16 teams are taking part in the Aztec Boys Basketball Classic this week taking place at the Pima West Gymnasium. Bracket play began on Monday morning and the championship of the Silver Division is slated for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and the championship game of the Gold Division is set for Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.
16 girls teams are taking part in the Flowing Wells Holiday Shootout starting on Dec. 28 with pool play in the morning followed by bracket play in the afternoon. The championship game is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29.
Games played at invitations are not figured into the power-ranking system and the initial AIA rankings will be released on Jan. 6 at noon.
AZTEC BOYS BASKETBALL CLASSIC
MONDAY, DECEMBER 20
Cholla 64, Flowing Wells 56
Tanque Verde 64, Gregory School 24
Mica Mountain 56, Amphitheater 43
Sahuaro 89, Benson 32
Nogales 53, Chandler 41
Willow canyon 97, Sahuarita 40
Cibola 79, Walden Grove 53
Catalina Foothills 54, Pusch Ridge 49
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21
Flowing Wells vs. Gregory School, 9 a.m.
Amphitheater vs. Benson, 10:30 a.m.
Cholla vs. Tanque Verde, noon
Sahuaro vs. Mica Mountain, 1:30 p.m.
Chandler vs. Sahuarita, 3 p.m.
Pusch Ridge vs. Walden Grove, 4:30 p.m.
Willow Canyon vs. Nogales, 6 p.m.
Catalina Foothills vs. Cibola, 7:30 p.m.
FLOWING WELLS GIRLS HOLIDAY SHOOTOUT
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28
Sabino vs. Ironwood Ridge, 9 a.m.
Canyon del Oro vs. Rincon/UHS, 9 a.m.
Westwood vs. Palo Verde, 10:30 a.m.
Sunnyside vs. Empire, 10:30 a.m.
Flowing Wells vs. Desert Christian, noon
Sahuaro vs. Mica Mountain, noon
Buena vs. Kofa, 1:30 p.m.
Thatcher vs. Nogales, 1:30 p.m.
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