Putnam City West had to fight off a late comeback attempt by Gonzaga High of Washington, D.C., but was able to hold on for a 60-54 win in the championship game of the Junior Orange Bowl Classic basketball gathering in Miami, Fla., Monday night.
PC West led by as many as 15 in the second half and was up 45-35 to start the fourth quarter, but Gonzaga fought back with its size advantage inside.
However, the Patriots were able to close it out at the free throw line late.
PC West's Tyson Jolly had 16 of his 18 points in the second half, including a couple of free throws in the closing seconds. He was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Ranked No. 4 in Class 6A, PC West turned the ball over just nine times while using its pressure defense to create 21 Gonzaga turnovers.
Marquis Johnson had 14 points for the Patriots, and Stephen Edwards added 12, earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.
CASHION BOYS STARTING STRONG
A long football season and winter storms kept the Cashion boys off the basketball court for a while, but the Wildcats got off to a fast start once they began playing.
Cashion's first three games had to be postponed either because of football or weather, but the team promptly won its first three games of the season at the Agra Tournament — the first tournament championship during the careers of the current class of seniors.