RaShawn Avery leads Buena to championship at NW Desert Classicby Andy Morales on Dec. 30, 2012, under Sports
MVP: Emily Wolph, Desert Vista
Alicia Vallejos, Canyon del Oro
Gabrielle Courtney, Pusch Ridge
Alysa Johnson, Ironwood Ridge
Paige Moffett, Ironwood Ridge
Heather Heild, Seton Catholic
Ann Marie Holter, Seton Catholic
Susan Spinner, Seton Catholic
Kristine Anigwe, Desert Vista
Jordan Bivens, Desert Vista
MVP: RaShawn Avery, Buena
Roderick Springer, Buena
Deonte Williams, Buena
Julio Duarte, Cholla
Matt Bushman, Sabino
John Jackson, Canyon del Oro
Nico Hughes, Canyon del Oro
Luke Gleason, Desert Christian
Raul Castro, Sunnyside
Jacob Inclan, Sunnyside
Buena senior RaShawn Avery scored 19 points to lead Buena (12-5) over Sunnyside (9-6) in the championship game of the Northwest Desert Classic Saturday night at Pusch Ridge.
The Classic took place at both Canyon del Oro and Pusch Ridge with eight girls teams and 10 boys teams taking part. Phoenix Desert Vista beat Chandler Seton Catholic 50-42 to capture the girl’s title for the second year in a row.
Desert Vista junior Emily Wolph was named the MVP for the second year in a row after she scored 21 points in the title game despite spending much of the fourth quarter on the trainer’s table due to an ankle injury.
Sunnyside started out their championship match with a trip to the free throw line due to an incorrect number placed in the official scorebook by Buena. Cristian Noriega hit one of the technical shots to put the Blue Devils up 1-0.
Freshman Jacob Inclan hit a couple more free throws moments later and Sunnyside found themselves up 3-0 before Avery and Buena could catch their breath. That would all change, however, once Avery found a seam on the left side that he exploited three times to help pace Buena to an 8-3 lead with 4:20 left.
Avery hit a 3-pointer to expand the lead to 11-3 a minute later and Buena finished the opening period up 16-7 thanks to a 3-pointer by Luke Reynolds just before the buzzer sounded.
Sunnyside went on a mini run of their own with Steven Spradling and Raul Castro hitting quick buckets followed by a deep 3-pointer from Inclan to make it 16-13 with 6:01 left in the first half.
Avery scored 13 points in the first half and Inclan had 11 to keep it close at 27-21 Buena but Inclan came out and hit a 3-pointer to make even closer. The game would remain close until Avery hit a bucket and Gilbert Pinckney made a couple of free throws to build the lead back up to 41-33 with 1:31 left in the third period.
Sunnyside could get no closer than seven points the rest of the way and Reynolds made six straight free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
In eight years, Buena coach Dave Glasgow has sent 18 players to the next level with an incredible seven ex-Colts currently playing on various college rosters. Avery is on pace to be his next player to move on.
Also coming up big for Buena were Springer (16 points), Reynolds (13) and Pinckney (12). Sunnyside was led by 19 from Inclan, 10 from Noriega and 8 from Spradling.
In earlier action at CDO, the Pusch Ridge boys scored 17 points in the first quarter of their game against Pueblo to help build a 39-31 lead after three periods but Pueblo found themselves down only 47-44 with 54.3 seconds left in the game.
Pusch Ridge was able to hold off Pueblo’s late rally and won 52-47 after Pueblo standout Robert Medrano hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for his 28th point. Jose Federico added 9 points for Pueblo.
Joel Johnson scored 13 for Pusch Ridge, Donny Perdue added 12 and Grayson Barghols had 11.
Desert Christian held a 20-16 lead over Sabino at the half of their game at CDO but Sabino’s size, especially 6-foot-6 standout Matt Bushman, became too much for Desert Christian down the stretch and Sabino took a 30-26 lead entering the final period.
Desert Christian was able to draw within two points in the fourth but fouls and a late technical helped Sabino pull away for the 42-36 win. Ben Brandon scored 9 points for Desert Christian and Michael Shew added 8. No stats available for Sabino.
The Cholla boys held off CDO 60-55 (no up date available).
Marana doubled up Sahuarita 44-22 in their game despite the game remaining scoreless for the first four minutes. Ray Diaz scored 8 points in the opening quarter to help give Marana a 12-4 lead and they never looked back. Davon Roebuck added 7 points.
Nikko Martinez had 6 points for Sahuarita.
The Sahuarita girls fell to Mesa Desert Ridge 29-24 at the first game at Pusch Ridge despite Danielle Teso scoring all 8 of her points in the first period to give her team a 8-4 lead.
Amoriah Mobley would finish with 13 points but Sahuarita could not get back on top.
The Canyon del Oro girls beat Cienega 42-40 in one of the wildest finishes of the Classic. With the score tied 37-37 at the 1:43 mark, CDO missed two free throws and then Cienega missed two on their end 30 seconds later.
Alicia Vallejos hit a bucket with 56.3 seconds left to put the Dorados up 39-37 and then Hailey Jones hit a free throw to extend the lead to 40-37 with 36.9 seconds left.
Ale Sosa stole the ball with 30.1 seconds left and Jones went on to make another free throw with 26.1 second left for a 41-37 lead. Cienega brought the ball up the court but a clock issue caused some commotion and it was reset at 12.3 seconds after Jones was fouled again.
Jones hit another free throw to go up 42-37 but Sebrina Hartzel cut the lead down to 42-40 with 4.6 seconds left. An inadvertent whistle stopped the clock with 4 seconds left and CDO was forced to inbounds the ball rather than just letting the clock run out.
Cienega standout Jade Scott stole the inbounds pass and threw up a long shot in traffic and CDO won the game.
Ironwood Ridge met Pusch Ridge in the third place game and Alyssa Madlangbayan hit two 3-pointers to give Ironwood Ridge a 10-7 lead entering the second quarter.
Each team would only score 4 points in the second quarter to go into the half with the Nighthawks up 14-11.
Meaghan Coffield scored 7 points and Paige Moffett scored 5 points to build a 26-13 lead with 2:50 left in the third period but Gabrielle Courtney scored 11 points in the quarter to help Pusch Ridge storm back to get back within 26-23.
Courtney scored 6 more in the fourth period but Moffett scored 7 of her 18 points in the final five minutes to keep Pusch Ridge at bay. Coffield finished with 9 points.
Courtney had a game-high 20 points and Moriah Roters had 5 for Pusch Ridge.
Northwest Desert Classic
CDO & PRCA: December 26-29
Saturday, December 28
Pusch Ridge 52, Pueblo 47
Marana 44, Sahuarita 22
Sabino 42, Desert Christian 36
Cholla 60, CDO 55
Buena 67, Sunnyside 54
Saturday, December 28
Desert Ridge 29, Sahuarita 24
CDO 42, Cienega 40
Ironwood Ridge 40, Pusch Ridge 31
Desert Vista 50, Seton Catholic 42