Salpointe Catholic Wins First Ever State Title With Big Overtime Win

by Lucas Archuleta | Posted on Thursday, January 30th, 2020

On Saturday afternoon, #1 seed Peoria High School faced off against #2 seed Salpointe Catholic HS for the 4A State Championship game. Both teams had great seasons this year, and were set up for a big-time match-up in the championship game at Arizona’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in what was one of the more exciting games of the year from start to finish.

Both teams came out with a ton of energy to begin the game, and in a game where no team held a lead bigger than 7 points, Peoria was able to throw the first punch, as they came out with an 8-3 lead to begin the game.

Salpointe was able to answer with a 6-0 run, and they took the lead 9-8.

Peoria reclaimed the lead again immediately, 10-9, but Salpointe gained control of the quarter, and led 14-10 after the end of the 1st quarter.

To begin the second quarter, Salpointe knocked down a three-pointer to take their largest lead of the game, 17-10.

Peoria responded with an 8-0 run, as they were able to gain control of the lead, 18-17, with 3:40 to go in the half. Peoria was able to gain control of the game for the quarter, and they went into the half with their largest lead of the game, 29-22, Peoria over Salpointe at halftime.

To begin the 3rd quarter, Salpointe made an immediate 6-0 run, and cut the Peoria lead to 1-point, as it was 29-28 in Peoria's favor.

Peoria was able to answer with points of their own, but Salpointe continued to surge, as they were able to tie the game at 32 all with 2:45 left to go in the third period. It was very close and very competitive for the remainder of the quarter, and Peoria held a slight 40-38 lead after 3 quarters of play.

In the 4th quarter, it was very competitive and very close the whole quarter, as both teams traded baskets back-and-forth the whole quarter.

The game eventually went into overtime, as it was tied 48-48. In overtime, it was all Salpointe, as they held Peoria scoreless for the quarter. They eventually won the game, 54-48, and officially won their school's first-ever state championship, after falling short the past (3) seasons.

Salpointe Catholic finished the season with an impressive 30-1 record overall. Senior and Harvard commit Evan Nelson (pictured) led the way for them with 17 points total, while fellow senior Grant Weitman chipped in 15 points.

Peoria finished the year with a very impressive 26-4 record. For them, senior Isaac Monroe had 14 points, freshman Andrew Camacho had 14 points and junior Kevin Kogbara had 10 points total.


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