Thirteen teams from seven different local schools spent all day Saturday, Feb. 18 competing in the Fourth Annual Irma De la Vega Basketball Tournament which was held in the Douglas High School gym.
Games began shortly before 9 a.m. and continued throughout the day finishing shortly before 5 p.m. as CAS defeated Stevenson Elementary 9-8 in overtime in the boys championship game.
The two teams met earlier in the semifinals which CAS won by two points advancing them into the finals while Stevenson went into the consolation finals where they would beat Faras Elementary 19-2 getting them back into the finals. Faras would finish third in the boys tournament which had seven teams.
In the championship game and with an if game pending, the two teams were tied 8-8 at the end of regulation. The contest moved into overtime where the two teams entered into a free throw shootout.
Both Stevenson and CAS selected five players to shoot free throws. Stevenson struck first hitting its second free throw. CAS tied the score when its third shooter connected. Tied 1-1 and down to the final free throw shooter of the round, CAS’ shooter connected giving them the championship.
In the girls tournament Clawson Elementary defeated Stevenson Elementary 8-0 in the championship game of that tournament which had six teams.
Joe Carlson finished third falling to Stevenson 8-4 in the consolation finals.
After the tournament, Richard De la Vega said it was great seeing so many smiling faces Saturday.
“All of the games were great to watch,” he said. “The kids looked very well prepared and focused.”
De La Vega added he appreciated the support of the community who showed up to watch the kids and cheer them on.
“On behalf of the De la Vega family we would like to thank Mr. Aguallo, Mr. Walker and all of our student volunteers from the DHS boys basketball team; St. Bernard’s confirmation class, all of our volunteer coaches plus all the principals for allowing their coaches and students to participate,” he said. “A special thank you to Mr. Eduardo Molina who spent countless hours getting the brackets done, preparing the details and helping out so much during the tournament. This tournament would not be possible without all of their help. Also a special thanks to DHS for loaning us the gym for a day. We look forward to next year’s tournament.”
Douglas Bulldog Basketball Coach John Batty said his players that donated their time to referee games at the tournament were: Kevin Padilla, Christian Lopez, Alonzo Tapia, Jesus Lujan, Samuel Ramos, John Ballesteros , Ryan Arzac, David Rodriguez and Bryan Rodriguez.