Ariz. Lutheran pulls away from Scottsdale Prep

Ariz. Lutheran pulls away from Scottsdale Prep

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Ariz. Lutheran pulls away from Scottsdale Prep

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PRESCOTT VALLEY — Phoenix Arizona Lutheran’s Eric Trevizo was struggling offensively for the first three quarters of Friday’s Division IV state semifinal round against Scottsdale Prep.

But he picked the right time to pick up steam, sinking two critical 3-pointers in the last few minutes of the contest and giving Arizona Lutheran late life to help the No.3 seed secure a 65-55 win over No. 7 Scottsdale Prep at Tim’s Toyota Center.

Arizona Lutheran, last year’s Division IV runner-up, faces No.1 Glendale Joy Christian at Tim’s Toyota Center at noon.

“I couldn’t hit anything in the beginning of the game,” Trevizo said. “But my coaches kept on telling me, ‘Shoot. It will fall.’”

Scottsdale Prep led 29-26 going into the second half, but the lead changed hands five times in the third quarter and stayed tight for the first part of the fourth, too. Finally, with Trevizo’s help, Arizona Lutheran ignited on a late 9-2 run and jumped to a 54-47 lead with 3:39 to go. Scottsdale Prep would not have an answer this time.

“Those (3-pointers) were huge,” Arizona Lutheran coach Doug Meyer said. “Those really put a dagger in (Scottsdale Prep).”

Brady Cook was also a large part of Arizona Lutheran’s offense, putting up 20 points on the day with nine of those coming in the fourth quarter. Kris Lamberson had 12 points and three steals.

“We have four guys that can score in double figures,” he said. “We said everybody has just got to do your job.”

Arizona Lutheran also outrebounded Scottsdale Prep 27-16.

“I thought our help defense was a lot better in the second half,” he said. “We did a good job at keeping the ball out of the lane, and that’s huge for us.”

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