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Many Farms downs Mountain View Prep at small school state tournament
Written by George Werner   
Friday, 14 February 2014 11:01

Many people say they’re just happy to be somewhere, but on Friday, Feb. 7, Mountain View Preparatory Academy head boys basketball coach Jimmy Ventura truly was.

Chris Bean walks on air for a layup for Mountain View Preparatory Academy over Many Farms Community School eighth graders Trevor Wilson, No. 12, and Alonzo Bia, No. 24, during the Ocelots’ 37-26 loss to the Cougars at the small school state championships in Clarkdale on Friday, Feb. 7.

“I told these kids, I wish the eighth-graders I had when they were sixth-graders,” he said after the Ocelots lost their debut in the state small school basketball championship to state runner-up Many Farms Community School, 37-26. “Because if I did, they would’ve won. No doubt in my mind.”

Chris Bean, one of the few Mountian View Prep students with basketball experience from his days as a guard at Cottonwood Middle School, scored 19 points to carry an Mountain View Prep attack that could never quite take the lead away from the Cougars, who maintained at least a two-possession lead through most of the first half and into the third quarter thanks to a dozen points off breakaway baskets.

“I know we were still technically within striking distance, but they snuck away on us a little bit,” Ventura said. “Just one of our rebounds, and they were off to the races. These kids, that’s what they do — get up and down the court.”

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Feb. 12, issue of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


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