High School Basketball state Tournament: Cienega stays close, falls in 4th quarter

2013-02-17T00:00:00Z High School Basketball state Tournament: Cienega stays close, falls in 4th quarterArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cienega hung with third-seeded Phoenix Pinnacle for three quarters but couldn't hang on for its second straight upset.

The No. 19 Bobcats (21-8) lost 73-59 at Pinnacle after being outscored 22-8 in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Terrance Johnson led Cienega with 21 points in the Division I game.

"I'm very proud, we gave Pinnacle all we have, and I think they appreciated what we gave them," Cienega coach Matt Johnson said.

• No. 5 Scottsdale Desert Mountain 84, No. 21 Sierra Vista Buena 40: At Desert Mountain, the Wolves made 14 three- pointers on their way to eliminating Buena (21-10).

Senior RaShawn Avery scored a team-high 11 points in his final game with the Colts, while Desert Mountain's Diego Magana and Rolando Rhymes combined for 37 points.

Buena coach Dave Glasgow said he expects his young team to be even better next year, along with several local powers.

"I think Southern Arizona is going to be great next year," he said. "You better get really good, because everyone else is going to be."

• No. 8 Goodyear Millennium 68, No. 24 Sunnyside 58: At Millennium, the Blue Devils shot 4 for 24 from beyond the three-point line on their way to a season-ending loss.

"The shots didn't fall for us, a lot of in-and-outs," first-year Sunnyside coach Rob Harrison said.

Freshman forward Jacob Inclan finished with 16 points and senior forward Raul Castro scored 14.

"Its the first time we won a playoff game (Thursday) since 1994; I'm really pleased with the kids. We had eight seniors who laid a good foundation for the program going forward," Harrison said.

Division IV boys

• No. 2 Desert Christian 53, No. 18 Teec Nos Pos Red Mesa 29: At Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain, the Eagles got back to the state quarterfinals for the second straight year thanks to seniors Luke Gleason and Ben Brandon each scoring 13 points.

Desert Christian (28-6) outscored Red Mesa 40-19 in the final three quarters and will face No. 7 Scottsdale Prep at Tim's Toyota Center Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

"They're very similar to us, very athletic and love to go up and down the court, so it should be a good match up," Desert Christian coach Iram Alday said.

• No. 7 Scottsdale Prep 55, No. 10 St. Gregory 43: At Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, the Hawks (18-7) were eliminated in the second round of the state tournament despite junior guard Benny Loch-heim scoring 26 points.

"We would have loved to have gone further in the tournament, but we just ran out of gas," St. Gregory coach Jason Apodaca said.

Division IV girls

• No. 10 Phoenix Arizona Lutheran 28, No. 7 Desert Christian 27: At Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain, the Eagles couldn't hold on to a late lead and were eliminated in the second round.

Freshman Hannah Bjor-gum led Desert Christian (25-7) with eight points.

"I'm super proud of the girls, they definitely exceed expectations," coach Rich-ard Peddy said. "I wouldn't trade that team for anybody else."

• No. 9 Rock Point 46, No. 8 St. Gregory 41: At Tim's Toyota Center, the Hawks were eliminated from the state tournament.

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