2023-24 Boys Basketball

Second Annual Southern Arizona Senior Appreciation All-Star Games highly competitive

The West all-stars come together before Saturday’s game at Pima’s West Gym (Stephanie van Latum/Special to AllSportsTucson.com)

The Second Annual Southern Arizona Senior Appreciation All-Star Games at Pima’s West Gym on Saturday featuring talented seniors from high schools in the area who did not hold back, although the contests were essentially exhibitions for their family, friends and teammates.

Both games were competitive and entertaining with players boxing out for rebounds aggressively, diving for loose balls, and tussling with opponents to keep possession of those loose balls. Each game went down to the final minutes.

The teams were aligned by an East-West division with schools on the western side of Southern Arizona matched about those from the eastide.

In the girls game, Corazon Santana of Douglas scored 17 points and Ny’Anza Brown of Sahuaro added 13 to lead the East to a 39-34 win over the West.

Santana was selected the player of the game, earning her a banner in her honor from APS Digital Print.

The East led 36-11 about five minutes into the second half before the West stormed back with an 18-0 run to cut the lead to 36-29.

Pima men’s basketball players Nikko Pentelute, Cooper Jones (Buena), Dylan Baker (Salpointe) and Wes Ball (Marana) served as head coaches of the teams.

The boys game was close throughout before the West beat the East 68-62 behind 25 points from Baboquivari’s Devin Antone and 23 points from Ja’Kwon Jordan of Coolidge.

Antone was chosen the player of the game, and he will also have a banner in his honor produced by APS Digital Print.



West (Turquoise)

Kayla Bailey, Flowing Wells

Gertie Munoz, Flowing Wells

Jada Camacho, Flowing Wells

Debanny Cota, Rio Rico

Daiana Hollman, Rio Rico

Madisyn Kunze, CDO

Halie Fuller, CDO

Kameran Coto, Marana

East (Copper)

Mayla Trejo, St. David

Anissa Jacquez, St. David

Corazon Santana, Douglas

Shanise Bustamante, Amphi

Anika Newsome, Amphi

Cassie Coolidge, Sahuaro (injured)

Ny’Anza Brown, Sahuaro

Kristen Valdez, Sahuaro (injured)

Mia Rodriguez, Nogales


West (Turquoise)

Caleb Mendelsohn, Marana

Ja’kwan Jordan, Coolidge

Brevin Koch, Tucson

Diego Ortega, Nogales

Devin Antone, Baboquivari

East (Copper)

Xavier Leyva, Sunnyside

Rafeal Vasavilbaso, Nogales

Moses Messan, Amphi

Zaire Hayes, Rincon/University

David El, Gregory School


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