Carl Hayden tops No. 10 Avondale Westview in semifinal

Carl Hayden tops No. 10 Avondale Westview in semifinal


Carl Hayden tops No. 10 Avondale Westview in semifinal


Coach Argie Rhymes says it has been at least 10 years since Phoenix Carl Hayden won a boys basketball holiday tournament.

Carl Hayden, which has seen more down than up up years in the past decade, has a chance to take home a trophy Saturday night after beating 10th-ranked Avondale Westview 60-47 Friday in a Phoenix Union High School District Holiday Classic semifinal at Laveen Betty Fairfax.

Carl Hayden (11-4), which went 6-16 last year and 5-20 two seasons ago, plays in Saturday’s final at 8 p.m. against either Phoenix North or Fairfax.

Confidence grew Thursday when Carl Hayden knocked off the last remaining unbeaten team in Arizona, Laveen Cesar Chavez, 61-58.

Friday, Carl Hayden collapsed on 6-foot-8 junior Andre Adams, never allowing him to get loose in the lane.

Four juniors, led by swingman Amadou Gueye, sparked a big third quarter in which Carl Hayden outscored Westview 19-11. Gueye, who had 16 points, scored seven straight points during a 1:30 period in the third when Carl Hayden stretched its lead to 40-23.

“We changed up with a little man-to-man,” said Rhymes, who has led Carl Hayden since 1982. “Offensively, we were trying to spread it out. We had guys cutting in the lanes. It’s harder to teach that nowadays. Everybody wants to play ’21.’ “

Rhymes’ son Dinky has been on the bench helping out for the holiday tournament. He was part of two state championship teams as a player in the late 1980s.

Argie’s grandson, Jordan Natt, a 6-foot-4, 278-pound junior, had 14 points and 10 rebounds. He helped out keep Adams off the glass.

“He’s got us running hard,” Natt said. “We’re working hard, that’s it.”

Sophomore point guard Nicholas Peace had 10 points for Carl Hayden.

Westview (13-3) was led by junior John Gray with 14 points. Freshman guard Kendall Barnes added nine points.


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