Blue Ridge Yellowjackets win Cake Tournament

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A Blue Ridge player defends against a Winslow Bulldog player during final round action at the Cake Tournament held in Winslow on Nov. 30.

<i>Todd Roth/NHO</i><br> A Blue Ridge player defends against a Winslow Bulldog player during final round action at the Cake Tournament held in Winslow on Nov. 30.

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Blue Ridge Yellowjackets edged the Winslow bulldogs 57-53 in the Cake Car Company Shootout Tournament Championship Game on Saturday. The loss left the Bulldogs with a 5-3 record for the young season.

The Yellowjackets led 18-7 after the first quarter and 27-25 at the intermission. The margin was back to nine points at 33-34 after three quarters. Winslow got to within a point in the closing minutes but never got over the hump.

Korey Wilcox scored 20 points to take game high honors for Blue Ridge. Nick Johnson and Dillon Washburn were also in double figures for the Yellowjackets with 13 points apiece. Winslow also had three players in double figures. Kraig Shirley led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Jevon Estelle and Tyler Williams each scored 13 points.

Blue Ridge had defeated Payson 57-40 to reach the finals earlier on Saturday. The Yellowjackets were led by Nick Johnson who tied Payson's Tanner Hintz for game high honors with 15 points. Korey Wilcox was also in double figures for the winners.

The Bulldogs had defeated the Snowflake Lobos 67-64 in a thrilling semi-final game Saturday afternoon to reach the finals. Winslow had to erase a huge early deficit and win the game in the closing seconds.

Kraig Shirley led Winslow with 25 points, one less than Snowflake's Bonham who was the game high scorer with 26 points. Winslow had two more players in double figures in Jevon Estelle with 19 points and Tyler Williams with 13.

Snowflake defeated Payson 55-50 in the third place game. Michael Bonham led the Lobos with 22 points. Chase Waldon scored nine for the Lobos. Tanner Hintz with 18 points and Cole Novak with 13 were in double figures for the Longhorns.

Joseph City won the consolation bracket championship with a 51-43 victory over the Greyhills Knights. Dallin Baldwin le the winning Wildcats with 14 points while Josh Para had 10 points and Zachary Miller scored nine. Brandon Whiterock was the game high scorer with 18 points for the Greyhills Knights.

In other games on Saturday, Sedona Red Rock defeated San Tan Foothills 77-70, Chino Valley beat Pinon 60-49, Ganado bested Page 57-45, Joseph City topped Hopi 62-56, Greyhills defeated Tuba City 64-55, Hopi bested Chino Valley 52-48, Sedona topped Ganado 63-52 and Tuba City beat Pinon 69-60. Page defeated Pinon 70-34 in a game in which Pinon played in place of San Tan Foothills.

An All Tournament Team was selected and included three Winslow Bulldogs: Jevon Estelle, Kraig Shirley and Tyler Williams. Blue Ridge was represented by Nick Johnson and KoreyWilcox. Snowflake Lobos on the elite unit were Michael Bonham and Trent Hall. Josh Oakley of Payson, Zachary Miller of Joseph City, and Blake Barker of Sedona and Marcus Begay of Ganado rounded out the All Tournament Team.

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