Down 14-8 with 2:24 left in the first quarter, Sierra Vista Buena rattled off 16 straight points on its way to a 70-58 win over Cholla on Thursday.
The Chargers took a brief lead at the start of the second half, but the Colts quickly pulled away for good thanks to a 24-point performance by senior RaShawn Avery in the second day of Northwest Desert Classic pool play at Canyon del Oro High School.
The 6-foot-3-inch guard scored 16 points in the second half and Buena coach Dave Glasgow said he's arguably the best player in Southern Arizona.
"He does a lot of things," Glasgow said. "I don't think he's fully developed as a player, he's kind of a young senior so he has a bright future."
Buena (9-5) took a one-point lead with 23.5 seconds left in the first quarter when junior Christian McCorkle sank a layup.
One minute into the second period, Avery took a steal to the basket to make it 17-14.
Then sophomore Deonte Williams and Avery each hit a basket, giving the Colts a 21-14 lead before sophomore Roderick Springer sank a three from the right corner to cap off their 16-0 run.
"We were just trying to get up and down the floor and get them out of their zone," Avery said. "We knew they couldn't guard us if we got them out of their zone. That's what we were trying to do the whole game."
Cholla senior Julio Duarte ended the skid with a jumper from the left side with 4:20 left in the second quarter. That was the Chargers' first basket since Duarte went up the lane with 2:24 left in the opening period to put Cholla up 14-8.
"I felt like we didn't want to win as much as they did," Duarte said. "We weren't getting back on fast breaks and they were making the layups."
Duarte led the Chargers with 19 points while Jorge Carasco and Andres Gomez each scored 12.
Glasgow said it was important to key on Duarte defensively and said Williams handled him well.
"He's a good player and he's going to get his points, we just tried to limit him to the field goals we could," Avery said.
Cholla (9-6) pulled within one late in the first half and Duarte made a pair of free throws to open the third quarter, giving the Chargers a 31-30 lead. But junior Gilbert Pinckney responded with a pair of baskets, and the Colts wouldn't trail again.
The Chargers managed to tie the game at 45 with 6:39 left in the game. Eleven seconds later, Avery converted a three-point play.
Buena outscored Cholla 22-12 from there, going 9 for 11 from the free-throw line.