Basketball State Tournament: Salpointe, Nogales, Sahuaro advance

2013-02-17T00:00:00Z Basketball State Tournament: Salpointe, Nogales, Sahuaro advanceArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Salpointe Catholic handled No. 11 Phoenix Greenway in the second round of the Division II state tournament 57-48 Saturday night.

Once the No. 6 host Lancers regained the lead in the second half, they never looked back.

Salpointe will now make the trip to Jobing.com Arena in Glendale to play third-seeded Phoenix Sierra Linda at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday .

Hunter Lowry scored eight points in the first quarter to give the Lancers a 15-11 lead before the Demons dug in defensively.

Greenway's Parker Wynn came off the bench to give the Demons their first lead of the game with close to a minute remaining in the half.

After a quick answer from Lancer Ryan Callaghan, Greenway's Jordan Johnson made his way to the free throw line to give the Demons a 21-20 lead at the break.

Both teams traded baskets early in the third quarter, before Salpointe's leading scorer Cameron Denson got in rhythm and the Lancers closed on a 7-0 run as part of a 18-point quarter, to push the lead to 38-30.

Denson finished the night with 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Denson has now scored at least 17 points in his last three games.

"I'm feeling really confident in my game right now," said Denson. "My three-point shot is going down, I'm making some jumpers and I'm also attacking the basket."

Salpointe went up as much as 16 and the Demons stormed back to close the gap to 53-48, before the Lancers pulled away for good.

"We went on a run and threatened to put them away, but their kids made some deep threes," Salpointe coach Brian Holstrom said. "They hung around, but we were the better team."

Jason Harris

• No. 7 Nogales 59, No. 10 Queen Creek Poston Butte 57: At Nogales, the Apaches moved on to the Division II quarterfinals. Bryan Cervantes lead the way for Nogales scoring 19 points followed by Miguel Corrales with 15.

Nogales will face No. 18 Avondale Agua Fria on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Jobing.com Arena.

"They played excellent at the end of the game. My big guys played well inside and were crashing the boards," Nogales coach Ricardo De La Riva said.

• No. 8 Sahuaro 72, No. 9 Scottsdale Saguaro 62: At Sahuaro, the Cougars overcame a 13-point deficit to win their first state tournament game in six years. James Molina scored a team-high 25 points and Arthur Gibson added 20.

Sahuaro (22-9) will now face top-seeded Phoenix Sunnyslope at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at Jobing.com Arena.

"It's a great opportunity for them and anything can happen in the tournament," Sahuaro coach Jim Henry said.

• No. 18 Avondale Agua Fria 82, No. 2 Catalina Foothills 70: At Catalina Foothills, the Owls caught fire in the fourth quarter and outscored Foothills 34-15, to stun the Falcons (29-4).

"They got us on a good night for them and a bad night for us, and if we could do it again, I know things would go differently," Foothills coach Mark Felix said.

• No. 3 Phoenix Sierra Linda 59, No. 19 Amphitheater 36: At Sierra Linda, junior Yusef Shehata led Amphi (16-13) with 12 points.

"Our kids are great kids with great attitudes," Amphi coach Ben Hurley said.

• No. 4 Phoenix Paradise Valley 58, No. 13 Cholla 28: At Paradise Valley, the Chargers were held to a season-low score.

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