Countdown to State: Valley Christian, Fountain Hills, Scottsdale Christian could also be class of 3A boys hoops, however northern Arizona faculties not far behind

January 20, 2023
Brian M. Bergner Jr.,


Scottsdale Christian head coach John Anderson talks along with his crew throughout a timeout Jan. 3, 2023, in Camp Verde. The Eagles are at the moment ranked No. 9. A handful of Phoenix and central Arizona groups have stood out within the 3A convention this season, together with Scottsdale Christian, Valley Christian and Fountain Hills, however a number of groups in northern Arizona like Holbrook, Monument Valley, Blue Ridge and Snowflake are proper there with them. (Brian M. Bergner Jr./AzPreps365)

PRESCOTT — No. 1 and 2-ranked Valley Christian and Fountain Hills could sport a 39-1 mixed file this season, however just a few northern Arizona faculties are beginning to make some noise with simply three weeks left earlier than state playoff time within the desert.


For example, Holbrook, which defeated rival Winslow 60-46 on Thursday night time, has now gained 13 of their previous 15 contests.

Quentin Thomas scored 18 factors on 5 3-pointers to guide the Roadrunners (16-4, 2-1 3A East), which made it to the 3A remaining 4 a season in the past.

Brandon Tapaha, who leads Holbrook in scoring this season at 15.9 factors per recreation, scored 13 factors on three 3-pointers and had three rebounds and three assists within the Winslow victory.

Holbrook misplaced to Fountain Hills on Nov. 25, 67-31, and extra not too long ago to Valley Christian, 81-50 on Jan. 7.

Key remaining video games: Jan. 24 vs. Snowflake; Jan. 28 at Blue Ridge; Feb. 3 vs. Winslow; Feb. 4 vs. Monument Valley; Feb. 8 at Snowflake.


Blue Ridge, which sits at No. 10 within the energy level rankings as of Friday, Jan. 20, beat Holbrook 63-60 in time beyond regulation on Jan. 10, however has since misplaced to Winslow (54-50, Jan. 13) and Payson (43-35, Jan. 19).

The Yellow Jackets (11-5, 1-1 3A East) have stable wins in opposition to Present Low (51-44), Chinle (63-42) and Alchesay (64-46) to date this season.

Key remaining video games: Jan. 24 at Present Low; Jan. 27 vs. Snowflake; Jan. 28 vs. Holbrook; Jan. 31 at Winslow; Feb. 8 vs. Present Low; Feb. 9 at Snowflake.


Monument Valley (16-2, 6-0 3A North), ranked No. 3 total, hasn’t misplaced an influence level recreation all season (11-0) and have gained 12 of 13 contests.

An enormous motive why the Mustangs have been profitable this season is 6-foot-1 senior guard Albrandon ByJoe, who averages 21.3 factors per recreation as one of many prime scorers within the state. He’s additionally the highest rebounder on his membership with 6.5 per recreation.

Key remaining video games: Jan. 28 at Alchesay; Feb. 3 vs. Chinle; Feb. 4 at Holbrook.


The No. 8-ranked Lobos (13-3, 3-0 3A East) have huge victories in opposition to Alchesay (53-49, Nov. 29), Winslow (52-32, Dec. 20), Seton Catholic (44-43, Dec. 29), Monument Valley (73-62, Dec. 30) and Winslow once more in their very own gymnasium on Jan. 10, 55-49.

Snowflake additionally performed a tricky Scottsdale Christian membership all the way down to the wire, however misplaced 56-55.

Scottsdale Christian (11-6, 5-1 3A North Central), ranked No. 9 below head coach John Anderson, a former participant who helped the Eagles win two state championships greater than 20 years in the past, misplaced a tricky one to Fountain Hills (56-34, Dec. 14) and saved it shut in opposition to Valley Christian in a 69-56 loss Jan. 13.

The Lobos have gained eight of 9 and are led by Matthew Brimhall (13.3 ppg), a 6-foot, 200-pound senior who helped the soccer crew win two of the final three state championships.

Key remaining video games: Jan. 24 at Holbrook; Jan. 27 at Blue Ridge; Feb. 1 at Chinle; Feb. 8 vs. Holbrook; Feb. 9 vs. Blue Ridge.


No. 12 Web page (12-7, 6-2 3A North); Jan. 24 at Monument Valley.

No. 13 Chinle (14-7, 5-2 3A North); Jan. 21 vs. Ganado.

No. 18 Present Low (10-11, 1-1 3A East); Jan. 20 at Snowflake.


The 3A state playoffs are distinctive in that 24 groups qualify for the bracket, in contrast to 6A, 5A, 4A, 2A and 1A the place 16 groups fill a four-round playoff bracket. Nevertheless, these aforementioned conferences do host a “State Play-In” spherical, often together with eight golf equipment, whereas the 3A doesn’t.

This season’s 3A bracket will see the excessive seed host the primary two rounds on Feb. 15 and 18, then the quarterfinals are set for Feb. 21 at Findlay Toyota Middle in Prescott Valley.

The state semifinals and finals are scheduled for the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on Feb. 24-25.

See for brackets by Feb. 13. For extra info on ticket costs and different convention state playoff dates and occasions, go to

Brian M. Bergner Jr. has lined skilled, collegiate and highschool sports activities for greater than 20 years. Observe him on Twitter @AzPreps365Brian. Have a narrative concept? E mail Brian at [email protected]

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