MLK Classic: Cholla nips CDO in OT at buzzer

2013-01-22T00:00:00Z MLK Classic: Cholla nips CDO in OT at buzzerDaniel Gaona and Andrew Cockrum Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Julio Duarte gave Cholla a second life on Monday and Andres Gomez made sure the Chargers didn't waste it.

Gomez made a buzzer-beating putback in the second game of the MLK Classic at McKale Center to give Cholla a 60-59 win over Canyon del Oro.

"I just followed the ball and hoped for a miss and I was there for the tip," Gomez said. "Nobody boxed me out; it was a high-percentage shot right under the basket."

CDO led 59-58 with less than 10 seconds left in overtime after senior captain Nico Hughes sank a three-pointer from the left side.

The Chargers (18-7) stormed down the court and Jorge Carasco missed an off-balance long shot from the right side. Gomez pulled in the ball from the left side and tossed it up as time expired.

"When I hit that three I felt like I'd won the game for us but it was just shattered when he got that put-back layup," Hughes said.

With CDO (15-8) already up by one late in the fourth quarter, junior Ty Ochse sank a pair of free throws to put the Dorados up 55-52. But Duarte, a senior, hit a game-tying three-pointer from top of the key with less than five seconds to go in regulation.

"I just had a good look, I'm just happy I made it," Duarte said. "This feels so good, it's everything we've been working for."

Duarte led Cholla with 21 points, while Ochse scored a game-high 22 for CDO.

• Santa Rita 76, Palo Verde 73: In a battle of eastside rivals, Santa Rita's T.J. Stoglin hit a three-pointer with 1:34 left in overtime to give the Eagles (9-12) a 74-71 lead and his team their third-straight win over Palo Verde (7-11) this season.

"Its real good way to go out for my senior year," Stoglin said. "We need these wins."

The senior guard also hit a shot from beyond the arc with 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie and send the game to overtime.

In the final two quarter, there were six lead changes.

Stoglin finished with 20 points, followed by Keimon Sims and Iturey Kitt, who each had 15. Palo Verde's leading scorer was Ezini Ugbisien with 17 points.

• Nogales 54, Amphitheater 52: Senior Andres Marquez scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Apaches over the Panthers.

Girls

• Flowing Wells 60, Salpointe Catholic 47: Lyndsay Leikem's 16 points highlighted an impressive offensive performance in a victory for the Caballeros (18-4) over the Lancers.

"She is the heart and soul of the team," Flowing Wells coach Michael Perkins said. "She helps everybody around her play better."

Shalise Fernander and Czarina Walker both contributed six field goals for the Caballeros, scoring 14 and 13, respectively.

Salpointe (8-9) was led by Michelle O'Connor with 14 points.

• Desert Christian 44, Empire 27: After leading by only five at half, the Eagles (20-4) scored 21 points in the final two quarters to solidify a win over the Ravens (8-13) in the opening game on Monday.

Senior point guard Sara Boice scored a game-high 17 points for Desert Christian, followed by Nicole Ayers with six.

"She is just vicious," said Richard Peddy, the Eagles' coach. "The key for her is just transition and attacking the basket hard creating opportunities for us."

• Mesa Dobson 71, Tucson 49: Dobson went on a 23-3 run to end the first half to give the Mustangs a 20-point advantage after two quarters.

Tucson freshman Alexis Cortez scored a game-high 29 points.

"It was a fun experience," Cortez said. "I played here once when I was younger on a club team."

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