Basketball is back at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


A year removed from playing basketball, Phoenix Day School for the Deaf (PDSD) and the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB) played a doubleheader Saturday evening in Tucson. The PDSD girls came away with a 49-18 victory and the boys won 46-8 in the late game.

The victories were important of course but the competition signaled a step towards a new day after no competition last year, although ASDB is still operating under strict COVID guidelines which means limited spectator numbers and mask wearing.

Nykasia Rivera led Roadrunners with 21 points with 13 coming in the third quarter to help PDSD pull away. Joannah Vasel added 10, Rue Abrams-Gay scored 8, Zoe Abrams-Gay scored 6 and Jackie Albert scored 4. Marissa Garate led ASDB with 8 points, Selina Feldman scored 3, Hilaire Begay added 3 and Alexia Bia also scored.

In the boy’s game, Jesus Parra-Rosas led all scorers with 18 points, Jeremiah Whitehead scored 12, Isaac Nubes added 8 points and Anthony Flores scored 4 for the Roadrunners. The Sentinels were led by Julian Cole, Edgar Martinez, Dalton Green and Amare Cheney.

The PDSD girls are now 3-2 on the year and the boys are 2-2. The program will travel to play at BASIS Phoenix on Thursday. The ASDB girls are 1-2 and the boys are also 1-2. The school will play at Ray on Tuesday.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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