Scottsdale Christian has won so many games over the years in the Horizon Holiday Hoops Invitational that coach Bob Fredericks can’t really call his team an underdog, even though it is the smallest school among the field of eight.
Scottsdale Christian, once again, got off to a strong start with Jared Frame lighting it up from outside en route to a 64-53 over Phoenix Arcadia.
Frame swished a 3-pointer that sparked a final-quarter surge. He finished with 21 points.
“We thought we were going to be the underdog,” the 6-foot-5 Frame said. “They had just beaten (Scottsdale) Saguaro by over 20 points. We knew the game would be close, and every possession would be important.”
Scottsdale Christian didn’t pull away until after Frame’s 3 with less than six minutes left. Sophomore Corbin Lenderink then nailed a 3, and Scottsdale Christian led 52-46 with 3:27 left.
Arcadia, led by Calvin Outlaw’s 13 points, scored only seven points in the final 5:30.
Much of that had to do with 6-8 Connor Segneri on the floor, making it difficult for smaller Arcadia to find good shots inside.
Segneri was out much of the first half because of fouls and Scottsdale Christian led by only 25-22 at the break.
Segneri stayed clear of fouls in the second half and had a big impact on both ends of the court. He scored 12 points in the second half.
“That was the major difference between the two halves, Fredericks said.
Scottsdale Christian plays Peoria on Friday night at 6:30 in the tournament semifinals.
The championship game is Saturday at 5:15 p.m. at Horizon.