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RedHawks 4th at home tourney
The Pirates stormed back in the fourth quarter to topple host Colusa High in the third-place game of the 33rd annual Georgia Raczniak Christmas Tournament on Saturday.
Wheatland (6-5) overcame a five-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter and outscored Colusa 17-8 down the stretch as the RedHawks made just two field goals and shot 4 for 7 from the free-throw line.
Justin Hawkins scored seven of his 11 points and guard Khalil Collier converted on 4 of 6 free throws in the final quarter to help the Pirates pull off the comeback.
Colusa (6-6) built a 33-28 lead at halftime as five RedHawks put at least four points on the board. In the second half, just four players scored, as only Max Moreno, Hayden Bailey and R.J. Phillips scored more than two points.
Moreno, an all-tournament selection, scored 14 points while making all six free throws he attempted, and Bailey drained three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Phillips contributed nine points and Shane Saso added eight to cap off a strong tournament.
Jimmy Pipkins netted 11 points, and Jackson Hopking and Collier tallied 10 points. Wheatland's coach, Jim Vossler, posted the third-highest single game scoring total with 37 points as a player for Colusa in 1984.
Hoopa Valley won the tournament title with a 66-47 victory against Gridley, and Corning beat Winters 65-33 to win the consolation bracket.
Gridley 62, Colusa 48
A dominant second half landed the Gridley in the championship game of the tournament on Friday night.
Shobi Khan dragged the Bulldogs (5-6) back from a first-half deficit with a 3-pointer and five free throws in the second quarter as they led 30-28 at halftime.
"We didn't start the game very well. We missed a lot of layups and free throws early on, but we fought back, and I was happy with our defense in the second, third and fourth quarters," Gridley coach Nathan Link said.
Grayson Wedin and Samuel Cota made the lead stick with big plays in the third quarter. By the start of the fourth, Gridley led 48-37.
Khan finished with a game-high 20 points, Cota posted 14 points and Wedin contributed eight points. Emery Haddy connected on three second-half 3-pointers and finished with 10 points, and Quinn Spring scored all eight of his points in the first half.
The RedHawks were ice cold from the outside all night, hitting just one 3-pointer after their 19-point first quarter.
"I told the team, we've got to contain — they want to get to the rim and the free throw line. Everybody's got to help. It's got to be all five guys guarding the ball, and we did a better job of that and adjusting to their speed," Link said.
Max Moreno paced Colusa with 14 points and Shane Saso added 10. Four RedHawk players scored four points.
Colusa 65, Winters 45
The RedHawks opened their home tournament with a 65-45 blowout victory Thursday against a Warriors team which handed them a two-point defeat earlier this season.
"I have to admit, a little revenge was on our mind, but we've gotten better just in that week and a half," Colusa coach Brian Davis said.
Moreno engineered the high-octane pace, scoring 22 points with wild-but under control slashes to the hoop. Moreno converted on 10 of 13 free throws.
Winters (7-5) struggled against the RedHawks' press and never had a chance to get into rhythm. Colusa (6-4) boasts a deep bench which allowed Davis to keep fresh and effective bodies cycling onto the court.
Eleven other RedHawk players scored as they earned a chance to play Gridley in the semifinals. Shane Saso chipped in nine points, R.J. Phillips scored eight and Hayden Bailey added seven.
T.J. Anderson led Winters with 21 points.
The matchup between Colusa and Winters was the only game between competitors familiar with each other. The tournament boasted three new teams this year; Hoopa Valley, Golden Sierra and Western Sierra.
"We've got to get ready for league and a good push in the playoffs so we bring out anybody we can, bigger schools, we'll take them," Davis said.
CONTACT Kirk Barron at 749-4789