December 1, 2012
Monterey Trail to face Jesuit for Jack Scott tourney title tonight

It will be a battle of contrasts tonight at 8 o'clock when Monterey Trail plays Jesuit for the championship of the 38th annual Jack Scott Basketball Tournament at Rio Americano High School.

Jesuit features one of the area's tallest teams, led by 6-foot-8 Brady Anderson, 6-6 Lake Lutes and 6-4 Isiah King. Guard-dominated Monterey Trail has no player taller than 6-3.

Both have something in common, too. They are young, each with only two seniors on their respective rosters.

Jesuit advanced to tonight's finals by winning come-from-behind games over Kennedy, 63-51, and Foothill, 50-46. Monterey Trail beat Oak Ridge 65-63 in overtime - the Mustangs trailed by five points with 1:05 remaining - and edged Rio Americano 56-52.

In other games today, El Camino plays Center at 3:15 p.m. for seventh place; Kennedy faces Oak Ridge at 4:45 p.m. for the consolation title; and Rio Americano plays Foothill at 6:15 p.m. for third place.

Tournament organizer and Rio Americano coach Chris Jones says the tournament has been the most competitive in the five years he has done the event.

"It's definitely the most balanced," Jones said. "Anybody could have won it. It was just a matter of who played the best, and that's why Jesuit and Monterey Trail are in the championship game."

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