Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Growing Concern upsets Jivaro 63-62 in Outlaw League final

Injury ends deciding game in Hailey twinbill


By JEFF CORDES
Express Staff Writer

Reshard Livingston of Sun Valley Auto Body/Growing Concern Hair Design puts up a shot over Erik Lisk of Jivaro Headhunters during Thursday’s Outlaw League championship game at The Community Campus gym in Hailey.

Rallying from a 10-point halftime deficit, coach Lewis Garza's Sun Valley Auto Club/Growing Concern men's basketball team (14-5) won the Outlaw League tournament title Thursday with a 63-62 decision over two-time defending league champion Jivaro Headhunters (12-5) in Hailey.

The match-up of youth (Growing Concern) against experience (Jivaro) boiled down to an "if necessary" game played immediately after the first 50-minute running clock championship game.

And the "if necessary" also went to Growing Concern Hair Design 21-18 when an injury reduced Jivaro to four players with fully 35 minutes left.

It was Growing Concern's fourth win this season without a loss over #2-seeded Jivaro. Garza's #4-seeded squad won five straight and ended up 6-1 in the 10-team city tourney after a second-round loss to top-seeded Sturges Productions.

For much of Thursday's final night of the Sun Valley Company/Power Engineers Men's Basketball season, it looked like a coronation and three-peat for Jivaro.

Last year's champions relentlessly hammered the ball inside, out-rebounded Growing Concern 21-13 before half and took a 38-28 halftime lead.

The leader of Jivaro was a real warrior, Erik Lisk (game-high 21 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists). As it turned out, Growing Concern had more stamina and balance. They put four players and nearly six in double figures in the first game.

Camas County High School product Steve Vouch, arriving at The Community Campus gym late because of a work trip to Boise, entered the first game with 14:30 left in the second half and Growing Concern trailing 48-41. His return fueled an 11-2 Growing Concern run that gave the champions a 55-54 lead.

Vouch proceeded to score 10 points including a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left trimming Jivaro's lead to 62-61, then Vouch made the winning free throws with 13 seconds left.

Other Growing Concern scorers: Chase Lee of Camas County 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists; Reshard Livingston 12 points, 3 boards, 2 assists; Danny Sibrian 11 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists; Eric Stumpner 9 points, 16 boards, 2 steals; and Kenny Umana 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Although Jivaro played without last year's MVP Darrell Tullis, Growing Concern played without Fernando Murga, their leading scorer in a 78-73 semi-final victory over Sturges March 9. Murga had returned to his native Peru.

Other Jivaro scorers were Mike Payne 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists; Eric Dobbie 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists; Dan Willett 5 points, 6 rebounds; Mike Schlatter 5 points, 6 boards, 3 assists; and Ben Sinnamon 4 points.

In the "if necessary" game, Jivaro led 5-0, 12-3 and 14-7 in the early going.

But Growing Concern had too much spring left in its collective legs and rallied back into a 19-18 lead on a pair of Stumpner free throws. With 10 minutes left in the first half Chase Lee completed a two-on-one fast break on a pass from Sibrian and Lisk went down with a knee injury defending the play. The game ended.

Lisk (10 points, 4 boards) led Jivaro in the abbreviated second game helped by Dobbie (4 points). Scoring for Growing Concern were Stumpner and Lee 7 points each, and Vouch 5. Point guard Sibrian had 3 assists and Vouch 2 as the champions ran the floor well in their final rally.

Sun Valley Co./Power Engineers Men's Basketball League

Final city tournament standings

TEAM, SEASON REC, RECORD. OFF, AVG. DEF, AVG.

SV Auto/Grow Concern (8-4) 6-1 453 (72.4) 410 (65.6)

Jivaro Headhunters (9-3) 3-2 260 (61.2) 235 (55.3)

Sturges Productions (12-0). 2-2 278 (69.5) 257 (64.3)

Rocky Mtn./Soundwave (9-3) 2-2 278 (69.5) 240 (60.0)

Wicked Spud/Thornton (4-8) 2-2 231 (57.8) 269 (67.3)

Prof. Roof/Home Media (5-7) 2-2 270 (67.5) 288 (72.0)

Coeneo (3-9) 1-2 150 (50.0) 164 (54.7)

Atkinsons' Market (4-8) 1-2 193 (64.3) 211 (70.3)

Sutton's (3-9) 0-2 90 (45.0) 109 (54.5)

Bigwood Auto/BCRD (3-9) 0-2 112 (56.0) 132 (66.0)

CITY TOURNAMENT RESULTS

SV Auto Club/Growing Concern 21, Jivaro Headhunters 18—championship, cut short by injury

SV Auto Club/Growing Concern 63, Jivaro Headhunters 62 (Reshard Livingston/Chase Lee 12, Erik Lisk 21)

SV Auto Club/Growing Concern 78, Sturges Productions 73 (Fernando Murga 22, Mike Bellamy 19)

Final regular-season standings

TEAM RECORD. OFF, AVG. DEF, AVG.

1—Sturges Productions. 12-0 1002 (83.5) 697 (58.1)

2—Jivaro Headhunters 9-3 751 (62.6) 593 (49.4)

3—Rocky Mtn./Soundwave 9-3 730 (60.8) 630 (52.5)

4—SV Auto/Growing Concern 8-4 856 (71.3) 754 (62.8)

5—Prof. Roof/Home Media 5-7 633 (52.8) 750 (62.5)

6—Wicked Spud/Thornton 4-8 665 (55.4) 781 (65.1)

7—Atkinsons' Market 4-8 628 (52.3) 667 (55.6)

8—Coeneo 3-9 587 (48.9) 738 (61.5)

9—Sutton's 3-9 650 (54.2) 756 (63.0)

10—Bigwood Auto/BCRD 3-9 667 (55.6) 803 (66.9)




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