Basketball

HOOPS: Marana beat Empire to win Eddie Martinez Invitational

Marana. (Courtesy Photo)

First Eddie Martinez Invitational

Jan. 5- 7 at Florence High School

Marana (8-9, 0-0 in the 5A Sonoran) went 6-0 at the First Eddie Martinez Invitational held at Florence High School this past week. The Tigers withstood two overtime games, including a 73-71 win over Florence in the semifinal round, to capture the championship over Empire.

Empire (13-8, 2-1 in the 3A South) went 6-1 at the Invitational.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Championship Bracket
Tyson Corner, Marana
Jesus Valenzuela, Marana
Ramone Martin, Empire
Gabe Elias, Empire
Jose Dichochea, Sahuarita

Consolation Bracket
Sean Hahn, Valley Union

SCHEDULE

Thursday, Jan. 5
Empire 81, Valley Union 37
Marana 32, Sahuarita 27
Fort Thomas 68, Valley Union 28
Sahuarita 48, Ray 44
Empire 57, Scottsdale Prep 39
Marana 62, San Tan Foothills 23

Friday, Jan. 6
Sahuarita 54, San Tan Foothills 34
Empire 53, Fort Thomas 51 (OT)
Marana 57, Ray 26
Scottsdale Prep 48, Valley Union 34
Marana 45, Scottsdale Prep 44 (OT)
Sahuarita 54, Valley Union 33
Empire 79, Superior 33

Saturday, Jan. 7
Florence 49, Sahuarita 37
Empire 69, Fort Thomas 44
San tan Foothills 71, Valley Union 25
Marana 73, Florence 71 (OT)
Empire 50, Metro Tech 42

CHAMPIONSHIP
Marana 76, Empire 45

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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 and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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