Deer Valley High School's Kendall Smith hit the fadeaway jumper on the left baseline. The clock showed six minutes, three seconds to go in Saturday night's championship game in the Chris Vontoure Classic. But the game was over.
The points were Nos. 22 and 23 on the night for Smith, en route to 28. They put the Wolverines up 20 points on host De La Salle on their way to a 55-38 victory. And they were a reminder that Deer Valley is not just Kentucky-bound forward Marcus Lee.
Smith made 12 of 18 shots on the night.
Meantime, Lee scored the game's first six points as Deer Valley (6-1) raced to a 13-0 lead. The Spartans (2-1) didn't score until Elliott Pitts took a pass from Eric Daul and made a shot with 2:58 to go in the first quarter.
De La Salle never really got back into the game. That was due mainly to Deer Valley's defense, which forced 17 turnovers and held the Spartans to 25 percent (13 of 52) shooting from the field. Pitts was the only offense for much of the night -- he finished with 17 points. However, he was 6 of 22 (27 percent) shooting.
The game was a key early season contest between two teams likely to battle it out in the North Coast Section Division I playoffs. In last season's NCS final, De La Salle defeated Deer Valley 54-31, a point not lost on the Wolverines.
"This was kind of a revenge game for us," Smith said.
Monte Vista 3, Pittsburg 1: Goals from Charles Zaloumis and Cameron Lyall gave the Mustangs a 2-0 lead after 60 minutes, and Arman Mogharei's goal in the 73rd minute gave Monte Vista the point it needed to clinch the Tri-Valley Champions Challenge championship at Amador Valley High.
The Mustangs finished with 21 points to 20 for Amador Valley, which lost 3-1 to College Park earlier Saturday to open the door for Monte Vista. Teams receive one point for each goal it scores, up to three goals. Monte Vista also claimed wins over Clayton Valley (4-0) and Richmond (2-1) earlier this month to win the event and improve its record to 5-0-2.
With Monte Vista leading 2-0, the Pirates (2-2-0) benefited from an own goal to cut the deficit to one. Pittsburg had a goal nullified by an offside call and a missed penalty before Mogharei's goal.
College Park (3-4-2) used goals from Christian Garibay, Andrew Tabone and Joey Brauer to beat Amador Valley (6-1).
-- Matt Smith, correspondent