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Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:21 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

The Mountain View Mountain Lions may be coming together, if their performance in last week's Northwest Desert Classic basketball tournament is any indication.

By winning their first four games in pool play, the boys earned a trip to the finals, losing to Amphi's pressure defense, 74-31.

The highly ranked Panthers have only one loss all year.

"We're improving," said Mountain View coach Mike Parillo. "I thought the potential was there. We jelled a little bit better."

The Mountain Lions defeated Gila Ridge to open the tournament, 59-47. Joshua Goshen led with 16 points, Demetris Morant scored 12 and Chris Olson 10.

A 64-14 win over Edwin Paar (of Canada) was a well-balanced effort. Goshen led with 14 points. Zacch Clauson and Zach Carter each had nine, while Scott Volpe, Olson and Morant each scored eight.

"We're going inside more to our big guys," Parillo said. "We just hadn't been utilizing our size before."

The Mountain Lions also defeated Mingus 61-44, as Morant scored 17. Volpe had 13 and Olson 10.

In the semis, the Lions beat Mesa Westwood 36-25. Goshen had 13 and Volpe 12. Volpe was named to the all-tournament team. Morant scored 14 in the loss to Amphi.

Back in regional play, Parillo wants the team to continue unselfish play.

"Try to make someone look better on your team," Parillo said. "That's our goal. At the beginning of the year, it was shoot first and pass second. We've changed that now. Guys are looking for each other more."

In other tournament action, Pusch Ridge, the other co-host, split its four games. Trever Cook led the way for the Lions, making the all-tournament team.

On a busy Monday at their home gym, the Lions split a pair of games. They won 71-70 over Flowing Wells in an overtime thriller, as four Lions scored in double figures. Cook had 19 points and eight assists. Jeremy Courtney added 14, Greg Schimke 12 and Tyler Kaveloh 11.

The Lions had lost earlier to Mesa Westwood, 48-41. Schimke sizzled out of the gate, making his first three shots, but the Lions still trailed at halftime 22-19.

"We seemed to find our shot too often," said first-year coach Dennis O'Reilly. "We shot too early."

The Lions frequently took the first available open shot. Cook finished with 12 points on 6-19 shooting. Courtney added 11 points, and Schimke finished with 10.

"Westwood was a good test for them," O'Reilly said. "They play with a lot of intensity."

The Lions defeated Buena 48-39, but were eliminated by Gila Ridge 48-45. Schimke had 10 in the loss.

O'Reilly was talking about transition. "They're trying to learn a new system under a new coach," he said. "They're still learning."

The Lions have seven seniors, including football players who practiced late due to their playoff run.

"A lot of seniors are trying to grasp it. I'm pleased. We're getting there."

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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