Trio Of Longhorns Earn Tourney Honors

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Standout performances in the Arizona State Class 3A tournament earned a trio of Longhorn basketball plays berths on the all-tournament team.

Chosen by voting member of the 3A conference were Oliver Lewinson, Matt Wilson and Cody York.

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Cody York, a combo guard/forward, averaged 10.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for the state runner-up Longhorns. All state tournament selection Oliver Lewinson wrapped up the campaign averaging 11.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Defensively, he blocked a team high 23 shots. Matt Wilson, a 6-foot, 7-inch low post stalwart averaged 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He was Payson's third leading shot blocker with 14.

Lewinson is a senior and Wilson and York are juniors.

The three helped lead the Longhorns into the state tournament finals where Payson gave top seeded and No. 1 ranked Estrella Foothills all it handle before falling 64-51.

The 3A tournament was played Feb. 11 to 23 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

In the earlier rounds of the tournament, Lewinson, Wilson and York paced the Horns to wins over Holbrook, Chino Valley and Safford.

In beating Safford, a team that entered that tournament with just one

regular season loss, the combination of 6-foot, 8-inch Lewinson and 6-foot, 7-inch Wilson dominated inside.

"The difference in the game was that our inside players dominated theirs," coach Kenny Hayes said.

In the gold medal finale against Estrella, Lewinson was particularly effective finishing with a team high 19 points.

Lewinson wrapped up the campaign averaging 11.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Defensively, he blocked a team high 23 shots.

Wilson, also a first team all region football player, averaged 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He was Payson's third leading shot blocker with 14 rejections and all season long drew praise from Hayes for his ability to help-defend from the weak side.

York, a speedy guard and forward, who could shoot the three when called upon, averaged 10.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

He also often played the role of floor general dishing out 39 assists. Defensively, he led the team in steals with 46 and blocked 17 shots.

With the season at an end, the all-tournament three, their teammates, coaches and parents will gather 6:30 p.m. March 19 in the entertainment hall at the Mazatzal Casino for the traditional season ending awards banquet.

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