The Immanuel High Eagles turned it on in the fourth quarter, then — after losing tournament Most Valuable Player Jordan Rodriguez to injury — held on to defeat the Mt. Whitney High Pioneers 69-63 in the finals of their own Tournament of Champions on Dec. 1.
Sophomore Winston Wllliams sank two free throws in the final five seconds to ice the victory for Immanuel (3-0 entering a Dec. 4 home game against Madera South), after the Pioneers (5-1) surged back to cut a 17-point deficit to four in the closing seconds.
"I watched Mt. Whitney play their first two games. They're good," Eagles coach Chris Woods said. "After Madera South we go to Monterey [County] to see some out-of-the-area competition, Our experience this week will help us build on that."
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