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Bradshaw Mountain’s Anthony Biasetti (14) drives between Mayer defenders Nick McElroy and Austin Couch during Wednesday morning’s opening round of the Alvarez Tire Holiday Hoops Classic in Prescott Valley.
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Prescott’s Jaran Hoover (11) takes on two Moon Valley defenders as the Badgers defeated the Rockets 70-57 in Wednesday morning’s opening round in Prescott Valley.
|BRADSHAW MTN. 71, MAYER 24|
Westwood 49, Liberty 36
Notre Dame Prep 50, Rincon 48
Chaparral 75, Payson 18
Liberty 69, Kingman 64 (OT)
Paradise Valley 55, Westwood 52
BRADSHAW MTN. 51, Catalina 40
Notre Dame Prep 45, PRESCOTT 41
PRESCOTT 70, Moon Valley 57
Paradise Valley 65, Kingman 48
Perry 71, Catalina 40
Sahuaro 79, Cibola 63
Perry 103, MAYER 27
Rincon 64, Moon Valley 59
Sahuaro 72, Payson 56
Chaparral 65, Cibola 48
Paradise Valley vs. Liberty, 9 a.m.
PRESCOTT vs. Rincon, 10:35 a.m.
Cibola vs. Payson, 12:05 p.m.
BRADSHAW MTN. vs. Perry, 1:40 p.m.
2nd-place Red vs. 2nd-place White (G5), 4:15 p.m.
2nd-place Black vs. 2nd-place Silver (G6), 6 p.m.
1st-place Red vs. 1st-place White (G7), 7:35 p.m.
1st-place Black vs. 1st-place Silver (G8), 9:05 p.m.
Westwood vs. Kingman, 9 a.m.
Chaparral vs. Sahuaro, 10:35 a.m.
Notre Dame Prep vs. Moon Valley, 12:05 p.m.
MAYER vs. Catalina, 1:40 p.m.
4th-place Red vs. 4th-place White (G1), 4:15 p.m.
4th-place Silver vs. 4th-place Black (G2), 6 p.m.
3rd-place White vs. 3rd-place Red (G3), 7:35 p.m.
3rd-place Black vs. 3rd-place Silver (G4), 9:05 p.m.
Winner G1 vs. Winner G2, 9:30 a.m.
Winner G4 vs. Winner G3, 11 a.m.
Winner G6 vs. Winner G5 (Consolation Championship), 12:40 p.m.
Loser G8 vs. Loser G7 (Third Place), 2:20 p.m.
Winner G8 vs. Winner G7 (Championship), 4 p.m.
Loser G1 vs. Loser G2, 9:30 a.m.
Loser G4 vs. Loser G3, 11 a.m.
Loser G6 vs. Loser G5, 12:40 p.m.
PRESCOTT VALLEY - With Mayer High's starting point guard and its sixth man unavailable for the 10th annual Alvarez Tire Holiday Hoops Classic, host Bradshaw Mountain wasted no time taking advantage.
In the opening round of the varsity boys' basketball tournament Wednesday morning, the Bears outmanned the winless Wildcats in Black Pool play, forcing 26 turnovers en route to a 71-24 victory at Bradshaw's main gym.
The Bears, who improved their overall record to 9-4, sprinted to a 51-15 halftime lead over a Mayer team that dressed only eight guys to Bradshaw's 15.
Mayer point guard Tate Caldwell and sixth man Brandon Burns, a pair of juniors, were out of town with family over the holidays.
Bradshaw's starters played limitedly after building a sizeable advantage on a green Wildcats squad, whose 2012-13 record fell to 0-11 under 34th-year coach Roland Medina. Last winter, Mayer finished at 1-26, and following the loss to the Bears had only one win in its past 38 contests.
In pool play later Wednesday night, Bradshaw Mountain's record moved to 10-4 after it defeated Tucson Catalina, 51-40, while Mayer succumbed to Gilbert Perry, 103-27, to fall to 0-12.
"We're just trying to execute and do the things we want to do, and see if we can get some offense going," Medina said. "We didn't do a very good job of it this morning. It seemed like we were walking in our sleep. It seems like it takes us a couple games in the tournament before we start playing a little bit better."
The undersized, occasionally timid Wildcats were sloppy with the ball, relying a bit too much on dribble penetration instead of passing more against the Bears' tight zone.
"We're trying to get our passes down, and our shooting," Mayer starting forward Nick McElroy said. "We've worked on our shooting a lot, but we're just not too great under pressure.
"In a lot of our games, we put ourselves down and we get emotionally hurt, and you just start doing dumb things - making horrible passes. We've got to get better and execute those. We can't do that."
Bradshaw starting guard Tyler Inglehart said his team prides itself on getting in the heads of opposing offensive players.
"We like to get up and defend - that's one of our strong suits," he said. "As long as we defend well in every game, we'll be in every game, and the shots will come."
On Wednesday, 13 of the Bears' 15 players scored, including four JV call-ups. Guard Christian McKay paced Bradshaw with 10 points, all in the first half.
"This is a game where you let your younger guys get some varsity experience," Bradshaw coach Doug Beilfuss said. "And we hadn't been in the gym since Saturday, so you also try to get your wind back a little bit."
Despite the blowout, the Bears say they are still working on bolstering their offense.
"We just want to get better, kind of gain some chemistry as a team, and maybe start shooting the ball a little better," McKay said of Bradshaw's goals for the tournament. "We need to shoot with more confidence."
Starting senior guards Anthony Biasetti and Inglehart, as well as JV player Nathan Blanco, netted eight points apiece for Bradshaw. Blanco also had five rebounds and an assist.
Junior forward Trevor Judd, another Bears starter, chimed in with seven points, three rebounds and three assists.
Starting guard D.J. Gonzales led BMHS on the glass with seven boards, as the hosts out rebounded Mayer 34-16.
On the visitor's bench, no Wildcats player scored in double figures. Dillon Darges guided Mayer with five points.
Four Wildcats registered just four points each, including McElroy, Shawnee Day and Austin Couch, and freshman point guard Chandler Gutierrez, who also dished three assists. Gutierrez started in place of Caldwell.
"Chandler did a good job," Medina said. "As a freshman put in that position, I didn't talk to him too much. In some cases, he over-penetrated, but that's just lack of experience. He's going to get some good experience from this tournament."
The Bears move on in Black Pool play to battle Perry at 1:40 p.m. Thursday in the main gym. Mayer will tackle Catalina at 1:40 p.m. in the auxiliary gym.