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Arizona Boys Basketball Championships: Orme Wins 1A State Title

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The Orme School, typically known as one of the top academic schools in the United States, might have competition from its athletic department after Saturday’s 68-56 championship game victory over Gilbert Christian High School.

Despite the fact that Orme beat Gilbert Christian, the defending 1A champions, their coach doesn’t think that his team will be defending their title next season.

“I think this is probably like a one-shot deal,” Todd Roe told the Republic. “I said before, ‘the stars kind of lined up for us.’ We’ve always had a big international population at the school. We just happened to get kids this year that were experienced basketball players.”

Orme was led by Metehan Akcam, a guard from Turkey, as he scored 25 points along with four three-pointers. Akcam is part of a starting lineup that doesn’t include any American players, a point of argument around Arizona when debating the merits of Orme competing in Arizona High School activities and a subject the Arizona Republic’s Richard Obert recently opined upon.

Orme also got 21 points from guard Theo Turner, who had four 3-pointers and scored 13 points in the first half and benefited from the inside presence of 6-foot-8 junior Michel Nzege of Switzerland according to the game recap in the Republic.