PRESCOTT VALLEY — Fourth-seeded Snowflake shredded Fountain Hills’ press and gave a fast-break clinic on its way to a 71-55 victory Monday morning at Tim’s Toyota Center, advancing to the Division III boys basketball semifinals.
Snowflake (26-7) plays at 8 p.m. Friday at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale for the right to play in Saturday’s state championship game.
Center Reggie Peterson finished many of the breaks. He scored 21 points. Guard Chase Walden had 13 of his 15 points in the second half.
“Their press hurt them,” coach Andy Wood said. “For a tall, big team to pressure us, that’s crazy. We’re used to that, playing against the rez teams.”
Fountain Hills (12-17), the 21 seed, had success pressing and running with Chinle in an overtime victory Saturday in Flagstaff.
But Fountain Hills rarely got players loose for easy baskets, as it did against Chinle.
Snowflake hustled back on missed shots and made more than 50 percent of its shots.
It built a 17-7 lead in the first quarter with easy transition baskets.
Fountain Hills never got than seven points the rest of the game.
Snowflake led by as much as 17 on Walden’s three-point play with 1:38 left in the third quarter.
Fountain Hills began the final quarter with more energy and got to within 61-54 on Kent Smith’s 3-pointer with 3:57 left.
Snowflake scored the next 10 points.
The 6-foot-5 Peterson dominated the glass with 15 rebounds.
“At 250 pounds, I feel I should be able to do that,” said Peterson, who will plays offensive line in college football for either Mesa Community College or Glendale Community College in the fall. “We feel we’re a good transition team.”