BASKETBALL: Sabino Holiday Classic Results

Gregory School senior Anderson Mort goes up against Casteel on Friday. (Andy Morales/

Sabino Boys Holiday Classic
Dec. 27-28

Sabino went 4-0 at the Holiday Classic including a 77-75 win over Queen Creek Casteel on Thursday. Casteel finished 3-1 at the two-day tournament but it took a 101-98 double overtime victory over Amphitheater on Friday to get the three wins. The Panthers also finished 3-1.

Sahuaro also went 3-1, with a 55-41 loss to Amphitheater, and Palo Verde finished 3-1 with an 85-65 loss to Sabino.

The round-robin tournament was designed to give each team a chance to play nonregional teams heading into the stretch run towards the state playoffs. Sabino improved to 15-0 on the year and 7-0 in power-ranking games, giving the Sabercats a No. 4 Ranking in the 3A Conference.

Amphitheater (13-2, 8-0) is ranked No. 6 in the 4A Conference and Palo Verde (12-3, 8-1) in ranked No. 9. Casteel (13-4, 6-3) is ranked No. 8 in the 5A Conference. Gregory School (16-2, 9-0) is ranked No. 3 in the 1A Conference.

Thursday, Dec. 27
Amphitheater 55, Sahuaro 41
Gregory School 62, Sahuarita 58
Walden Grove 61, Flowing Wells 53
Palo Verde 75, Desert View 51
Canyon del Oro 73, Kofa 33
Sabino 77, Casteel 75
Sahuaro 60, Sahuarita 59
Amphitheater 75, Gregory School 72
Palo Verde 70, Flowing Wells 25
Walden Grove 75, Kofa 47
Casteel 72, Desert View 44
Sabino 81, Canyon del Or 58

Friday, Dec. 28
Casteel 101, Amphitheater 98 (2 OT)
Sahuarita 79, Walden Grove 60
Sahuaro 68, Kofa 41
Gregory School 62, Desert View 44
Canyon del Oro 66, Flowing Wells 42
Sabino 85, Palo Verde 65
Casteel 89, Gregory School 77
Sahuaro 75, Walden Grove 53
Amphitheater 54, Desert View 47
Sahuarita 74, Desert View 37
Palo Verde 106, Canyon del Oro 60
Sabino 73, Flowing Wells 43


Tombstone Boys Basketball Tournament

Dec. 27-28

Bisbee went 2-1 at the Tombstone Tournament. The Pumas are ranked No. 24 in the 2A Conference, San Manuel is ranked No. 18 and Tombstone is No. 22.

Thursday, Dec. 27
Bisbee 49, Tombstone 41
San Manuel 56, Bisbee 26
San Manuel 49, Tombstone 36

Thursday, Dec. 28
San Manuel 52, Tombstone 33
Bisbee 60, San Manuel 59
Tombstone 58, Bisbee 32


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at

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