PAGE, Ariz. — Looking to win the tournament for the third year in a row, Pine View opened up the NGS Classic with a 55-40 win over Kingman Academy (Ariz.).
Pine View actually trailed by a point at the half, but clamped down defensively after intermission. Down 28-27, the Panthers outscored the Tigers 12-5 in the third quarter and 28-12 in the second half.
Tyler Johnston also hit double-digits with 10 points, including a 3-pointer, and Brandon Yates had 11 rebounds and four assists to go with his two points. Jefffry Chinyere led Kingman with 12 points.
Pine View, 5-1, won the NGS last season with consecutive wins over Monument Valley, Ariz. (50-47), Montezuma-Cortez, Colo. (63-46) and Tuba City, Ariz. (56-55). The Panthers also win the tourney in 2013.
Pine View has an impressive front line with the 6-foot-5 Ruesch averaging 16.2 points a game and the 6-7 Farrer at 11.3 per game.
The Panthers will play in Friday night’s NGS semifinals against Arbor View from the Las Vegas area. game time is 8 p.m. Pacific Time.
PV returns home for the Coach Walker Classic next Thursday through Saturday.
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