Print Mingus rides tourney success to 10-5 mark
Written by George Werner   
Monday, 06 January 2014 11:04

For most of Mingus Union High School’s pre-sectional boys basketball competition, it was truly either feast or famine — blowout wins or blowout losses.

Junior guard Herb Tiffany drives past a Sedona Red Rock High School defender during Mingus Union High School’s 67-33 home win earlier this season. The Marauders take a 10-5 record into sectional play Saturday, Jan. 4, with their home opener against Mohave High School.

Fortunately, in 10 out of the Marauders’ 15 games in the 2013 portion of their current boys basketball season — eight of those coming in their two invitational tournaments — the table was set for a Mingus feast.

The MUHS boys basketball team rode good passing and better defense to high-scoring victories and second-place finishes at both Wickenburg High School’s Cage Classic and the Holiday Hoops Tournament at Phoenix Christian Prep.

The next step is winning one of those tournaments. The Marauders were on the verge against Tempe Prep, holding a five-point lead with just over four minutes to play Thursday, Dec. 26, in the Holiday Hoops championship game — a rematch of their 60-55 loss to the Knights in the tournament’s opening game.

The Marauders had established the lead with a transition-heavy, assist-rich offense, a hallmark of most of their 10 victories this season.

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Jan. 1, issue of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.