Ever Figueroa cracked the hardwood big time with his selection to the 3A East All-Region Basketball Team.
The senior point guard was the only Longhorn player chosen to a team dominated by Round Valley and Blue Ridge. Both schools, which tied for first in the final region standings, had three players each chosen to the prestigious squad.
The past season, Figueroa — one of three team captains along with Cody Waterman and Dakota Marshall — averaged 12 ppg for the Longhorns as the player who pulled the trigger in the Longhorn offense.
He was an adept ball handler and penetrator who could draw defenses with his dribble drives and then kick out to the open man.
Because Waterman and Marshall were sidelined much of the season with injuries, Figueroa was the go-to man and team leader most of the campaign.
One of his finest games might have been in a 67-56 late-season win over Snowflake that snapped the Horns’ nine-game losing streak.
In the victory, Figueroa astutely engineered the offense while scoring a game-high 17 points and dishing out five assists. With him at the helm, the Longhorns finished 11-17 overall.
Payson’s Waterman and Marshall were named All-East honorable mention.
Had the duo not been injured, they would have been solid candidates for first team.
Also in the region voting, Blue Ridge’s Adam Reeck was named “Coach of the Year” and Alchesay’s Rasta Nashio was chosen Player of the Year.
For the Falcons, Nashio averaged a region-high 29 ppg.
In the state tournament, Round Valley — which entered as a No. 6 seed — advanced to the championship finale before losing, 77-57, to Estrella Foothills, which won its third consecutive state title.