Sabino remains undefeated with comeback win at Catalina Foothills

Carson James drives on Cesar Saenz. (Andy Morales/


Down 31-15 to Catalina Foothills moments into the second half, Sabino went on an improbable run the rest of the way to defeat the Falcons 56-52 on the road. The win pushed the Sabercats record to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in power-ranking games.

Leading the charge for the Sabercats was former Falcon Phoenix Katz. The 6-foot-7 senior led the Sabercats with 18 points with 12 coming during the comeback. Katz played for the Falcons as a freshman and a sophomore. Junior guard Cesar Saenz added 15 points and fellow junior Pablo Gutierrez finished with 13 but senior standout Blake Rustand scored six of his eight points in the final quarter including a 3-pointer to start the final period and three straight free throws to put the game away in the final seconds….


SAB: 8-7-20-21: 56
CF: 12-17-13-10: 52
SAB: P. Katz 6 5-6 3pt (18); C. Saenz 6 3-3pt. (15); P. Gutierrez 5 3-3 (13); B. Rustand 1 5-6 3pt (8); D. Armijo 1 (2). 19 13-15 5-3pt. (56).
CF: C. James 5 1-6 2-3pt. (13); T. Comeau 4 3-3 (11); H. Moser 3 3-3 3pt. (10); W. Menaugh 4 (8); C. Peabody 2 1-2 3pt. (6); D. Garcia 1 (2); C. Blumenthal 1 (2). 20 8-14 4-3pt. (52).


Several noteworthy people were in attendance including former University of Arizona basketball standouts Warren Rustand, Reggie Geary and Felecity Willis. Rustand is the grandfather of Sabino standout Blake Rustand and Geary is an assistant coach on the junior varsity squad at Catalina Foothills.

Willis was a referee on the floor along with her game partner Mirum Washington-White. Willis played basketball and softball at Arizona and she is also a Division I referee.

Lute Olson’s daughter Jody Brase is the principal at Catalina Foothills and former Amphitheater head coach Pat Derksen took in the game.

Catalina Foothills sophomore guard Carson Peabody is the son of current Pima men’s basketball coach Brian Peabody. Carson finished with six points.


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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