Baboquivari Warriors to play for first 1A boys basketball state championship

Baboquivari is on a seven-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s championship game (Baboquivari photo)

The No. 3-seeded Baboquivari Warriors will challenge for the school’s first 1A state championship when they face No. 1 Phoenix North Valley Christian on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

The Warriors (21-5) advanced to the championship game after beating 1A South rival St. David 68-61 in the semifinal round on Friday night.

Baboquivari is playing in a championship for the first time.

North Valley Christian (25-5) has won 14 straight games, including its 79-71 win over Colorado City El Capitan/Centennial Academy in Friday’s semifinals.

Baboquivari, in its third year under coach Joseph Mease, is on a seven-game winning streak.

The Antone cousins — Devin and Ashon — who are only juniors have been dynamic for Mease.

Devin leads the Warriors in scoring (15.6 points a game), rebounding (9.6), assists (3.4) and steals (4.7).

Ashon is averaging 10 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Mease’s son Xavier, another junior, is at 9.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 steals per games.

The Warriors’ top five players average at least 9.4 points a game. Seniors Arsean Bozo (9.7) and Cedrick Manuel are in that group. Bozo is also averaging 6.4 rebounds a game.

North Valley Christian is led by sophomore Bobby Rodriguez (12.7 points a game) and junior Cameron Rice (11.7).

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