Friday, March 23, 2012

Tidwell’s 40 lifts Sturges into title game

Outlaw League tourney

Bryan Tidwell drives hard for a Wood River High school basket during a prep basketball game at the high school gym in Jan. 2009. Tidwell ended up as the leading scorer for coach John Radford’s team that season. He scored 40 points Wednesday night for the Sturges Production squad in the Outlaw League tournament. Photo by David N. Seelig

By now, the Sun Valley Auto Club/Growing Concern men's basketball team is thoroughly convinced that Bryan Tidwell can score plenty of points.

Tidwell pumped home 40 points Wednesday night leading the Sturges Productions team to a 82-67 victory that eliminated the Cinderella Sun Valley Auto/Growing Concern cagers from the Outlaw League city tournament in Hailey.

In February, Tidwell tallied what is believed to be an Outlaw League record of 57 points in a 124-78 Sturges triumph over Sun Valley Auto/Growing Concern on the same Community Campus floor. Tidwell was the leading scorer at 11.8 ppg for the 2009 Wood River High School boys' basketball team.

The outcome in Wednesday's semi-final game of the Blaine County Recreation District men's basketball city tournament gave No. 2-seeded Sturges (14-2) another shot at defending champion and top-seeded Jivaro Headhunters (14-1). That championship contest was played Thursday night.

Six-time winner Jivaro, an Outlaw League tournament finalist 11 of the last 12 years, needed only one victory Thursday for its fourth title in five years. Sturges had to beat Jivaro twice to force a deciding game of the 10-team double elimination tournament.

But No. 8 SV Auto/Growing Concern (9-10) was the team that got its money's worth—playing seven games in the tourney and winning five times including Tuesday's 68-52 victory that eliminated No. 9 Power Engineers (5-12). Josh Perron (20) paced SV Auto in that loser bracket victory.

Final regular-season standings


1—Jivaro Headhunters 11-1 823 (74.8) 553 (50.3)

2—Sturges Productions. 11-1 872 (72.7) 718 (59.8)

3—AMBL 8-4 813 (67.8) 696 (58.0)

4—Rocky Mtn./Soundwave 8-4 680 (61.8) 633 (57.6)

5—Thornton/Muleshoe 8-4 648 (58.9) 619 (56.3)

6—Elevate/Atkinsons/Hayden 5-7 729 (60.8) 695 (57.9)

7—Prof. Roof/Home Media 4-8 595 (54.1) 740 (67.3)

8—SV Auto/Growing Conc. 4-8 712 (59.3) 858 (71.5)

9—Power Engineers 3-9 579 (52.6) 695 (63.2)

10—Santa Cruz Biotech 0-12 667 (55.6) 969 (80.8)

Coeneo 4-8 399 (57.0) 341 (48.7)


City tournament standings


Jivaro Headhunters (11-1) 3-0 213 (71.0) 157 (52.3)

Sturges Productions (11-1). 3-1 297 (74.3) 265 (66.3)

SV Auto/Growing Conc (4-8). 5-2 463 (66.1) 415 (59.3)

Power Engineers (3-9) 2-3 279 (55.8) 310 (62.0)

Elevate/Atkin/Hayd. (5-7) 1-2 125 (62.5) 138 (69.0)

Prof. Roof/Home Media (4-8) 1-2 183 (61.0) 189 (63.0)

Thornton/Muleshoe (8-4) 1-2 170 (56.7) 204 (68.0)

AMBL (8-4) 1-2 53 (53.0) 32 (32.0)

Rocky Mtn./Soundwave (8-4) 0-2 94 (47.0) 106 (53.0)

Santa Cruz Biotech (0-12) 0-2 108 (54.0) 169 (84.5)


AMBL 94, Santa Cruz Biotech 51 (Paul Zimmermann 18, Marshall Turner 17)


Winner bracket

SV Auto Club/Growing Concern 70, Power Engineers 65

Prof. Roofing/Home Media 73, Santa Cruz Biotech 49

Thornton Heating/Muleshoe 57, Rocky Mt. Hardware/Soundwave 56

Elevate/Atkinsons/Hayden by forfeit over AMBL

Jivaro Headhunters 59, SV Auto Club/Growing Concern 45

Sturges Productions 79, Prof. Roofing/Home Media 58

Jivaro Headhunters 79, Thornton/Muleshoe 46 (Buddy Peterson 24, Jeremy Silvis 14)

Sturges Productions 70, Elevate/Atkinsons/Hayden 65 (Bryan Tidwell 22, Mitch Smith 28)

Jivaro Headhunters 75, Sturges Productions 66 (Jeff Stedman 20, Bryan Tidwell 16)

Loser bracket

SV Auto/Growing Concern 96, Santa Cruz Biotech 59 (Stone Sutton 30, Marshal Turner 22)

Power Engineers 61, Prof. Roofing/Home Media 52 (Jared Eby 25, Gene Korby 22)

SV Auto/Growing Concern 49, Rocky Mt./Soundwave 38 (Mark Davidson 11, Christian Nickum 11)

AMBL 53, Power Engineers 32 (Brent Hope 19, Jared Eby 8)

Power Engineers 69, Thornton/Muleshoe 67 (Kyle Bennett 28, Greg Edwards 12)

SV Auto/Growing Concern 68, Elevate/Atkinsons/Hayden 60 (Mark Davidson 22, Cody Michael 20)

SV Auto/Growing Concern 68, Power Engineers 52 (Josh Perron 20, Jared Eby 21)

Sturges Productions 82, SV Auto/Growing Concern 67 (Bryan Tidwell 40, Mark Davidson 22)

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