Hawks win Lakeridge tournament
For the record, the Southridge Skyhawks won the Lakeridge Holiday Classic basketball tournament by beating Roosevelt by a 69-65 score in last Friday's championship game.
But the Skyhawks were fortunate just to get past the first round. That's where they squeaked out a 92-90 double overtime victory against an unrelenting North Medford team.
The Skyhawks seemed to be in control of the game when they jumped to a double-digit lead in the first half. But the Black Tornado stormed back to close their deficit to 45-40 at halftime. The rally then continued in the third period, which ended with North Medford ahead 57-56. Regulation ended with the score tied at 76, and each team tacked on another eight points in the first overtime period.
For a while it looked as though the game was headed to a third overtime after North Medford's Danny Berger hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 90-all with eight seconds left in the second extra period.
But Southridge's Juan Zuniga ended the scoring fest when he drilled a 15-footer as the final horn sounded. It was only the second basket of the game for Zuniga, who finished with five points.
Southridge's Kevin Sullivan, a 6-foot-4 junior post, led all scorers with 42 points before fouling out. Jordan Ellis led North Medford with 25 points while Berger finished with 21.
The next night, Sullivan scored 26 points in his team's easy 86-58 victory over Glencoe. Sullivan then registered 33 points in the championship game against Roosevelt. That gave him 101 points for the three-game tournament.