BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Salpointe beat Catalina Foothills 57-55 in overtime

Majok Deng defended by Jimmy Stewart. (Andy Morales/

No. 2 Salpointe beat No. 3 Catalina Foothills 57-55 in overtime Thursday night to set up a 4A championship game against No. 1 Shadow Mountain on Saturday. While Shadow Mountain took care of No. 4 Moon Valley with ease, the game between Salpointe and Catalina Foothills went down to the wire.

Down 49-47, Salpointe senior Cameron Miller hit a 3-pointer to put the Lancers up 50-49 with 1:47 left in regulation. The shot capped a 7-0 run by Salpointe at a time in the game when the Lancers have fallen back to the Falcons in the past – nine times to be exact….


Salpointe 57, Catalina Foothills 55 (OT)

CF: 11-13-17-11-3: 55
SAL: 13-13-11-15-5: 57

CF: S. Beskind 16 (4-8); S. Lewis 10 (1-2); P. Katz; 10 (2-3); C. James 8 (2-2); J. Stewart 6; J. Irwin 5. 3-Pointers: S. Lewis 3; S. Beskind 2; C. James 2; J. Irwin. FINAL: 55 (9-15).
SAL: C. Miller 18 (1-1); M. Deng 12 (6-6); A. McCall 10 (3-4); I. Cruz 8; R. Obrien 7 (4-4); J. Breshears 2. 3-Pointers: C. Miller 3; R. O’Brien; A. McCall. FINAL 57 (14-15).

Thursday, Feb. 23


SEMIFINALS at Amphitheater
No. 2 Salpointe 57, No. 3 Catalina Foothills 55 (OT)

Friday, Feb. 24


SEMIFINALS at Prescott Valley
No. 3 The Gregory School vs. No. 2 Rock Point, 10:30 a.m.
(Streamed Live NFHS Network)


SEMIFINALS at Prescott Valley
No. 1 The Gregory School vs. No. 4 Valley Lutheran, 3 p.m.
(Streamed Live NFHS Network)

Saturday, Feb. 25


CHAMPIONSHIP at Gila River Arena
No. 2 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Shadow Mountain, 2:30 p.m.
(Streamed Live NFHS Network)


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 Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at

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