HOOPS PLAYOFFS: Sabino in tough 3A quarterfinal battle

Travis Walker (24) will lead Sabino against a packed Ganado crowd today (Andy Morales/

No. 13 Sabino (19-11) is taking on No. 5 Ganado (26-4) in a 3A quarterfinal game scheduled for today at 1 p.m. in Prescott Valley.

The Sabercats and the Hornets have appeared in one state champion game. Sabino lost to Sunnyside and head coach Dwight Rees in a 4A conference, 60-53 overtime battle. Tim Demarchi led the Sabercats that year and he also guided the team to the 1996 semifinals.

A win today would give the Sabercats their fifth 20-win season since 2006.

Ganado lost to Monument Valley in the 3A state championship game in 1996. 26 wins the most ever for the program and the team is led by first-year coach Bob Wolk.

Ganado is led on the court by 6-foot-8 senior Jamaal Coleman (averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds) and Sabino coach Marty Roth brings 6-4 Travis Walker. (18 points a game).

Expect a large crowd as the Hornet faithful have filled gyms all year.

Monday, Feb. 20


QUARTERFINALS at Prescott Valley
No. 4 Holbrook 46, No. 5 Pusch Ridge 34

Tuesday, Feb. 21


QUARTERFINALS at Prescott Valley
No. 13 Sabino vs. No. 5 Ganado, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22


SEMIFINALS at Grand Canyon
No. 6 Cienega vs. No. 3 Sierra Linda, 3 p.m.
(Streamed Live NFHS Network)

Thursday, Feb. 23


SEMIFINALS at Amphitheater
No. 2 Salpointe vs. No. 3 Catalina Foothills, 7 p.m.
(Streamed Live NFHS Network)

Friday, Feb. 24


SEMIFINALS at Prescott Valley
No. 3 The Gregory School vs. No. 2 Rock Point, Time TBD
(Streamed Live NFHS Network)


SEMIFINALS at Prescott Valley
No. 1 The Gregory School vs. No. 4 Valley Lutheran, Time TBD
(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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