Austin Nehls and Chaz Mack combined for 39 points to lead the Catalina Foothills boys basketball team past Salpointe Catholic 59-55 on Saturday night for the Division II, Section I title.
Salpointe cut the lead to three before Nehls took over the game at Amphi High School, scoring nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter - including a dunk with a pair of defenders trailing.
"Our guys just played hard," said Foothills coach Mark Felix said. "All year long, that's what we've done. It really showed tonight."
Mack finished with 15 points for the Falcons, who came out firing, connecting on five first-quarter threes to take a 23-10 lead.
The Falcons cooled off in the second quarter just as Cameron Denson and the Lancers were heating up. Denson scored seven of his 19 points in the second quarter, to keep the game within reach, 34-23, at the half.
• Desert Christian 62, Kearny Ray 44: At Cienega, the Eagles' boys team was able to hold off a 20-point fourth quarter from the Bearcats to claim the Division IV, Section II title on Saturday.
Senior guard Michael Shew scored 13 points for Desert Christian, followed by Luke Gleason with 12.
• Flowing Wells 39, Canyon del Oro 22: At Amphi, the Flowing Wells girls avenged the only loss in their last 25 games, defeating the Dorados to capture the Division II, Section I title.
Led by a full-court press, Flowing Wells forced 13 turnovers in the first half, holding CDO to just seven points at the break.
Flowing Wells coach Michael Perkins credited defense for the win, adding: "The kids know it, we work on it, we emphasized it, they've bought into it. This is what we wanted."
One of the best three-point shooters in the state, CDO's Brittany West was held to just four points in the first half and seven for the game. West scored 24 the last two times the teams met.
The Caballeros came out hot in the second half behind a balanced attack, scoring 15 points in the third quarter to pull away for good.
Flowing Wells will carry a 12-game winning streak into next week's state tournament.
• Fort Thomas 55, Desert Christian 45: At Cienega, Anissa Juan paced the Apaches with 22 points to win the Division IV, Section II championship.
The Eagles were led by Hannah Bjorgum with 16 points and Sara Boice, who scored 14.
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