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Mar 212014
 

Sun Valley Indian School hosted its inaugural Native Showcase basketball tournament Feb. 25. Joining SVIS in the tourney were Wide Ruins and two Pine Springs teams.
SVIS challenged Pine Springs No. 1 in the first game, and came out on top.
The second game featured Wide Ruins and Pine Springs No. 2. The game was close in the third quarter, with a number of ties and lead changes, but ultimately Wide Ruins fell short. Pine Springs No. 2 got the victory and the right to meet SVIS in the championship game.
The third place game between Wide Ruins and Pine Springs No. 1 was won early by Pine Springs. Wide Ruins had played a game immediately prior to the third place match and could not recover from the emotional loss and fatigue.
The championship game between SVIS and Pine Springs No. 2 was exciting to the end. Sun Valley got off to a slight advantage and maintained it throughout the game. The bench came into play with significant minutes to allow the starters to remain fresh, and demonstrated a passion for the game by diving for loose balls and creating havoc on defense.
All in all, the tournament successfully pitted three schools with similar desires to create a fun and loving environment for the students. The efforts will continue to pay off in the future and life lessons continue to be learned through the sport of basketball.
The SVIS varsity ended the season with a 3-5 overall record. The record initially earned the fourth seed in the Desert Pine League Tournament. While the Warriors won the first game handily against Sequoia, 27-7, the following games were another matter.
Facing No. 1 St. Anthony’s in the first game at Tonto Basin, the SVIS Warriors could not prevail. The Warriors took an early lead at 4-3 midway through the first quarter, but were not able to hold it and fell behind substantially. The score was better than in the first game between the two opponents, but the first seed prevailed 33-11. St. Anthony’s eventually fell to No. 3 Mountain Christian School in the final.
The third place game followed 20 minutes later and the Warriors were feeling a bit tired. Tonto Basin, both the No. 2 seed and home team, took advantage of SVIS’ tired legs and jumped out to an early lead. At halftime the score was 22-5. The Warriors got their legs under them, though, and finally came to life in a way that made Coach Miller excited about the future. The Warriors dug deep, not wanting their season to end, and fought back. The defense stepped up tremendously. In the end, however, the Warriors could not pull off the miracle. With a final score of 33-27, their coach was still excited about their “heart” and passion demonstrated at Tonto Basin.
Coach Miller is looking forward to the bright future of the program as four starters will return next season. With this in mind, if your son or daughter needs time on the court and is not getting it because they have not developed physically, give the office a call at (928) 524-6211. SVIS wants to develop talented basketball players who can follow in the footsteps of those alumni in the past who have gone on to play for both the Holbrook Lady Roadrunners and the Roadrunners.

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