Guard Jordan Martin has a broken pelvis and a torn labrum but that didn’t stop him from scoring 31 points, leading Goodyear Millennium to a 62-52 victory that ended Phoenix Carl Hayden’s season Wednesday night in a Division I, Section II boys basketball first-round tournament game at Tolleson.
Martin said he suffered a fracture in his pelvis the second game of the season at Tolleson. He recently has been playing with a slight tear in his labrum in his shooting shoulder.
“We’ve been kind of treating it and trying to get him healed,” Millennium coach Mike Lopez said. “Our trainers have done a heck of a job. He’s a tough nut.”
Martin was full bore.
Martin led the break to start the second half, leading Millennium on a 12-4 run, taking a 40-24 lead.
“We knew they were a slower team, and we had to get it out quick,” he said.
Martin, who made 10 of 13 free throws, said he has been playing with the injured pelvis all season but didn’t realize until two weeks ago when he saw a doctor that there was a fracture.
“I was like, ‘Oh, wow, really?’” he said. “Just keep fighting it.”
A Carl Hayden season that looked special after the Christmas break ended abruptly.
Seventh-seed Carl Hayden came into the sectional as a No.31 overall seed in Division I. It had to win its first-round game to secure a state berth. The top 24 teams advance to state with first-round winners in each of the three sectionals automatically qualifying.
Millennium (22-4), the No.2-seed in the sectional, had already secured a state spot with a No.11 overall seeding by MaxPreps.com.
Carl Hayden was 12-4 after capturing the Phoenix Union High School District Holiday Classic. It gave Laveen Cesar Chavez its first loss of the season in the tournament.
But it was discovered that Carl Hayden had used an ineligible player in the first five games and four victories were forfeited.
Carl Hayden (14-13) lost valuable seeding points with the forfeits, putting it in a must-win situation against Millennium and towering 6-foot-10 junior center Elston Jones Jr., who had seven blocks.
“It hurt,” coach Argie Rhymes said about the forfeits. “I think when the kids went to play some of the games, they were kind of down.”
Avondale Westview (22-6) felt it played just well enough to beat Yuma Cibola (19-10) 59-46 in an earlier first-round game, as guard Isaiah Scott led had 14 points and 6-foot-9 junior forward Andre Adams added 13.
“We just have to step it up on defense,” said Scott, who helped carry the offense in the second half while freshman point guard Kendall Barnes sat with foul trouble. “We had our hands on the ball but didn’t grab it. That’s all we have to do.”
Adams was happy to have the win but he’s not totally satisfied.
“Not all of us had a great game but we still got the win,” he said. “We have to give 100 percent.”
Adams faced double teams against smaller Cibola, but he still was able to convert big baskets after Cibola cut it to seven in the second half.
“It’s not just me who gets to do what I want,” Adams said. “It’s everybody looking to contribute.”