Buena vs. Sunnyside at NW Desert Classicby Andy Morales on Dec. 29, 2012, under Sports
The Buena boys will face off against Sunnyside in the championship game of the Northwest Desert Classic Saturday at 6:20 pm.
The Classic is being played at Canyon del Oro and Pusch Ridge but all finals will be played at Pusch Ridge. The girl’s title game will feature Chandler Seton Catholic and Phoenix Desert Vista at 4:40 pm.
Seton has won three state championships in a row.
Pusch Ridge and Ironwood Ridge will meet in the third place game at 3 pm. Desert Vista beat Pusch Ridge 57-21 in one semifinal game Friday and Seton Catholic took care of Ironwood Ridge 50-21 in the other.
Cienega beat Sahuarita 50-25 to set up a fifth place game against CDO at 1:20 pm. CDO beat Phoenix Desert Ridge 39-28 to qualify for the game.
Sahuarita will take on Desert Ridge at 11:40 am.
On the boy’s side, Desert Christian put in the performance of the day on Friday by beating Marana and Sunnyside but was left out of the title game due to the tie-breaker procedure.
Here is Desert Christian’s teem rep Carol Brandon’s account of both games:
<<Marana hit their first two 3-pointers of the game and seemed to be in control. Marana led after the 1st quarter, 15-8. Then, Desert Christian buckled down on defense, but was still unable to get much offense going.
They outscored Marana 5-4 and went into halftime down 13-19. Late in the third quarter, Desert went down 21-30.
Michael Shew hit a three and Desert Christian started to press on the inbound pass. They created two turnovers that Ben Brandon was able to convert with layups. Marana kept the pressure on and went up again by 4. Then Brandon hit a 3-pointer that made it a one-point game with 1:17 to go.
Marana went to the line but went 1-2 giving them a two-point lead. Shew came down and hit a huge three to put Desert Christian in front for the first time in the game. Desert Christian had a defensive stop and Shew was fouled. He converted both shots to give Desert Christian a three-point lead. After a turnover, Shew was fouled and went 1-2 giving Desert Christian a four-point lead as time ran out. Shew led with 16 points, Brandon had 9 and Luke Gleason had 8.
Marana was led by 17 points from Ryan Swan.
In the final game of bracket play, Desert Christian had to face undefeated Sunnyside and they came in with no expectations and just wanted to stay with the speedy Blue Devils.
Desert Christian found itself down by 10 after the 1st quarter. Then by 11 at halftime. Halfway through the 3rd quarter Desert Christian was down by 15 points but they never gave up!
They started the 4th quarter only down by 8 and they just kept chipping away. Luke Gleason made a shot, followed by Brandon hitting two 3-pointers to tie the game at 40 with 5:50 to go.
From there it was a back and forth battle. With the game tied at 45 with :07 left, Gleason drove the lane and hit a layup to put Desert up 47-45.
Desert Christian forced another turnover and were able to run out the clock on the inbound pass. What an amazing show of spirit and heart from these players. Shew led the team with 14 points, followed by Gleason with 9 and Brandon with 8. Desert Christian ended in a 3-way tie for first in the bracket.
Sunnyside was led by Jacob Inclan (13 points), and Cristian Noriega (10).
Buena (11-5) has won all four games at the Classic and Sunnyside (9-5) went 3-1.
The four consolation games will all be played at Canyon del Oro beginning with Pusch Ridge/Pueblo at 10 am, Sahuarita/Marana at 11:40 am, Desert Christian/Sabino at 1:20 pm and CDO/Cholla at 3 pm.
Northwest Desert Classic
CDO & PRCA: December 26-29
Friday, December 28
Sabino 49, Sahuarita 24
Desert Christian 46, Marana 42
Sunnyside 74, Pueblo 26
Cholla 74, Sabino 72, OT
CDO 64, Pueblo 17
Desert Christian 47, Sunnyside 45
Buena 52, PRCA 19
Saturday, December 28
10 am: Pusch Ridge/Pueblo (CDO)
11:40 am: Sahuarita/Marana (CDO)
1:20 pm: Desert Christian/Sabino (CDO)
3 pm: CDO/Cholla (CDO)
6:20 pm: Buena/Sunnyside at Pusch Ridge
Friday, December 28
Cienega 50, Sahuarita 25
CDO 39, Desert Ridge 28
Desert Vista 57, Pusch Ridge 21
Seton Catholic 50, Ironwood Ridge 21
Saturday, December 28
11:40 am: Sahuarita/Desert Ridge (PRCA)
1:20 pm: Cienega/CDO (PRCA)
3 pm: Ironwood Ridge/Pusch Ridge (PRCA)