For the third consecutive year, the Oak Creek Intermediate School Coyotes has won the Mountain Area Boys Basketball Tournament held at Yosemite High School on March 23, winning four games by an accumulative score of 204 - 45.
The Coyotes played two games in pool play, beating Coarsegold Elementary 53-11 and Spring Valley Elementary 55-20.
In the semi finals, OCI defeated Rivergold 50-7. Wasuma beat Coarsegold in the other semi final contest.
The last game of the day for OCI was the championship game against Wasuma, which they won 46-7.
“Our team was very alert, we knew where everybody was at throughout all our games,” said OCI player Michael Ward. “We have been playing together for three years and it’s like we can read each other’s minds.”
“We came out there, played our game, executed well, and had fun playing basketball,” said OCI eighth grader Sebastian Valdez.
“Our game plan was to use our size and ball handling, which we did to perfection. I can’t wait to see these players at Yosemite High School next season,” said Coach Erik Peterson.