By Sam Conner
The Bulldogs have completed their summer program against tough competition in San Diego, Calif., according to Winslow High School basketball coach Ricky Greer. The Bulldogs lost four of the seven games played there against some very talented, well coached teams. Winslow finished the summer with an excellent 19-8 record, including winning the prestigious Durango, Colo., Tournament with victories over some of the largest and most talented teams in New Mexico and Colorado.
Last Friday Winslow started tournament play in San Diego with a 53-47 overtime loss to Olympian High School from Chula Vista, Calif. The Bulldogs actually had a three-point lead when Olympia tied the game on a long three-point shot with just two seconds left in regulation play. Milland Thomas led the Bulldogs with eight points in a game where most of the players scored.
The second game on Friday resulted in a 65-44 win for the Bulldogs over Foothills Christian High School of El Cajon, Calif. The Bulldogs had three players in double figures as Frank Kelly led the team with 13 points while Austyn Mattox scored 12 and Stevin Nelson added 11. According to Coach Greer this was a tall team and the Bulldogs did a good job on post play.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs started with a 51-40 loss to San Ysidro High School from Chula Vista. Coach Greer said that this was the most complete team they played and that the Bulldogs had actually played well against a very large and talented team.
A 68-22 loss to Beverly Hills High School from Los Angeles was the second game for the Bulldogs on Saturday, and one they played with little energy.
Fortunately, they bounced back well in their final game on Saturday with a 55-36 win over Linfield Christian High School from Temecula, Calif. Keenan Keams led the Bulldogs with 16 points.
On Sunday, Winslow beat Malibu High School 59-57 in a hard fought contest. Keams lead the Bulldogs with 17 points. Thomas added 13 and Nelson scored 12.
The final game of the tournament was a 46-40 loss to Arcadia High School from Scottsdale. The Bulldogs were led by Keams with 16 points. Winslow had foul trouble and nearly half of Arcadia’s points were from the free throw line.
Bulldogs making the trip to San Diego included seniors Keenan Keams, Stevin Nelson, Milland Thomas, Vincenzio Sells, Trevor Begay, Frank Kelly, Jesi Bitsoi, Andrew Greenwood, Cory Dixon and Demetrius Gamez, juniors Austyn Mattox and Trelonnie Sanders, and sophomores Trelonnie Sanders and Nathan Hanley.
Coach Greer said that the trip to San Diego had been fun for all, including the trip to Sea World the day before tournament play began. He added that he was pleased with the way the team played in the summer and is looking forward to the 2013-14 season.
By Sam Conner