BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Sahuaro, Nogales & Salpointe survive play-in tourney

Salpointe made the state playoffs. (Andy Morales/

The AIA Basketball Bracket Show will be streamed live at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sahuaro, Nogales and Salpointe know they will be listed somewhere after surviving the 4A, 5A an 6A play-in tournaments on Friday night.

Tucson and Sunnyside lost in the play-in tournament and Rincon/University finished out of the rankings so there will be no Southern Arizona representative in the 6A state tournament.

In 5A action, Sahuaro was the only team to survive Friday night and the Cougars will be watching the bracket show along with Buena, Cholla and Cienega. Nogales and Salpointe won play-in games and the two programs will join Catalina Foothills and Palo Verde in the 4A state playoffs.


No. 18 Skyline 65, No. 15 Tucson 59
No. 16 Desert Mountain 64, No. 17 Sunnyside 39

No. 10 Sahuaro 82, No. 23 Maricopa 50
No. 15 Carl Hayden 68, No. 18 Mountain View 66
No. 9 Apollo 69, No. 24 Marana 47

BOYS 4A PLAY-IN: 6:30 p.m.
No. 10 Nogales 71, No. 23 Rio Rico 5
No. 21 St. Mary’s 70, No. 12 Walden Grove 63
No. 13 Salpointe 72, No. 20 Washington 64


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


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