with a season-high 35 points, but the hosts could not contain the duo of Daniel Jones and Josh Cervantes who combined for 44 points for the visitors.

The Panthers play Corona for 7th place while the Gateway Warriors play Loving for the championship at 2:30 pm in Lake Arthur.

Girls Tourney

The Gateway Lady Warrior squad fell to tourney favorite Loving 53-30 in Friday’s semifinal as they were overwhelmed by a much deeper, faster Falcon team. The Warriors were led by guard Sierra Fresquez with 8 points until she went down with a knee injury. Senior point guard Megun Balok chipped in 7, but, ultimately, the Lady Warriors could not overcome a big 23-10 opening period deficit. In Thursday’s opener, they fell behind early to the Dexter JV, but recovered and coasted to an easy win.

The host Lake Arthur Lady Panthers fell to 0-7 on the year as they took it on the chin with a 59-9 loss to the Jal Panthers in Friday’s consolation game. The hosts were held scoreless in the second half. Kelsie Smith led Lake Arthur with 5 points.

In the opener on Thursday evening, the Panthers had a better offensive showing but fell to district foe Corona 55-20. The Cardinals had a commanding 33-11 lead at the half and added to it in the second half. The Panthers were led by Smith and Nayeli Caro who both had seven points. The Cardinals got 29 from Faith Riley.

The Demons play the Dexter JV for 7th place while the Cardinals get the Lady Warriors of Gateway for 3rd place.

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