Arizona Boys High School Basketball Championships: Great Day For Rural Schools

Recap of the Arizona state championships for boys high school basketball.

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Arizona Boys High School Basketball Championship Wrap Up With 5A Titles For Fairfax And Mountain View

Our coverage of the Arizona boys high school state championship concludes with the 5A-I and 5A-II title games. SB Nation will continue its high school basketball March Madness bonanza for the weeks ahead as teams from around the country compete for their state championships.

5A Division II Title Game

The first game on the schedule today featured Fairfax High School winning their first state title in their school's short four year history with a double overtime victory over Chaparral by the 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 Jobing.com 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 is located in Scottsdale while Fairfax is located right outside of Phoenix in Laveen, Ariz.

5A Division I Title Game

Mountain View defense smoothers Brophy en route to 50-29 win and the 5A-I Arizona State Title. Brophy was coming off a semi-final win over Mesa where they scored 96 points, but the boys from the central Phoenix private school weren't able to solve Mountain View's defensive intensity at Jobbing.com arena on Friday.

"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.

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Arizona Boys High School Basketball Championships Results For 3A And 4A

It was a big day in Arizona high school sports on Saturday with the boys basketball championships being played at Jobbing.com arena for 3A and 4A Divisions I and II. SB Nation has full coverage of all three games as part of our High School March Madness feature.

4A Division II Title Game

In the first game of the day, Amphitheater of Tucson defeated Tempe 87-77 to win the Class 4A Division II title. 

"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."

The Amphitheater Panters were led by guard Tim Derksen who finished with 26 points. The 6-foot-3 junior averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists this season.

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 points. 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.

4A Division I Title Game

Next up it was the 4A Division I title game with Nogales defeating Saguaro 57-44. This is the first state title for the Southern Arizona school since 1983.

"It's unreal how excited these people are," Nogales coach Ricardo De La Riva told the Arizona Republic. "It's lifted everybody in the community. Our administrators were so supportive. Lastly, I want to thank God for keeping me here and winning a state championship."

Nogales received a strong performance from their junior guard Joseph Moreal who finished with 20 points. Moreal scored 13 of those points in the fourth quarter to lead his school to victory.

Saguaro, a Scottsdale school, entered the game with a 15-game winning streak after an 8-8 start, and was led by senior guard Jack Connors with 18 points.

3A Title Game

Holbrook defeated Fountain Hills 49-43 to win their first state championship since 1971. The rural school from Northern Arizona was down 15 with seven minutes left in the game before their full-court pressure helped fuel a 24-3 run over the much taller boys from the wealthy Phoenix suburb. 

Holbrook's 6-foot-1 guard Kory Koerperich was the hero of the game as he recorded a team-high 12 points, including six from the free throw line in the final seconds to secure the win.

"No one expected us to do this," Koerperich told the Arizona Republic after the game."I knew we were going to come back."

Other Holbrook players in doubles figures were Torrian Epps with 11 points and Rashaun Baldwin with 10. Jalen Jackson, the team's leading scorer at 16.3 points per game, finished with nine.

Fountain Hills took a 40-25 lead with 6:47 left and seemed in control with its front line of 6-foot-9 Nick Baker, 6-8 Tyler bode and 6-4 Jeffrey Bonner. Holbrook's tallest starter was Jackson, who is 6-3.

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