Clovis News: Sports

Cougars fall short vs. Gahr in boys finals

Holiday cooking in Fresno County agreed with Gahr High of Cerritos, which closed an 8-0, two-week sweep of the region by blasting Clovis 76-56 on Wednesday night for the championship of the Clovis Elks Christmas Classic.

This occurred eight days after the 14-0 Gladiators defeated Bullard 107-76 for the Holiday Invitational Tournament title at Hoover.

Gahr, leading the state with a 91-point scoring average with essentially a five-guard attack, received double-figure scoring from four players, including 17 from all-tournament pick Davon Potts and 14 from tourney Most Valuable Player Ervin Ware in a rematch against Clovis.

The Gladiators had defeated the Cougars 72-57 in the HIT semifinals, the only game previously this season in which Gahr has scored fewer than 80 points.

Clovis (8-4) controlled the tempo respectably in that one, but it wasn't to be the second time -- at least in a pivotal 45-28 first-half deficit -- as it was denied a fourth Classic title in the 28-year history of the event, and its first since 2002.

David Blumer scored 14 points and all-tourney selections Jeff Arndt and Drew Dockweiler added 12 each for the Cougars.

Stockdale, beaten 66-55 by Clovis in Tuesday's semifinals, received 25 points from all-tourney pick Jordan Burris to roll past Memorial 63-44 for third place.

Burris, who scored 52 points in a 78-75 double-overtime win over Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks on Monday, had 10 points in a 19-9 third-quarter run.