Monday Holiday Hoops and Soccer Roundup: Nalin Martinez scores 19 points in 5 minutes


Nalin Martinez scored 19 points in a five-minute span for Cienega. (Andy Morales/

Nalin Martinez scored 19 points in a five-minute span for Cienega. (Andy Morales/


A busy day of basketball and soccer for teams from Southern Arizona. The Catalina Foothills boys improved to 2-0 at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic with their 68-56 win over No.4 Green Valley (NV) earlier today. The Falcons will face the top-seeded Damien (CA) squad on Tuesday.

Jacob Inclan scored 23 points to lead Sunnyside to a 46-39 win over Clark (NV) at the Invite and the Blue Devils will face Basha tomorrow.

Salpointe defeated Redmond (WA) 73-57 at the Phoenix Cactus Jam with Cameron Miller leading the way with 20 points. Eddie Krasinski had 14 and Ethan Parkhurst added 13.

The Cienega girls got things started at the Flowing Wells Shootout with a 56-34 win over Desert Christian. The game was tied at 13-13 with 6:21 left in the second quarter but Cienega went on a 24-7 run over the last six minutes to break the game open.

Bobcat guard Nalin Martinez sparked the run thanks to 19 points off of five 3-pointers and four free throws. Three of her free throws came as a result of being fouled while shooting a 3-pointer and the other came off of a four-point play to end the half.

Her 19 points came in a 5-minute span.

Wednesday Lewis and Senida Sotelo scored 10 points each to help pace Cienega and Lauren Green added seven. Taylor Usry scored 15 for Desert Christian and Hannah Bjorgum had seven.

Cienega will face the winner of Buena and Marana on Tuesday while Desert Christian will face the loser of the same game.

Palo Verde defeated 51-37 Flowing Wells in the late game.

The Titans raced out to a 12-0 lead thanks to four straight 3-pointers but Flowing Wells went on an 11-3 run to cut the lead down to 15-11 with 7:40 left in the second quarter.

Palo Verde regained control and slowly pulled away again and led 44-27 after the third. Flowing Wells made one last run and cut the lead down to 45-37 with 5:43 left in the game but Alexandria Johnson made six free throws down the stretch to hold Flowing Wells back.

Johnson finished with 20 points and freshman Aaliya Ortiz added 18. Amanda Miguel led Flowing Wells with 12 points and Tyree Honani had 11.

The Pusch Ridge boys defeated St. Augustine 62-32 at the Northwest Desert Classic this morning and the Pusch Ridge girls held off Salpointe 41-36 in the next game.

Cameron Foss scored 14 points to lead the Pusch Ridge boys while Kyle Eggers, Ben Walker and Jared Bristol scored 11 each. Jacob Dybas scored 11 to lead St. Augustine and Andrew Reyna scored seven.

The Salpointe girls had a small lead over Pusch Ridge for most of the game and held a 22-18 lead at the half but Pusch Ridge went on an 8-3 run to take a 26-25 lead. The Lions went up 31-28 with 5:41 left in the game but Haylin Harris hit a 3-pointer with 5:11 left to tie it back up.

Allison Bergendorff made six free throws for Pusch Ridge down the stretch to preserve the 41-36 win.

Bree Olson had 14 points for Pusch Ridge and Caroline Pisani had nine for Salpointe.

Alexis Cortez scored 22 points to lead Tucson past Coconino 46-44. Her last bucket came at the buzzer for the winner. Marissa Copley had 18 for Coconino.

Ryan Grabosch scored 14 points to lead Desert Christian past Immaculate Heart 58-21. Connor Pickett led Immaculate Heart with 11 points including three 3-pointers.

Flowing Wells Holiday Shootout

Dec. 28-30

Monday, Dec. 28
Palo Verde 51, Flowing Wells 37
Cienega 56, Desert Christian 34

Tuesday, Dec. 29
Pueblo vs. Catalina Foothills, 9 am
Buena vs. Marana, 9 am
Rio Rico vs. Dobson, 10:30 am
Nogales vs. Sunnyside, 10:30 am
Queen Creek vs. Kofa, Noon
Sahuaro vs. Vista Grande, Noon
Canyon del Oro vs. Palo Verde, 1:30 pm
Flowing Wells vs. loser Pueblo/Foothills, 1:30 pm
Desert Christian vs. loser Buena/Marana, 3 pm
Cienega vs. winner Buena/Marana, 3 pm

Northwest Desert Classic

Dec. 28-30: Pusch Ridge & Immaculate Heart

Monday, Dec. 28
Pusch Ridge 62, St. Augustine 32 (BOYS)
Pusch Ridge 41, Salpointe 36 (GIRLS)
Globe 70, Catalina 45 (BOYS)
Ironwood Ridge 48 , Notre Dame 45, (GIRLS)
Tucson 63, Marcos De Niza 32 (GIRLS)
Pusch Ridge 59, St. Michael’s 25 (BOYS)
Tucson 46, Coconino 44 (GIRLS)
Benson 52, St. Michaels 14 (BOYS)
Desert Christian 58, Immaculate Heart 21 (BOYS)
Coconino 59, St. Michael’s 41 (GIRLS)
Catalina 43, Immaculate Heart 37 (BOYS)
Pusch Ridge 38, Notre Dame 28 (GIRLS)
Globe 57, Desert Christian 54 (BOYS)

Tuesday, Dec. 29

At Pusch Ridge
10:00 am Marcos De Niza vs. St. Michael’s (GIRLS)
11:40 am Ironwood Ridge vs. Salpointe (GIRLS)
1:20 pm Catalina vs. Desert Christian (BOYS)
3:00 pm St. Michael’s vs. Tucson (GIRLS)
4:40 pm Salpointe vs. Notre Dame (GIRLS)
6:20 pm PRCA vs. Ironwood Ridge (GIRLS)
8:00 pm PRCA vs. Benson (BOYS)

At Immaculate Heart
3:00 pm Benson vs. St. Augustine (BOYS)
4:40 pm Immaculate Heart vs. Globe (BOYS)
6:20 pm Coconino vs. Marcos De Niza (GIRLS)
8:00 pm St. Michael’s vs. St. Augustine (BOYS)

MaxPreps Holiday Classic

Dec. 26-30: Palm Springs

Saturday, Dec. 26
Catalina Foothills 56, Ponderosa (CA) 54
Simi Valley (CA) 68, Rincon/UHS 60

Monday, Dec. 28
Catalina Foothills 68, No. 4 Green Valley (NV) 56
Downey (CA) 66, Rincon 56

Tuesday, Dec. 29
Catalina Foothills vs. No. 1 Damien (CA), 1 pm
Rincon vs. King (CA), 5:30 p.m. Invite

Dec. 28-31: Mesa Mountain View

Monday, Dec. 28
Sunnyside 46, Clark (NV) 39
(Jacob Inclan 23 points)

Tuesday, Dec. 29
Sunnyside vs. Basha, 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 30
Sunnyside vs. Loyola (IL), 4 p.m.

Phoenix Cactus Jam

Dec. 28-31

Monday, Dec 28
Salpointe 73, Redmond (WA) 57
(Cameron Miller 20 points, Eddie Krasinski 14, Ethan Parkhurst 13)

Tuesday, Dec. 29
Salpointe vs. Pleasant Grove (UT), 1:15 pm

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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