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Boys 4A semifinals: No. 1 Hope, No. 3 West Las Vegas move on

It will be No. 1 Hope Christian and No. 3 West Las Vegas battling Saturday for the Class 4A boys basketball title after both teams won Friday semifinals at the Pit.
Game time is noon Saturday for the title match at the Pit.
This sets up a rematch of last year’s state championship game that Hope Christian won 69-57.
NO. 1 HOPE CHRISTIAN 69, NO. 5 SILVER 50: The Huskies scored the first 11 points of the third quarter to pull away from the Fighting Colts.
Silver (20-8) was competitive in the first 16 minutes, trailing 21-19 after the first quarter and 31-27 at intermission, but after making a few adjustments in the locker room, Hope (28-2) took control at the outset of the second half.
“We just felt we weren’t rebounding. We weren’t getting any free throws that first half,” Huskies coach Jim Murphy said. “They got to the free throw line. … I said, ‘We’ve just got to change up our game a little bit.’ We went a little with our zone defense a little while. I thought they were getting some good penetration on us.”
Jordan Leake scored nine of his game-high 24 points during the Huskies’ decisive burst, and his initial basket — a layup from the post — set the tone for Huskies’ change in philosophy over the final two quarters.
“Coach Murphy in the locker room told us we’re shooting decent outside, but we’re settling and just to go inside,” Leake said. “I just went inside and called for the ball.”
After a first half in which it shot no free throws and attempted 13 3s, Hope attacked the rim with regularity in the third and fourth quarters, going 10 for 14 at the line while attempting just five 3-pointers. The Huskies also outrebounded the Fighting Colts 17-11 and outscored them 18-12 in the paint in the second half.
“I thought Jordan kind of carried us, and we hit some outside shots (in the first half), but we wanted to get some putbacks and some inside play. And I thought we did a better job in the second half,” Murphy said.
Hope eventually led by 21 points in the fourth quarter. Silver got no closer than 12 following the Huskies’ initial third-period surge.
Along with Leake, Marcus Medina (13 points), Cole Yearout (12) and Caleb Meyer-Hagen (10) all scored in double figures for the Huskies. Jordan Gomez led the Fighting Colts with 12 points, while Wyatt Oglesby added 10 and a game-high nine rebounds.
— Tristen Critchfield
HOPE CHRISTIAN 69, SILVER 50
SILVER (20-8) Joshua Saenz 2-9 1-5 5, Sai Cruz 3-5 0-0 8, Tyler Gonzales 0-1 0-0 0, Sebastian Cruz 3-8 2-2 8, Jordan Gomez 5-9 1-2 12, Tristin Moore 1-2 1-2 4, Wyatt Oglesby 1-3 1-2 3, Garrett Laney 5-7 0-0 10. Totals 20-44 6-13 50.
HOPE CHRISTIAN (28-2) Marcus Medina 4-10 3-4 13, Nelson Longmire 1-5 1-2 3, Jordan Leake 9-13 3-4 24, Zac Vernon 2-5 0-0 6, Isaiah Dockery 0-0 0-0 0, Caleb Meyer-Hagen 5-6 0-0 10, Cole Yearout 5-6 2-2 12, Chris Ward 0-1 0-0 0, Arron Jones 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 26-46 10-14 69
Silver 19    8    6  17—  50
Hope 21  10  17  21 — 69
3-Point Goals—Silver 4-12 (Saenz 0-3, Sai Cruz 2-4, Sebastian Cruz 0-3, Gomez 1-1, Moore 1-1), Hope 7-18  (Medina 2-6, Longmire 0-2, Leake 3-7, Vernon 2-4).  Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Silver 27 (Laney 9), Hope 28  (Meyer-Hagen, Yearout 6). Assists—Silver 8 (Laney 3), Hope 16 (Yearout 9). Steals: Silver 6, Hope 11. Total Fouls—Silver 13, Hope 16.

No. 3 WEST LAS VEGAS 64, No. 2 ROBERTSON 55: In the fifth meeting between the crosstown rivals — and the first ever in the Pit —D.J. Bustos scored 24 points to help the Dons (23-8) avenge three earlier defeats.”First of all, that’s a big load off of our shoulders,” said WLV coach David Bustos.

Francisco Arguello scored 23 for the Cardinals (26-5) with 11 rebounds.

But D.J. Bustos hit a 3-pointer just before halftime to put West Las Vegas up 16-14, and the Dons never trailed again.

The game was tied twice early in the third quarter, but the Dons gradually crept away. Arguello did convert a bucket-and-one with 2:43 left to pull the Cardinals within 51-49, but Miguel Sena hit runner and two from the line, and Bustos sank a jumper to put the game away.

Sena added 14 points for West Las Vegas, and Warren Fulgenizi contributed 12 for the Cardinals.

Coach Bustos praised the defense played on Robertson guards Fulgenzi, Sebastian Gonzales and Arjay Ortiz. The Dons held the high-scoring trio to 32 total points and 12-for-36 shooting.

“That’s a heck of a defensive effort,” coach Bustos said. “Arguello hurt us a little bit inside, but overall, I’m real pleased with the effort. These boys right here did a heck of a job.”

Gonzales in particular has been a thorn for the Dons, but he was saddled with foul issues, picking up his fourth just before halftime.

“I was kind of hesitant to attack because I didn’t want to get out of the game,” he said. “Even on defense, I wasn’t able to play aggressive defense. … I like to play aggressive defense and I couldn’t do that.”

The teams tied for the regular-season District 2-4A championship, but the Cardinals won the playoff, then they took the subsequent district tournament title as well.

But when it came time for the one that counted the most, West Las Vegas was ready.

“The kids felt like they disappointed ourselves when it came to how we played Robertson,” coach Bustos said. ‘The kids were able to understand that this was the big game. This was the last game, being the most important game of the year against Robertson.”

— Glen Rosales

No. 3 WEST LAS VEGAS 64,

No. 2 ROBERTSON 55

WEST LAS VEGAS (23-8) Miguel Sena 5-10 3-4 14; Isaiah Gallegos 1-7 7-9 9; Terrence Baca 0-2 0-0 0; Nck Gurule 5-11 3-6 13; D.J. Bustos 7-21 9-11 24; Jordan Martinez 0-1 0-0 0; Fermin Gonzales 2-3 0-0 4; Diego Gonzales 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 20-55 22-31 64.

ROBERTSON (26-5) Sebastian Gonzales 4-12 2-3 10; Dylan Archibeque 0-0 0-0 0; Noah Leger 0-4 0-0 0; Erik Encinias 0-2 0-0 0; Warren Fulgenzi 3-11 4-4 12; Arjay Ortiz 5-12 0-0 10; Francisco Arguello 8-11 7-11 23. Totals 20-53 13-18 55.

West Las Vegas    16      14      13      21 —64

Robertson            14      11      16      14 —55

3-point FGs: WLV 2-16 (Sena 1-3, Bustos 1-8, Gurule 0-3, Gallegos 0-2); R 2-12 (Fulgenzi 2-5, Leger 0-3, Gonzales 0-3, Encinias 0-1). Rebounds: WLV 41 (Gurule 8); R 41 (Arguello 11). Assists: WLV 4 (Gallegos 2); R 8 (Ortiz 4). Turnovers: WLV 5; R 12. Steals: WLV 4; R 3. Blocks: WLV 4; R 6. Total fouls: WLV 15, R 24. Fouled out: WLV, Sena; R, Gonzales, Ortiz, Arguello.

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