Arizona High School March Madness

Arizona Boys Basketball Playoffs: Mountain View Dominates On Way To 5A Division I State Championship

Holbrook wins its first state title in 40 years with a dazzling fourth-quarter comeback that beats a much taller Fountain Hills team 49-43 in the Class 3A final in Glendale.

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Arizona Boys Basketball Playoffs: Mountain View Dominates On Way To 5A Division I State Championship

Mountain View has hung its hat on defensive pressure since the Mesa, Ariz., team began its run in Arizona’s 5A Division I high school basketball tournament, but no one could have expected that they would be able to stifle Brophy Prep, their championship game competition and a team that just scored 96 points in the semifinal game against Mesa on Friday night.

That’s exactly what happened, however, as Mountain View was seventh state championship with a 50-29 victory over Brophy on Saturday night at Arena.

Mountain View (27-3) played smart, didn’t turn the ball over and made high-percentage shots, but their defensive intensity was most important as they held Brophy to just three second quarter points on the way to a 25-13 halftime lead and never looked back.

“It was just old school, going hard all the time,” senior forward Sam Kamp told the Arizona Republic after the game.

According the Republic, Mountain View shot better than 60 percent while holding Brophy to just 20 percent shooting from the field.

Most important to Mountain View’s victory was probably big man Cam Boone as he scored a team-high 12 points to go along with his 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. The only other player in double figures for Mountain View was point guard Mark Mazzucco who registered 11 points and hree steals in the defensive battle.

Brophy Prep (21-9) was attempting to win its first state championship in basketball after last making it to the championship game in 2001, but their poor shooting night prevented that from happening. Forward James Harper gave it a solid effort, however, as he scored eight of the team’s 13 first half points and finished with 11 total.


Arizona Boys Basketball Playoffs: Fairfax Wins 5A Division II State Championship In Double Overtime

Fairfax High School is in just its fourth year of existence, but that didn’t hurt its boy’s basketball team as they were able to hold off Chaparral in double overtime to win the Class 5A Division II championship by a score of 65-60.

Chaparral had a chance to win in regulation, but couldn’t convert its free-throws and a short three-point attempt from Zeke Chapman — son of former NBA player Rex Chapman — allowed Fairfax to do just enough to squeak its way to the first championship in school history on Saturday afternoon at Arena.

Fairfax (23-7), playing its first season with seniors, was led by senior Pierre Newton as the 6-foot-5 forward scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished eight assists while hitting numerous free-throws to keep Fairfax ahead down the stretch.

Chaparral (20-10) was unable to hit its free-throws down the stretch and missed a couple of open looks at three-pointers in the second overtime to cement its defeat.

Chaparral is located in Scottsdale while Fairfax is located right outside of Phoenix in Laveen, Ariz.


Arizona Boys Basketball Playoffs: Amphitheater Wins 4A Division II State Championship

A state runner-up in 2010, Amphitheater of Tucson broke through and won a championship Saturday, beating Tempe 87-77 in Arizona's Class 4A Division II final  at Arena in Glendale.

"It was worth it. It was a long wait waiting for this day, but it was worth it," Amphitheater head coach Ben Hurley said. "The kids were excited, but I’m glad it’s over and that we have the championship trophy."

Amphitheater was able to hold off the Buffaloes despite a 31-point fourth quarter that made the final score a bit deceiving.

It ended the Cinderella run of seventh-seeded Tempe (22-10). Amphitheater (29-2) was the No. 1 seed.

Junior guard Tim Derksen paced the Panthers with 26 points, 14  in the first half. The 6-foot-3 guard was averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists heading into Saturday’s championship.

While Derksen led the team in scoring, Amphitheater was once again able to get strong contributions from numerous players, a key to Hurley’s gameplan.

"That’s the key to us. That’s been the key to our team the entire year," Hurley said. "We have a lot of talent on the team, but the guys are still willing to put the team first and buy into what we do — substituting a lot, putting defense first and playing uptempo. It was a great team win today."

Other players in double figures for Amphitheater were Tony Lillard, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, who surprised everyone by scoring 16 points in the first half — including four three-pointers. He finished with 19 point. Senior captain Domineik Banks finished with 12 points. Charles Benson, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.

Tempe was led by Jordan Baker, a 6-foot-3 senior who committed to Pepperdine prior to the season.

Baker missed the final two months of last season due to a broken wrist, but the guard again showed he’s fully recovered as he scored 36 points.

Tempe had not been in the state playoffs since 2001 or a state final since 1990 and was seeking its first-ever state title.

Amphitheater lost in the 2010 final to Santa Rita 86-84.

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