After the Sierra Vista Buena boys beat Sunnyside 67-54 to win the Northwest Desert Classic for the first time, coach Dave Glasgow let out a big sigh of relief.
No more playing the Blue Devils, for now.
In Saturday night's title game at Pusch Ridge Christian, senior RaShawn Avery scored 19 points as the Colts (12-5) topped Sunnyside and first-year coach Rob Harrison for the third time this season to wrap up the four-day, 10-team tournament.
"I'm really happy we don't have to play them again," Glasgow said. "Harrison has changed the culture there and they're going to be a pain in the butt to play as long as he's there."
It was Buena's fifth win in a row and it came down to the very end.
The Blue Devils (9-6) trailed by as much as 14 early in the fourth quarter but still remained in the game and forced the Colts to the free-throw line.
That didn't work.
Buena hit 11 for 12 from the line in the final two minutes and maintained its lead.
"We had to foul to stop the clock and they didn't miss," Harrison said. "It didn't matter who we fouled, they kept making them."
Sunnyside's Cristian Noriega sank two three-pointers within 19 seconds to make it a 10-point game at 61-51.
Then, Luther Reynolds went a perfect 6 for 6 in the final 1:04 to put the Colts up 67-51 before Pedro Muniz drained one last three for the Blue Devils with 34.2 seconds left.
"I felt a little bit nervous, but once I saw that first one go in I knew the rest were going to go in," Reynolds said. "We practice free throws a lot in practice and that's what practice does."
Avery scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half as the Colts went on an 11-0 run after falling behind 3-0 early. In that stretch, he hit four baskets including a three-pointer from the left side.
"We knew we could come in here and be a contender and we just showed what we could do, played as hard as we could and got the W," Avery said.
"This gives us a good edge, a good way to lead forward."
Glasgow, in his ninth year with Buena, said this is the first time the Colts have won the tournament.
Freshman Jacob Inclan led the Blue Devils with 19 points, including three three-pointers. Noriega finished with 10 points.