Phoenix Sunnyslope withstands Phoenix Shadow Mountain

Second-ranked Phoenix Sunnyslope withstood a 12-0 Phoenix Shadow Mountain run in the second quarter and made the big plays in the end to hang on for a 62-58 Division II boys basketball victory at home Tuesday night.

No. 3 Shadow Mountain (22-4) took a 23-19 lead late in the second quarter when freshman point guard Michael Bibby capped a 12-0 run with a 3-pointer.

But guards Navareio Holmes and Isaiah Cota settled down Sunnyslope. Holmes hit a 3 to end the half and tie the score.

Holmes, who had a game-high 25 points, hit another 3 to start the second half. His layup with 1:07 left gave Sunnyslope (22-3) a 56-53 lead.

With 23 seconds left, Holmes sank two foul shots. Shadow Mountain star guard Keegan Hansen had two 3-pointers in the final quarter but those were his only points of the game.

Cota, who had 12 points, sealed the win with two free throws with 2.4 seconds left.

“We knew they were going to compete against us,” Sunnyslope coach Ray Portela said. “Not going through a good stretch in the second quarter for us was really tough. The guys showed some resilience and battled tough.”

Freshman forward Carlos Johnson helped keep Shadow Mountain close in the final quarter with his toughness. He had 14 points. Bibby finished with 10 points.

“We have good chemistry,” Cota said.

Chet Gleason was a big help on the boards, especially in the second half, for Sunnyslope. He had 11 points.

“We really had to come out hard in the second half,” Gleason said. “We really just grinded it out. It was a great win for us. The rivalry is definitely there.”

The last time they played, Sunnyslope edged Shadow Mountain 56-54.

Shadow Mountain finishes the regular season at Scottsdale Saguaro on Thursday .

“We haven’t done anything yet,” Portela said. “There’s a lot of teams that can win it in Division II. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

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