Basketball

MLK Classic Game Day

Kam’Ren Rhodes scored 28 points in a big win for the Sabercats. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

GAME RECAPS ARE HERE

 

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BOYS INTERVIEWS

 

GIRLS INTERVIEWS

First up 1A No. 1 Gregory School (12-0) vs. 5A No 16 Buena (8-4)  All records are power-ranking records.

Buena: Kino Bellinger and Grant Ward.

Gregory School: Anderson Mort, Tomari Harris and Demari Harris.

Bueena jumps ut to a 12-0 lead with 4:40 lft in the first. TGS has had their shots – just not falling.

Buena controlling in the inside but they also hot two 3’s in a row. TGS difficulty at the line. Buena leads 20-6 after one.

TGS cut the lead down to 20-12 with 5:41 left in the half but Buena is responding up 27-14 4:43 left.

Teams have played evenly after Buena jumped out to that early lead. 36-29 Buena at the half.

timeout, Buena leads 45-33 4:13 left in the third.

At the end of three: Buena leads 55-41. TGS has cut into the lead several times but the Colts have an answer every time.

Timeout Buena leads 66-53 2:54 left.

FINAL: Buena over Gregory School 69-61

for TGS Mort 10, Prior 12, T Harris 18, D Harris 15, Benson 6, Alpert 3. For BUENA Fenton 14, McFadden 9, Featherston 14, Bellinger 10, Ward 18, Foster 4

NEXT UP: 4A No. 27 CDO (5-7) girls vs. 3A No. 2 Tanque Verde (10-1)

CDO: Tianna Carter

TV: Nikya Orange

 

Low key as TV leads CDO 9-6 after one.

CDO took  brief lead on 3 pointer from Carter but TV stills holds a lead at the half, 21-17.

29-23 TV still leads heading to the 4th.

Big run has CDO right back in it, down 42-38 with 1:16 left. Now 44-40 42.6 left.

TV pulls it out 46-40

TV: Wall 17, Orange 5, Berg 4, Cullinan 7, Hastings 9, Morris 4.

CDO: Carter 23, Falcone 6, Castillo 9, Brumm 2

 

NEXT: 3A No. 19 Sahuarita boys (6-5) vs. 3A No. 25 Catalina (6-5)

Catalina dominating inside/outside game Byron Brown keeping Sahuarita in the game. CAT leads 12-6 after one.

Catalina trying to improve their ranking and move up in the 3A South Region while Sahuarita is trying to hold on to their ranking as the playoffs approach.

Sahuarita climbs back in, takes 38-36 lead with 2:27 left in the third.

Catalina ends the 3rd up 44-39. Sahuarita takes a 52-50 lead 5:44 left.

Sahuarita leads 56-54 with 2:52 left. 61-61 but a huge 3 gives Catalina the lead but 2 free throws makes it CAT 64-63 with 32.9 left

Back and forth but Cat leads 66-65 4.7 secs left

CAT: Kijana 26, Thompson 18, Lugo 17, Crucellas 5

SAH: Encinas 6, Dicochea 14, Cervantes 2, Mejia 11, Brown 10, Fanning 5, Meza 17

 

NEXT 4A No. 9 Salpointe (8-2) girls vs. 5A No. 26 Flowing Wells (6-6)

SAL leads 6-0 4:09 in the first.  Now 13-0 Salpointe 1:54 in the first.

SAL 18-0 after one.

SAL 27-10 2:40 in the half

SAL 30-12 at the half

Sal 45-21 after three

51-23 SAL final

SAL Powell 2, Urias 3, Arizmendi 14, Montano 6, Ratliff 3, Nelson 16, Bernal 10, Callahan 2

FW: Arguellez 17, Flores 2, Yanez 4

NEXT big 4A boys game No. 4 Amphi (12-0) vs. No. 10 Palo Verde (11-2)

Amphi can take complete control of the 4A Gila Region.

PV jumps out to a 12-7 lead 1:25 left in the first

 

25-10 PV 6:39 in the second. Half: 40-22 Palo Verde

PV leads 41-27 6:46 in the third.

PV still up 49-31 with 3:02 in the third – both teams playing back and forth now.

Huge slam from Jackson Ruai and PV lead cut to 51-44 41.5 seconds left in the third and that’s how the quarter ends.

PV: Sandoval 22, Johnson 11, Fernandez 2, Blanco 16, Thomas 18

AMP: Kimmel 29, Clark 6, Davis 5, Hutchings 3, Ruai 17

NEXT: 4A No. 1 Sahuaro girls (12-0) vs. 3A No. 1 Sabino (9-0)

Sabino out to an early 11-8 lead 2:55 left in first

Alyssa Brown bucket at the buzzer Sahuaro leads 13-11 after one.

Sabino up 43-334 7:25 in the game – huge power point win for the Sabercats if this holds although not much of a hit for the loser.

SABINO 62-50

SAB: Rhodes 28, Shephard 4, Doty 8, Healy 8, Dorroh 6, Armijo 8

SAH: Franke 8, Heslep 5, Leon 4, Brown 26, Watson 10

NEXT 6A No. 22 Tucson (6-5) boys vs. 5A No. 26 Ironwood Ridge (4-8)

after one TUC 18-16

Tucson leads 55-54 after three

Tucson up 70-66 56.8 left

Tucson in overtime 83-79

TUC: Hunter 11, Velasquez 8, Gonzalez 5, Hinojosa 4, Shelby 30, Figueroa 7, Luna 7, Garcia 5, Peters 3, Romero 3

IR:Dowse 3, Palma 2, Felix 4, Cochran 23, Goodman 10, Chism 11, Drescher 2, Lathrop 22, Alford 2

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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 AZPreps365.com. 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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