DAVIS — It took some last-second heroics from Rishod Abraham, but the Rodriguez High boys basketball team eked out a 66-65 victory over Natomas to take home the championship at the Les Curry Invitational at Davis High, Saturday night.
With just seconds to play and the Mustangs (7-1) down 65-64, Allen was fouled and sank both free throws, said coach Nate Rankin.
Abraham also led Rodriguez with 15 points in the game while earning all-tournament honors.
Armani Reed scored 10 points and was named tournament MVP.
Keanu Williams added 11 points and Kyle Williams had nine.
“Overall, it was a total team effort,” Rankin said. “This whole tournament is indicative of what the guys can do.”
The Mustangs return home Thursday to host the inaugural Mustang Winter Stampede, an eight-team tournament that runs through Saturday.
Fairfield 58, Casa Grande 53: At Petaluma, the Falcons (9-2) took home the Case Grande Tournament championship, Saturday.
DeMoriaye Hart-Spikes led Fairfield with 18 points and was also named the tournament’s MVP.
Raimauri Barron and Maurice Trotter, each, had nine points.
“We were able to wear them down with our depth,” Fairfield coach Eddie Wilson said. “The kids competed really hard and our depth led the way to a victory.”
Fairfield only had a one-point lead at the half, and were tied with the Gauchos after three.
It was the fourth quarter that was the tipping point as the Falcons “made a couple plays, defensively,” outscoring Casa Grande 14-9.
Seniors Javon Adams and Trotter were named to the all-tournament team.
Fairfield’s next matchup is against West High of Tracy, as is hosts the Fairfield Holiday Classic, Dec. 27.
Vacaville Christian 82, Foresthill 41: At Vacaville, the Falcons (5-3) took home the championship of their home Falcon Christmas Classic.
Andrew Grabowski had a double-double with 27 points and 15 rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team. Treyveon Merriweather was named the Christmas Classic MVP as he had 22 points, six assists, five boards and four steals.
Matt Brown also had a double-double with his 12 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Vacaville Christian will open up league play against San Juan on Jan. 7.
Prep girls basketball
Indians stumble in tournament play
LOMIS — It was another rough one for the Armijo High girls basketball team, Saturday, as the Indians dropped a 51-26 decision to Pleasant Valley at the Del Oro Tournament.
Lauryn Williams led the way with six points for the Indians (1-5), while Jada Williams had 5.
Armijo only went to the foul line five times, and converted three of those shots, said Indians coach Lawrence Trigg.
The Indians travel to Rio Vista, Monday.
Indians take third at tournament
BRENTWOOD — Heavyweight Kris Elkin went 4-1, taking home a third-place finish and helping the Armijo High wrestling team to its own third-place finish in the Lou Bronzan Tournament at Liberty High, Saturday.
Jorge Perez (160, 3-1) went home with a second-place finish, while Amini Kapapa (184, 4-2) and Billy Cimmino (195, 3-2) were fourth.
Also placing for the Indians were Alex Yalong (120, 4-3, sixth), Hayden Scibek (138, 4-2, fifth) and Danny Charos (170, 3-2, seventh).
Armijo’s JV team was in the Wildcat Invitational at Will C. Wood, going 4-1 as it defeated Serra 35-34, Vintage 36-30, Fairfield 54-15, Freedom of Oakley 43-30 and lost to Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills 46-30.
Standouts for the Indians include Jordan Sanfore (heavyweight, 5-0) and Michael Williams (145, 3-0).
Armijo’s varsity squad will wrestle in the MAC Classic in January.