FAIRFIELD — Legacy and tradition was established Saturday at Rodriguez High’s gym.
At the inaugural Holiday Stampede tournament, the Rodriguez High boys basketball team came away with the championship, downing Damonte Ranch of Reno, Nev., 78-49.
“The kids knew what was at stake,” said Rodriguez coach Nate Rankin. “It was awesome for the kids to get a win.”
According to Rankin, the previous game against Archbishop Riordan of San Francisco was the biggest win to date for Rodriguez (10-1), considering the Crusaders were the 40th ranked team in California, according to Maxpreps.com.
“That game really set us up for this (Damonte Ranch) game,” Rankin said.
Damonte Ranch jumped out to an 8-0 lead to begin the game, and Rankin decided to take a timeout to, “settle the wagons.”
After the timeout, Rodriguez started executing its game plan.
Rodriguez ended the first period with a 22-14 lead.
Rankin said the second quarter is where his team really got into its offense, as the Mustangs outscored Damonte Ranch 25-8, giving them a 25-point advantage at the half and allowing them to not look back for the rest of the game.
“It was a really good day, offensively, for Armani Reed,” said Rankin. “He got the team going in the first and third.”
Reed led Rodriguez with 19 points, while Rishod Abraham had 16. Kyle Williams had 12 and Courtlund Mclean added 10.
Rankin had high praise for the defensive effort of his team, making sure to mention Jordan Badger, DeAndre Scott, Kesean Graham, Tim Moore Jr. and Mclean.
“They all played critical roles on defense,” Rankin said.
Abraham was named tournament MVP and all-tourney honors went to Kyle Williams.
As far as the tournament itself, Rankin said that he wanted to look in the stat books and start an archive for establishing records for the Holiday Stampede tournament.
“It’s good for the area,” Rankin said. “Having this time slot – right after Christmas – it could grow into something special.
“It’s good to win the inaugural tournament.”
Rodriguez will look to continue its winning-streak against San Rafael, Monday.