Liberty only beat Bishop Gorman once in four tries, but it came in an overtime classic that netted the Patriots their first boys basketball state championship.
Liberty boys basketball coach Kevin Soares is the Nevada Preps All-Southern Nevada Coach of the Year after leading the Patriots to their first state title.
Liberty’s Joshua Jefferson averaged 17.7 points and 10 rebounds in his senior season and led the Patriots to the Class 5A state title with an upset win over Bishop Gorman.
Centennial’s Karen Weitz, the winningest coach in Nevada basketball history, has added the title of boys coach to the dynasty she has built with the girls program.
Here is the All-Southern Nevada boys basketball team. Liberty’s Kevin Soares is the Coach of the Year after leading the Patriots to the Class 5A state championship.
Freshman Christopher Shaw scored 26 points to power young and tenacious Mojave to a victory over Spring Valley for the school’s first boys state basketball championship.
Liberty shocked Bishop Gorman in overtime to win the Class 5A boys state basketball championship, ending the Gaels’ nine-year run of titles and their bid to finish undefeated.
Jake Bevacqua scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as The Meadows, which has only two seniors on its team, coasted to the Class 2A boys state title in Reno.
Roman Rose scored 22 points, and the Boulder City boys were outscored by Fernley 15-3 in the third quarter but came back to reach the Class 3A state championship game.
Spring Valley and Mojave rolled to victories in the Class 4A boys state basketball semifinals Friday at Cox Pavilion and will play for the championship Saturday.