Friday, March 25, 2005

Jivaro clashes with Phoenix for men's title

In Sutton and Sons basketball

Express Staff Writer

Jivaro Headhunters, shooting the lights out, built leads of 25 to 30 points and defeated Sawtooth Paint/Soundwave 73-51 in the semi-final game of the 2005 Sutton & Sons men's basketball tournament Tuesday night on the Hailey hardwoods.

The #3-seeded Headhunters (14-3) earned a date with the unbeaten, top-seeded Phoenix Bar & Grill sharpshooters (15-0) for the championship of the 10-team tournament Thursday at The Community Campus gym.

Jivaro's Darrell Tullis pumped in 14 of his game-high 23 points before intermission and the Headhunters extended their 38-27 halftime lead with a big burst early in the second half. Stunned, #2-seeded Sawtooth Paint/Soundwave (13-4) regrouped.

Led by David Morgan (14 points), Sawtooth Paint/Soundwave cut its deficit to 12 points with eight minutes remaining, but Jay Fry (13 points) and Mike Payne (19 points) took over for 2001-03 league champion Jivaro Headhunters and put the game away.

Ron Harrison (two 3-pointers) added 8 points and Erik Lisk 6 for Jivaro Headhunters. For Sawtooth Paint, Jeff Burrell (three 3-balls) led the way with 15 points, Luke Macdonald had 9 and Sean Johnson 8.

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