Sunnyslope, Ironwood Advance To Hoopsgiving Finals

by Lucas Archuleta | Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2019

On Wednesday evening at Sunnyslope High School, Arizona Preps was on hand for the semi-final matchups of this year's Hoopsgiving Holiday Tournament. The first semi-final matchup saw host Sunnyslope High School (3-0) take on Chaparral High School (2-1). The second semi-final matchup featured Ironwood High School (3-0) and Apollo High School (2-1). Both games were very competitive and all programs involved were potential teams who can make deep playoffs runs late in the season.

Here is a summary of each game, along with who will be moving on to the championship game on Friday evening @ 7PM at Sunnyslope High School.

Sunnyslope HS Vs Chaparral HS

This game was a very tightly contested match-up between two very well coached and talented teams here in the Phoenix Metro area. The game started as a back and forth battle, as both teams competed extremely hard. Sunnyslope was fouled at the end of the quarter and capitalized, so they were able to hold a small 11-10 lead after the first quarter.

The second quarter was much of the same, as both teams continued to trade baskets the whole quarter. Sunnyslope went into the half with a two point lead, 23-21.

To begin the 3rd quarter, Sunnyslope went on an immediate 7-0 run to make it a 30-21 game. It looked like they were going to pull away, but Chaparral continued to battle back, and they were able to end the third quarter only down three with a score of 35-32.

The fourth quarter was another tightly contested quarter, as both teams went back-and-forth. Sunnyslope was able to get some stops, make plays and make free throws late to give them a 55-49 victory.

For Sunnyslope, senior 6-foot-10 big man Carson Basham and sophomore guard Oakland Fort led the way. For Chaparral, the senior combo of Jorden Jospeh and Matt Whisler led the way.

Ironwood HS Vs Apollo HS

This game, which was a very good game, didn’t have two key players for each team. For Ironwood, senior guard Trent Hudgens did not play, and for Apollo, junior guard Paris Woods did not play. This game immediately was a lot faster paced, and Ironwood came out the gates with some hot shooting - giving them a 20-8 lead after the 1st quarter.

Apollo was able to get their offense going in the second quarter, but Ironwood still went into the half with a 38-28 lead.

After the third quarter it looked like Ironwood was going to cruise to a double-digit lead, but Apollo played some very scrappy and tough basketball and was able to chip away at the lead. They cut the Ironwood lead down to 71-66 with 1:48 to go in the game.

Ironwood was able to make some free throws to seal the game, and eventually win it, 80-75. Ironwood was led by senior guard Dominic Gonzales (pictured) and junior guard JJ White. Apollo was led by senior guard Zeke Thompkins and sophomore guard Ahamed Mohamed.

Ironwood advances to play Sunnyslope High School in the championship game Friday at 7 PM.

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