It took more than 20 minutes for the Arbor View boys basketball team to take the lead Saturday.
Justin Burks and Terrell Butler made sure the Aggies didn’t lose it.
Burks and Butler combined for 52 points, and Arbor View pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Sierra Vista 70-61 in the championship game of the Legacy Tip-Off Classic.
Wasatch Academy (Utah) downed Legacy 83-50 in the Financial Bracket title game.
“It’s a great start to the season, winning the first tournament we’re in and being able to live up to expectations,” Arbor View coach Kyle Hageness said. “The kids have a target on their back, and everybody is ready when Arbor View comes, so to come through is a big deal for our program.”
Burks, who signed with UC Santa Barbara, finished with 30 points and nine rebounds. He scored 12 points in the third quarter, and his 3-pointer with 3:18 left in the third gave the Aggies (5-0) their first lead at 47-44.
“I felt like my team needed me, so I stepped up and knocked down a few shots,” Burks said. “I tried to create for myself and got good looks.”
Butler, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. His three-point play with 4:55 to play put the Aggies up 57-50, and he was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 49.3 seconds.
Isaiah Simmons had 15 rebounds for Arbor View, which took control with an 18-6 second-half run and led by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter.
“Terrell stepped up and had a huge game for us and made some big free throws down the stretch,” Hageness said. “It takes a lot of the pressure off Justin to have another guy like Terrell play well.”
Mikko Balmes paced the Mountain Lions (4-1) with 20 points but was held to two points on 1-for-5 shooting in the second half. Apollo Corley added 15 points, and Nino Flores had 12 points.
“He killed us in the second quarter,” Hageness said of Balmes. “We just told the kids to stay with it and keep a hand in his face. Fortunately, the law of averages caught up with us.”
Balmes scored 13 points in the second quarter, and Sierra Vista led 38-35 at halftime as the Aggies missed nine of their first 16 free throws. But the Mountain Lions shot 32 percent (9-for-28) from the field in the second half and were limited to eight points in the third quarter.
“We need to do a better job handling adversity when we’re not making shots,” Mountain Lions coach Keith Ulrich said. “We weren’t balanced like we need to be. We have to have five guys score, and we didn’t have it.”
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