The Camp Verde boys' basketball team found its first win of the season Dec. 5, a 64-30 tournament win against Division-IV Cibecue High School.
Like the girls' team, the boys traveled to Round Valley for a two-day tournament and played five games. Unfortunately, while the girls found success in the win/loss column, the boys only tallied the one win, followed by four losses.
In the win against the Wildcats, five Cowboys shot above 40 percent, including freshman Dion Fortune and his team-leading 60 percent on 3-5 shooting for seven points. Sophomore Javier Perez and senior Chaysn Honea went 5-11 and 4-8 respectively.
Honea was on the verge of a double-double. The senior was one point shy, also notching 10 rebounds. Perez and fellow Javier, senior Javier Carrillo, both got into double digits scoring with 12 and 10 points. Perez also led his team in helpers with six and six takeaways.
The Cowboys hit 34 percent (27-79) of their shots in the win, but in their 72-42 loss to Thatcher, the boys were a tad more efficient, going 16-44 for 36 percent shooting. Honea led the Cowboys with 11 points and five boards in the game, but Perez was nipping at his heels with 10 points and five rebounds. Senior Marlon Ontiveros put up a respectable line of nine points and five assists.
In the Cowboys' other three losses, 67-40 to Alchesay, 68-42 to Mogollon and 57-21 to St.Johns, there is very little that differs between the two other games, stat wise. The glaring issue is that against Mogollon and St. John, the Cowboys shot 28 and 24 percent respectively. In the win against Cibecue, the Cowboys threw up 79 shots, compared to 54, 48, 37 and 44 attempts in their other games.
"We struggled to compete, although the first half of the Thatcher and Alchesay game were both within four points," said head coach Dan Wall.
When it came to rebounding, the Cowboys grabbed at least 20 rebounds in all but one game, 10 in the loss to St. John. In their win over the Wildcats, the boys notched a tournament-high 56 rebounds, including 37 offensive boards.
Overall, a look through the Cowboys numbers from the tournament shows that the team is consistent. They are limiting their mistakes and shooting right around 31 percent when Perez and Carrillo are not playing limited minutes. Senior Tyler Dickey, Honea and Fortune are turning into strong options, but need the boost of having Perez, Carrillo and Ontiveros on the court to take the pressure off of them so they can work their game.
Like the girls team, following the tournament, the boys played Payson. There the Cowboys added one more loss to their record, dropping the contest 64-28.
Next up for the boys is a home game with rival Chino Valley on Dec. 17. Tip off is at 7 p.m.
"Bottom line is if we can put a full game together we will be competitive the rest of the year," Wall said.