Michael Wiesneth sank four of his five attempts from 3-point range Saturday to lead Hoover of Alabama to the championship of the Alaska Airlines Classic, ending Thunder Mountain’s impressive run through the tournament.
Hoover thumped Thunder Mountain 70-45 in the title game at West.
Wiesneth’s 14 points led a balanced attack for the Alabama team, which was on fire from long-range, hitting 10 of 18 from 3-point range. Thunder Mountain hit 2 of 7 from 3-point range.
Brannan Defore added 13 points and a team-high six rebounds for Hoover.
Four players reached double figures to help Hoover clean up in the championship game, improving to 21-0 on the season.
Sam Jahn’s 19 points and Matt Seymour’s 16 led Thunder Mountain, which chalked up victories over defending state champion Dimond and Northwood of Shreveport, Louisiana, on its run to the championship game.
Thunder Mountain reached the final after upsetting Northwood 57-56 after Vili Tupou used one-handed tip off a missed layup by Jahn as the buzzer sounded, lifting Thunder Mountain to a overtime win over the team from the bayou.