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2013-2014 Season Summary

Wilson Wildcats Boys Varsity Basketball

Season Review: 



Well another season of Wildcats basketball is in the books. And the 2016-2017 season did not disappoint.  Wilson finished out the season on a 6 game winning streak and compiled an over-all record of 12 wins and 7 losses, with a conference record of 5 and 5. Season highlights include:  3rd place finish at the Western Valley “Wildcat” Invitational and a very impressive 1st place finish at the Arizona Invitational Tournament in which Lereon Ginnis was named to the all- tournament team.  Lereon also established two new team records – season average points scored at 18.9 points per game and foul shots made in a season with 59.  This was a great season with a great bunch of young men. 


 


GAME #1          WILSON  33  MADISON TRADITIONAL 46                                         12/1/2016


The Wildcats opened the 2016 hoop campaign at home last night against a much improved team from Madison Traditional.  In front of a very support home crowd, the Cats battled toe to toe with the much taller Owls.  After a physical first half, paced by Jason Portio and Lereon Ginnis, the Wildcats only trailed by four.  In the second half, Wilson was forced to play "small ball" as Luis Lopez, Wilson's only available big man, was physically beat up and picked up a quick fourth foul, forcing him to the bench. Aggressive offensive play by Lereon Ginnis kept us within striking distance until Tradition took advantage of their vertical superiority and stretched the lead to 12 mid-way through the fourth quarter.  The Cats played hard and never quit, but not having the Wildcats other big men, Gabriel Tovar and Rahmon Wiley available, definitely had a negative impact on the results of this game. 


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ     2


J. PORTILLO   12


L. GINNIS   17


A. AVILLA   2


 


GAME   #2           WILSON  33         MADISON PARK  43                                                                         12/5/2016


Two games in the books and two nights with 33 points.  This was almost a mirror image of our first game.  Wilson battled hard with the Lions in another very physical game and went into intermission all tied up at 18. Foul trouble once again short handed the Cats as Jason Portillo collected 3 early fouls and sat most of the 2nd quarter.  In the second half Portillo was hit with 2 more quick fouls and was out for the remainder.  Alexis Avila came in as Jason’s replacement and while doing a fine job on defense, had the lid shut on the basket, missing 8 layups.  Avilla wasn’t the only guilty party; the Cats missed a total of 16 mostly uncontested layups.  Thirty two points we should have had but did not.  Had we made even half of those shots, the Wildcats would have had their first win in the bag.  Lereon Ginnis paced the Cats scoring with 14 points, followed by Manuel Salinas who added 8.  Wounded Warrior honors goes to Luis Lopez who’s fighting a one man war down low most of the time and has the battle scars to prove it. 


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               4


J. PORTILLO        4


M. SALINAS        8


L. GINNIS             14


A. AVILLA            3


 


GAME #3      WILSON 47   GRIFFITH 19    12/08/2016


The Wildcats traveled to Griffith last night and played "Giant" slayers, with an impressive 28 point win. Wilson pelted the hosts with "rock" solid defense and took advantage of Griffith's stacked in defensive and broke out the "slingshots" tossing in an impressive nine 3 pointers.  I've been coaching for 29 years and this is the first time I've ever coached a game where we made more three pointers (9) then two pointers (8).  Wilson took the lead early and kept a substantial lead throughout, allowing the blue collar workers opportunities to get some quality minutes.  Derrick Rice took advantage of the opportunity and drained 3 super shots for his nine points for the night.  Lereon Ginnis once again lead all scorers with 19, followed by Jason Portillo who got on back with 14 points. Everyone played well and here's hoping now that we have the taste of victory in our mouths, it's something we will like and work to get more of.


 


SCORING:


G. TOVAR  2


L. GINNIS  19


J. PORTILLO  14


M. SALINAS  3


D. RICE  9


WESTERN VALLEY “WILDCAT” INVITATONAL


 


GAME # 4            WILSON 28          DESSERT SAND 15                                                            12/10/2016


Wilson faced 5A challenger, Dessert Sands in their opener at the WV Invitational and the Cats Defense and fast break offense took the sting out of the Scorpions early on and enjoyed a comfortable 8 point lead at the half.  Much of the same continued in the second half as Sands could neither break Wilson’s defense nor stop the Wildcat’s  Lereon Ginnis who made a meal of the arachnids, scoring 22 of Wilson’s 28.  After leading by as much as 16, the blue collar crew finished out the final minutes and held on for the 28 to 15 win.


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               4


J. PORTILLO        2


L. GINNIS             22


 


GAME # 5            WILSON 34          MADISON PARK 37                                                                          12/10/16


The best way anyone could describe what went on in this game would have to be “a tragic comedy written by Dr. Seuss.  So without further ado……..


I hate when high schoolers keep the score…..


I hate when they time keep even more….


Lereon fouled out, but he didn’t have 5…….


But he had to sit down, and I don’t know why?


Luis and Park’s #2 may have been playing with fouls 6……


Not having adults work the table needs fixed.


Then Luis and Manuel got thrown to the floor....


I bet when they go home tonight they'll be sore.


Oh what can you say, what can you do?


When the fate of the game’s left to “Thing 1 and Thing 2?


Then after game’s end, their coach said “this might have been a tie”?


But we lost any way……


                I just want to cry…sigh


The Wildcats took another hard one on the chin from the Lions, losing in another cat fight, 37 to 34 (I think).  At this point in time, some explaining may be necessary. This is a great little pre-season tournament put on by Western Valley Middle School and hosted by Sierra Linda High School. The score book and time keeping of all the games are done by the members of the High school basketball team. And while most do a very adequate job, the crew for this game left a lot to be desired. The kid running the score board had the wrong score on the board on at least five occasions and most likely still had it wrong at the end of the game.  And the kid doing the score book was even worse.  He had his stupid cell phone with him and if he paid as much attention to the game as he did to his tweets, things would have gone a whole lot smoother.  He wasn’t listening to the official  most of the time and was writing fouls down to the wrong numbers, missing called timeouts and rarely never matched with either Wilson’s or Parks bench book. Two of Mr. Ginnis (# 24) fouls, probably belonged to Luis Lopez (# 34).  The Officials had to actually stop the game on 3 different occasions to try and correct their messes.  And seriously, this game may have been in reality all tied up at the end of regulation. What really hurts is with the loss, the best we can do even if we had won the next game against Madison Traditional, which we did, is play for third.  Both teams played their backsides off and deserved better time keeping and score keeping than we got.


As for the play itself….I bet it was one heck of a game to watch! I couldn’t tell you because I was too busy coaching.  Madison Park came out pressing, but the Wildcats managed to break through the defensive wall that Lions had used so well in our previous meeting and carried a 9 point lead into the lockers at the half, all hell broke loose.  From  the scorer’s book to the clock to Manuel getting and Luis both getting hurt and then to have Lereon and Luis both foul out late, really left Wilson in a bind and Park (to their credit) took advantage of the opportunity given them and staged a comeback and stole the win.  Throughout all of this though, the Wildcats beat themselves at the foul line by making only 3 of 9 from the charity stripe.  Had we gone 6 of 9, the Cats would have gotten the “W” and would have moved on the championship round.  But hey, all the would of gotten’s and should of gotten’s in the world won’t even get you a cup of coffee and a bagel.  Jason Portillo led the Cat's scoring with 14, followed by Lereon Ginnis with 11.  The Wildcats will next face, in what’s become an "all East Side" final, Madison traditional and vie for third place honors.


SCORING:


G. TOVAR            1


L. LOPEZ               6


J. PORTILLO        14


M. SALINAS        2


L. GINNIS             11


 


GAME #6             WILSON 50          MADISON TRADITIONAL 43                                                         12/10/2016


Wilson bounced back after the earlier heart break with Park and took it to the MTA, winning by 7 and finishing a very respectable third place. The first half was a seesaw battle with the Cats owning a slim 1 point advantage at the intermission. A defensive adjustment by the Wildcats frustrated the Owls and opened up scoring opportunities on the fast break for the Cats.  Wilson stretched the lead to 14 and allowed the blue collar workers to get in and play solidly to preserve the win. Three Wildcats posted double figures with Lereon Ginnis pacing the boys in Maroon with 18, followed by Jason Portillo with 16 and Luis Lopez adding 10.  Overall, a good tournament for the Wildcats.  We beat a good 5A (big school) team in the opener, Almost beat Park who beat the Cats by 10 a few nights earlier and got an impressive win over Traditional who had beaten the Wildcats by 13 in our season opener.  Special thanks goes out to our school nurse, Ms. Beloff for supporting and feeding the Wildcats during the tournament.


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               10


J. PORTILLO        16


O. MARTINEZ     4


M. SALINAS        2


L. GINNIS             18


(END OF TOURNAMENT)


 


GAME #7             WILSON 42          BALSZ 23                                                                                              12/12/2016


If you are a fan that likes to see aggressive, swarming defense, I hope you were at last night’s game.  The Wildcats Pounced on Tigers, making multiple steals and running the fast break on their way to a 19 to 0 first quarter lead. Every Wildcat on the floor had their claws and fangs out and were going after the ball on defense on every pass, every shot and every rebound like the ball belonged to them, and for most of the first quarter, it did!  From there on as the Cats started platooning players in and out, both teams traded baskets the remainder of the game and Wilson won by the same first quarter margin, 42 to 19. Lereon Ginnis once again pace the Wildcats, scoring 21 points, followed by Jason Portillo who added 14.  I’m hoping someone recorded this one so I can show the guys how well things go when you play tough defense.  Great job gentlemen!


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               5


J. PORTILLO        14


O. MARTINEZ     2


L. GINNIS             21


 


GAME #8             WILSON 46          ASU PREP 70                                                                                      12/15/2016


The Wildcats got blown away by a tornado by the name of ASU Prep, specifically the Sun Devil’s point guard who personally laid 46 points on the Cats, tying our team total and cruising to a 24 point victory.  Wilson tried everything to stop him, chase zone, box & 1 defense, Triangle & 2, nothing we did managed to frustrate him or slow him down.  In Wilson’s defense, we didn’t have our big man, Luis Lopez, who is force inside to be reckoned with, but even he couldn’t have made that much of a difference. On the plus side the Wildcats nailed nine three-pointers.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t manage to get much work inside only scoring 12 points in the paint.  Lereon Ginnis put in a respectable 20 points to lead the Cats.  Jason Portillo followed with 12.


SCORING:


G. TOVAR            5


J. PORTILLO        12


M. SALINAS        9


L. GINNIS             20


 


GAME #9             WILSON 35          GRIFFITH 6                                                                                          12/20/2016


Merry Christmas!  The Wildcats got an early Christmas gift in the form of a struggling Griffith Giants.  After the beating the Cats took last week, this was just what the doctor ordered.  Especially since Wilson’s high point man, Lereon Ginnis was not available for the game.  Even down a man, the Cats jumped the Giants with aggressive defense and were off to the “Fast Break” races, sprinting to a 19 to 2 first quarter lead.  With the game well in hand Wilson cleared the bench early and everyone played at least 2 quarters.  Luis Lopez and Jason Portillo shared scoring honors with 11 points each.  Manuel Salinas followed with six.  The Wildcats will take a much needed holiday break and resume play in January. 


SCORING:


R. WILEY               1


J. PORTILLO        11


L. LOPEZ               11


M. SALINAS        6


A. ESTRADA        2


A. AVILA              2


O. MARTINEZ     2


 


(EXHIBITION) WILSON MAROON 30    WILSON GRAY 28                                  12/21/2016


The Wilson girls and guys hooked up today at the pep rally for a little “basketball mixer” as the boys and girls teams combined and divided to play the annual Maroon vs. Gray co-ed basketball game. This game was traditionally played at the end of the year, but with the discontinuance of the Team vs. Teachers game, has been added to the pep rally agenda.  This was another evenly matched game with both teams swapping the lead on at least 9 different occasions. There was a lot of defense, a lot of fast breaks, a lot of confusion at times, and in the end, a lot of fun.   Jason Portillo struggled handling the ball today and the Grays held him to 2 points.  Fortunately, Alexis Vila has figured out how to make a layup and paced the Maroon team with 12 points.  Luis Lopez followed with 9.  Michelle Torres had the lone 3 pointer of the day for the Maroons.  On the Gray side of the ball, Lereon Ginnis  took high point honors, leading all scorers with 13.  Danny Mitchell followed  with 7 and Rahmon “Bam” Wiley dropped in 6. 


MAROON SCORING:


M. TORRES          3


J. PORTILLO        2


L. LOPEZ               9


A. AVILA              12


A.  ESTRADA       4


 


GRAY SCORING:


L. GINNIS             13


O. MARTINEZ     2


D. MITCHELL       7


R. WILEY               6


GAME #10           WILSON 50          ASU PREP 56                                                                                      1/1012017


There have been a lot of conversation over the past few days about the recent NCAA football championship game being the best game ever played.  If you just happened to be in the Wildcats gym last night you might have witnessed, while not at the same level,  based on heart and effort and desire, a game that I feel could rank right up there with the best of them.  No, The Wildcats didn’t win the game, but we won the war.  It was tough, physical and confusing at times (the scoreboard wasn’t working) and both teams left if all on the floor, emotionally and physically. Wilson took an early lead and was up by 5. Prep fought their way back and took a 6 point advantage of their own.  From there on it was a back and forth affair with each team grabbing a slight advantage for a few minutes only to have the other fight back and regain the lead.  With time waning and ASU up two, Wilson’s big man, Luis Lopez was hammered to the floor while defending and had to leave the game.  The Cats sent in Rahmon Wiley, a 6th grader, to hold down the fort for Luis and he went down 2 plays later on a hard foul as he was driving to the bucket.  At this point Prep had pushed the lead to 4 and then took advantage of our lack of a true big man down low and dumped in another two to seal the victory.  This was a team that beat Wilson by 24 points right before Christmas. Their best player dropped 47 points on us himself in that game and the Wildcats were never in the game. This was a whole other game, especially on defense.  After half time the Cats played some of the best defense I have ever seen and really frustrated the Devils.  Yes, their leading scorer had a good night, he had 24, but we cut his point production in almost half.  Even their coach commented to me after the game that this was the hardest game they have had all season.  Lereon Ginnis paced the Wildcats with 18 points and was the driving force on the offense.  Jason Portillo had a stellar game and followed with 15. Everyone had their “A” game on tonight.   I sure would have liked to have this win and I’m not a fan of moral victories, but I’ll take this and be proud of what we did.  But, as a coach though I always have to look for things to improve on so here it is………..The Wildcats missed 12 foul shots.  If we had made them?  Well, you do the math.


 


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               8


J. PORTILLO        15


O. MARTINEZ     3


M. SALINAS        6


L. GINNIS             18


 


GAME #11           WILSON 47          MADISON PARK 57                                                                          1/12/2017


Two hard fought games in a row.  The Wildcats had their chances but ran out of gas in the overtime period, losing to Park by 10.  The intensity was there, the heart was there, but the Cats struggled shooting from the perimeter and continued with their fouls shooting woes, missing 11.  But Wilson wasn’t the only team off their game.  The officials made several bizarre calls against both teams that while not determine the final outcome of the game, did change the ebb and flow of it, and I’m a big believer in good things happening when you have momentum swing your way.  Well, it is what it is.  Lereon Ginnis again paced the Wildcats scoring, dropping in 26, Jason Portillo followed with 12 and Luis Lopez added 7.  The Wildcats will spend the MLK weekend participating in the Arizona Junior High Invitational which is a qualifier for the state tournament in Tucson. 


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               7


J. PORTILLO        12


M. SALINAS        2


L. GINNIS             26


 


2017 ARIZONA INVITATONAL TOURNAMENT


GAME #12           WILSON  53         MADISON MEADOWS 7th.   24                                                     1/13/2017


Wilson opened up the 2017 AZ Invite with an impressive win over Meadows, 53 to 24.  The Cats took charge early on sprinting to a 20 to 3 lead at the end of the first quarter. After trading baskets for most of the next 2 quarters, the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run to close out the victory.  Lereon Ginnis lead all scorers posting 23 points.  Jason Portillo followed with 12 and Rahmon Wiley dumped in a big 8 points for the Cats.


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               4


R. WILEY               8


J. PORTILLO        12


M. SALINAS        4


L. GINNIS             23


D. MITCHELL       2


 


GAME #13           WILSON  41         BASIS-PRESCOTT  46                                                                       1/14/2017


The Wildcats lost a hard one to Basis-Prescott by 5 points in our first of 2 games on Saturday. It’s hard to win when you only have 3 people do all the scoring, a credit to Prescott’s defense, that’s not what ultimately cost us the game.  While we are doing better as a team at the line, missed foul shots was once again a major factor in who won or lost.  Wilson connected on 5 of 11 from the charity stripe, and once again, do the math, if we had made the 6 we missed?  Well….you get the picture.


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               8


J. PORTILLO        18


L. GINNIS             15


 


GAME #14           WILSON  51         MTA 7TH.  43                                                                                       1/14/2017


Wilson rebounded from their opening loss and grabbed their first tournament victory, defeating the Owls 51 to 43.  A strong second quarter carried the Wildcats the rest of the game as both teams traded baskets the entire second half.  Lereon Ginnis continued his scoring leadership, pacing the Wildcats with 25 points.  Jason Portillo added 13 with Manuel Salinas having a solid game, putting in 7 Oscar Martinez netting 6. After pool play, Wilson is the 5th. seed and will take on 6th. seed St. Theresa in the elimination round on Monday.


SCORING:


J. PORTILLO        13


O. MARTINEZ     6


M. SALINAS        7


L. GINNIS             25


 


GAME #15           WILSON 45          ST. THOMAS  37                                                                                1/16/2017


Wilson advanced to the semi-final round, with an 8 point win over St. Thomas.  After jumping to a comfortable 13 point halftime lead, the Cats fell flat in the 3rd. quarter and allowed St. Thomas cut the lead to 7. But the Wildcats refocused in the final stanza and held on for the victory.  Lereon Ginnis dropped in a season’s high 29 points.  Rahmon Wiley had his best game of the season scoring 8.


R. WILEY               8


J. PORTILLO        4


O. MARTINEZ     2


M. SALINAS        2


L. GINNIS             29


 


GAME #16           WILSON  50         BASIS-PRESCOTT 47                                                                        1/16/2017


Well it’s off to the finals!  Wilson squared off in a re-match against BASIS-Prescott, with the victor getting a shot at the title.  In another tight hard fought affair, foul shooting, which has been the Wildcats bane all season actually helped get us the win as the Cats hit 10 of 17 freebees, while our foes struggled at the line, only connecting on 6 of 15.  The one-two punch of Lereon Ginnis and Jason Portillo continued to lead the Wildcats attack with Ginnis scoring 23 and Portillo adding 17.  An extremely solid performance by everyone involved.  The Cats will take on St. Theresa next, with the winner taking home the gold.


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               7


J. PORTILLO        17


M. SALINAS        3


L. GINNIS             23


 


GAME #17           WILSON  50         ST. THERESA  33                                                                                1/16/2017


Congratulations to the Wildcats boys’ basketball team for winning the Arizona Jr. Hi Basketball Tournament defeating St. Theresa in the finals 50 to 33. Wilson needed to play their most complete game of the year to get this victory and they did just that.  Solid defense and balanced scoring was the order of the day for the Cats with 7 players contributing on the scoreboard.  Lereon Ginnis closed out an outstanding tournament, pacing the Cats scoring with 19 points.  Jason Portillo followed closely with 15.  For his efforts, Ginnis was selected to the all-tournament team.  I am extremely proud of the team’s performance, effort, and attitude on and off the court this entire weekend.  Enjoy the crown, you earned it!   Winning the championship qualifies the Wildcats for the State championship tournament in Tucson in March.


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               4


R. WILEY               6


J. PORTILLO        15


O. MARTINEZ     2


M. SALINAS        2


L. GINNIS             19


D. MITCHELL       2


(END OF TOURNAMENT)


 


GAME #18           WILSON 37          BALSZ  19                                                                                             1/17/2017


Wilson returned to league plan and continued their recent winning ways, knocking of Balsz 37 to 19.  After a slow start, the Cats pressured their way to a 9 point lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.   Lereon Ginnis and Jason Portillo shared high point honors with Ginnis making 15 and Portillo adding 12.  Wilson  concludes the 2016-2017 on the road at Madison Traditional Academy on Thursday 1/19.


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               5


R. WILEY               2


J. PORTILLO        12


M. SALINAS        1


L. GINNIS             15


D. MITCHELL       2


 


GAME #19           WILSON 50          MADISON TRADITIONAL 49                                                         1/19/2017


The Wildcats escaped a furious comeback by the host Owls, winning their last game of the season, 50 to 49.  Wilson played the role of spoiler tonight, knocking MTA out of sole possession of second place in the East, forcing the Owls into a 1 game play-in against Madison Park to see who goes to the conference playoffs.  The Cats opened the game with their claws out and pushed to an early 13 point lead at the end of the first half.  Unfortunately, our aggressive play led to early foul trouble, forcing the boys in Maroon to ease off a little which allowed MTA to slow the game down and get back in the game.  Big games by Jason Portillo, who finally found his shot at the elbow and Lereon Ginnis carried the Wildcats to the win.  Both players shared scoring honors, dropping in 23 points each.  With the win, Wilson closes out the season with an over all record of 11 wins and 7 losses (5 and 5 in conference play) and a 4th. place finish in the 4A East division.


SCORING:


L. LOPEZ               2


J. PORTILLO        23


O. MARTINEZ     2


L. GINNIS             23