January 7, 2009 > Tim Cole Memorial Tournament
Tim Cole Memorial Tournament
By Gary van den Huevel
American High School played host to the Tim Cole Memorial Tournament, which was held at the end of December. The Eagles fell a little bit short in their attempt to win their event, falling in the third-place game, 67-65, to the San Lorenzo Rebels.
American had a nice lead of 11 points at halftime, but San Lorenzo picked up the tempo with 45 second-half points, led by Damien Stewart's 18. A last-second 3-pointer by American's Saidomar Temor only served to make the score closer. Temore had a phenomenal game though, draining a school-record nine 3-pointers, and leading all scorers with 28 points.
One of Temor's 3-pointers gave the Eagles a seven-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter, but the hosts couldn't hold off the Rebels' charge. American's last lead, at 57-56, came with 3:04 left in the game, but Stewart hit a 3 on the next possession and San Lorenzo didn't look back.
American emerged from the tournament with a 5-6 record.
The Irvington Vikings saw their record drop to 4-7 in their first tournament game, a 54-46 loss to the undefeated Piedmont Hills Pirates. Irvington actually led 23-22 after a first half dominated by defense, and they still clung to that one-point lead after three quarters. But the Pirates took their game up to a higher level, outscoring the Vikings, 17-8, for the win. John Lang scored half of Irvington's points, posting 23 in the loss, which included hitting 11 free throws in 12 attempts.
Lang scored 21 in the Vikings' next contest, a 67-63 win over the Antioch Panthers. Irvington rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Antioch 24-17. Scott Seymour contributed 14 points and Ryan Grant chipped in with 13.
The Vikings came out of the tournament with a 5-8 record after a one-sided loss to Clayton Valley, 55-39. Clayton Valley had been American's first-round opponent, with American triumphing 52-47.