IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Scottsdale Prep wins yet again – but this time it didn’t need overtime and it didn’t need to stress down the stretch to get by Phoenix Country Day School.
With Brock Petty scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds and Ben Arqueros adding 12 points and six assists, Scottsdale Prep moved into Friday’s final four of the Division IV tournament at the Prescott Valley Events Center with a 52-36 rout on Thursday night.
After a tight first half in which both teams combined to score 30 points, Scottsdale Prep pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring PCDS 15-9.
In both teams’ late-season meetings, Scottsdale Prep needed overtime to win, including in the sectional championship game.
Scottsdale Prep (26-3), the No.1 seed which has won 18 games in a row, plays No. 5 Sells Baboquivari Friday at 7:45 p.m. for the right to play in Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship game.
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Baboquivari got past No.4 Colorado City El Capitan 45-40, capturing its 15th consecutive win.
El Capitan outscored Baboquivari 12-4 in the third quarter to close to 33-26.
El Capitan then scored the next seven points in the final period, before Baboquivari hit a 3-pointer and didn’t let El Capitan get as close as three the rest of the way.
Baboquivari is a good 3-point shooting team that gets its offense going with a pressing defense. But Scottsdale Prep’s strong guard play, led by Arqueros, will be ready for the pressure.
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Defending state champion Phoenix Arizona Lutheran Academy sent a message to the rest of the field that it is ready for another title after blowing out Elfrida Valley Union 87-45, outscoring them 33-12 in a devastating third quarter.
Valley Union was down by nine at halftime, before Arizona Lutheran dominated the rest of the way, earning another final four trip. ALA plays No. 3 Friday today at 4:15.
Valley Union was held to 24 percent shooting.
It made only five of 25 3-pointers.
No. 3 Pima broke open a close game in the second half and rolled into the semifinals with a 64-51 victory over No. 11 Sanders Valley.
Pima shares the wealth. It has no standouts, but great chemistry with five seniors leading a group that has won 26 games and feels it has nothing to lose.