Holding an opposing basketball player to 29 points in a game might not seem a great accomplishment.
But Coronado’s boys team couldn’t have been more proud Tuesday.
The Cougars held Cimarron sharpshooter Kevin Olekaibe to 29 points — 11 fewer than his average — en route to capturing the championship game of the Sierra Vista Invitational with an 81-60 victory over the Spartans.
Olekaibe entered Tuesday averaging a fraction more than 40 points per game and hung 51 on the Cougars when the teams met in pool play Monday.
But the Cougars never let the Cimarron senior guard out of their sights.
“We neutralized him by knowing where he was on the floor at all times,” Coronado coach Paul Berg said. “Being aware of where he is helps. He has his spots he likes on the floor.”
Olekaibe often cashes in with several transition baskets and open 3-point shots in his biggest scoring games.
Outside of a dunk six seconds into the game and three 3-pointers — in 13 attempts — he didn’t get many easy points. He was 10-for-11 on free throws.
Thanks to a monster first half by Brandon Glanz, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds in the first two quarters, Coronado bolted to a 45-31 halftime lead and was never seriously threatened.
Any chances Cimarron had to try to rally were thwarted by junior guard Austin Nelson, who had 18 of his 28 points in the second half.
“He was incredible,” Berg said. “Austin just kept taking the ball to the basket.”
Glanz finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Adam Schmitt scored 14 for the Cougars.
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• Centennial’s Ben Vozzola had 28 points and 10 rebounds in a 64-60 victory over Douglas in the Amare Stoudemire Each 1 Teach 1 National Invitational at Durango.
• Las Vegas High’s Tyree Anderson had 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats rallied to beat Pacific Hills (Calif.) 74-64 in the Amare Stoudemire Each 1 Teach 1 National Invitational at Durango.
• Valley’s Khristian Kirkwood had 19 points and six rebounds to lead Valley to a 58-41 win over Denver East to move in to the championship game of the Amare Stoudemire bracket of the Amare Stoudemire Each 1 Teach 1 National Invitational at Durango.
• Sierra Vista’s Jeanette Jackson forced overtime with a three-point play with 13.7 seconds left in regulation and finished with 29 points as the Mountain Lions beat Canyon Springs in the championship of the Sierra Vista Invitational, 71-66.
• Basic’s Marquichea Burns had 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Wolves to a 37-28 victory over Foothill in the semifinals of the Lady Wolves Holiday Tournament at Basic.
• Boulder City’s Jessi Forrester had 29 points in a 66-47 victory over Cimarron-Memorial at the Lady Wolves Holiday Tournament at Basic.