Rim Country Crew Plays To Mohave Bronze

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The Payson summer league basketball team finished as bronze medalists with a 3-1 record in the Matador Invitational Tournament held June 25 and 26 in Mohave.

Thirteen teams from Arizona, California and Nevada were entered in the tournament.

The Payson team comprises high school youngsters who will be participating on PHS junior varsity and varsity teams next season.

The Rim squad opened tournament play with a 62-50 victory over host Mohave. Later the same day, Payson slipped past Yucca, California 47-42. Competing in the tournament semifinals early the second day, Payson dropped a 47-42 decision to the Kingman Bulldogs.

In the battle for third-place honors, Payson soundly thumped River Valley 67-29.

Although individual statistics are not compiled in summer play, coach Mike Loutzenheiser praised the contributions of a foursome of his players.

Mike Barr, he said, "could not be stopped, he was the dominating player in the tournament."

At 6-foot, 7-inches and 235-pounds, Barr has the size and strength to bully his way around the basket. In addition to being the team's offensive leader, he is a top-notch rebounder and solid defender.

Wingman Cort Connolly and off-guard Kyle Hubbard were praised for their floor play and solid defense.

The coach said point guard Wellington Cassuto was successful in engineering the offense. Cassuto, who will be a junior at PHS next year, was a varsity reserve last season on a Longhorn team dominated by seniors.

Now that those players have graduated, Cassuto will most likely be the player coaches call upon to lead the Longhorns into their first year of play in the Class 4A conference Grand Canyon region.

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