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MVP performance lifts Mountain View

Thursday, December 18, 2008

HARD TO STOP: Lee Lewis goes up for a bucket in the finals of the Lyon College Tournament. Photo/Mullins
There's no doubt that Mountain View's Dustin Caston has a deadly outside shooting stroke. After all, the Yellowjackets' senior shooting guard did knock down four big 3-pointers in the finals of the Lyon College High School Invitational Tournament finals against the explosive Melbourne Bearkatz.

But Caston's biggest contributions in the championship game came from a bit closer in, 15 feet away from the basket.

Caston, the tournament's MVP, sank four big free throws in the last 30 seconds of the game to give Mountain View a hard-fought 64-58 win over the Bearkatz Dec. 13 at Becknell Gymnasium.

And this battle for the 2008 tournament title was certainly not lacking for drama, or for a fantastic finish.

The Yellowjackets led most of the game, but the top-seeded Katz did manage to claw ahead in the final frame.

With Melbourne up 56-55 and in possession of the basketball, Mountain View trapped Spencer Caraway near the top of the key. With the five-second count closing in, Caraway (10 points) calmly flung the ball to a cutting Chase Massey, and Massey caught the pass and swooped in for a backdoor layup that pushed Melbourne's lead to 58-55 with 59 seconds left to play.

But the Yellowjackets remained poised and fashioned a late comeback.

Aaron Farris hit two free throws to pull Mountain View within one point at the 41-second mark.

Then Caston (game-high 24 points) got his hands on the ball in Melbourne's backcourt and was fouled with 30 seconds left. Caston hit both ends of the one-and-one to give the Yellowjackets a 59-58 advantage.

On Melbourne's next possession, the Yellowjackets swiped the ball again, and again, Caston hit both free throws to push Mountain View's lead to 61-58 with 17 ticks left.

The Bearkatz tried a long trey on their next trip downcourt, but the shot missed and Ethan Gammill closed the book on Mountain View's victory with a charity toss with five seconds left, giving the Yellowjackets a 62-58 win.

The Katz placed two players on the All-Tournament team, Lee Lewis and Chase Massey. Lewis drained three triples on his way to a team-high 20 points for Melbourne, with Massey following with 15 points.

The Yellowjackets held serve 20-17 after the first period of play, and the second period started off like a good, old-fashioned gunslinger's duel between Caston and Lewis.

Caston hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the stanza, pushing the Yellowjackets in front 26-17.

Then Lewis responded with an "anything you can do, I can do better" answer.

First, he hit a jumper. Then, he exploded for back-to-back 3-balls that pulled Melbourne within three, 28-25.

Dalton Grigg (12 points) stuck back a miss for Melbourne to narrow the gap to one with five minutes left until the half.

Caston then uncorked another trey, and although Massey knocked down the last five points of the second for Melbourne, the Yellowjackets still maintained a 35-32 lead at intermission.

In the third, the Katz kept churning, but every time it looked like they would overtake Mountain View, the Yellowjackets pulled up and hit a big 3-pointer. Grigg got free for a layup late in the third that ended the period with Mountain View leading 47-46.

Melbourne did edge in front in the fourth, but Caston was there to steady the ship and help Mountain View to a six-point victory over the Bearkatz.

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