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Tri-State Classic in Las Vegas

Tri-State Classic in Las Vegas
Hurricane 72, Sunrise Mountain (Nev.) 28
Hurricane 52, Mountain View (Ut.) 39

Jackson Last continues to lead the state in scoring (25.3 points a game), though he had a modest 23 against Sunrise Mountain and 24 vs. Mountain View.

In the early game, Hurricane played perhaps its best game of the year. The Tigers were running and gunning in the first half and built an amazing 48-18 halftime advantage.

“Sunrise Mountain played Lowry to a two-point game and we barely beat Lowry,” Hurricane coach Todd Langston said. “This was just a case of we played the best we’ve ever played. Everyone was involved and we moved ball and got good shots.”

With that win, Hurricane completed pool play with a 3-0 record and moved into the semifinals of the tournament. Awaiting them was Mountain View, from Orem.

“They’re the ones who beat us in the championship of this tournament last year, so we were pretty fired up to play them,” Langston said. “It was a satisfying win today, but it was an ugly game. It got really rough.”

The Tigers led 8-2 in a low-scoring opening period, then held to a 17-12 advantage at intermission.

“It got a little rugged, and we turned the ball over too much,” Langston said. “But even with that, we shot the ball pretty well – 48 percent – and we beat them pretty handily.”

Xayden Jackman had a couple of baskets to lead an 18-4 run to start the third quarter and the game was never close after that.

Last’s 24 points were complemented with Jackman’s 12 and Reagan Marshall’s nine. Hurricane made 16 of 24 free throws and outrebounded Mt. View 29-23.

The Tigers (7-3) have won six straight and will face tournament host Desert Oasis in the championship of the platinum bracket Friday at 3 p.m. (PST). The Diamondbacks feature Nevada’s leading scorer in Jacob Heese, who had 28 in their win over an Arizona school in the semifinals and is notching 29.3 points and 11.6 rebounds a game.