Mesa Mountain View guard Brendon Lavender scored 30 points and handed out five assists Saturday night to lead the Toros to a 56-49 victory over Provo, Utah, in the final game of the inaugural Arizona Basketball Challenge at Mesa Mountain View High School.
Lavender knocked down 11 of 18 shots from the floor, including 6 of 10 from 3-point range. He also brought the crowd to its feet with a thundering dunk as the Toros ran off six straight points late in the first half to snap a tie.
Mountain View (12-2) went 3-1 in the tournament. Brandon Davies led Provo with 17 points.
Lavender, a 6-foot-4 senior, was named the tournament most valuable player, heading a 14-player all-tournament team. Lavender averaged 26.3 points and six assists.
Joining Lavender were Taylor Rohde, Phoenix Pinnacle; Ryan Evans and John Jackson, Chandler Hamilton; Matt Carlino and Nick Witherill, Gilbert Highland; Jeff Withey, San Diego Horizon; Travis Kelce, Cleveland Heights; Rojer Castro, Tucson; Deonte Roberts, Mesa Red Mountain; Davies, Provo; Matt Rhodes, Scottsdale Saguaro; Quavis McKinney, Cincinnati Taft; and Nate Van Weelden, Chandler Valley Christian.
Melvin Douglas scored 10 points and had seven rebounds as Dobson held on to defeat Valley Christian 52-46 in the Arizona Basketball Challenge at Mountain View High School. Dobson finished the tournament 2-2 and Valley Christian finished 0-4. Bryant Avent had 16 points for Valley Christian.
In other Arizona Basketball Challenge action, Deonte Roberts scored 12 points to lead four Red Mountain players in double figures as the Mountain Lions defeated San Diego Horizon Christian 65-48. Roberts finished with a double-double, also grabbing 12 rebounds. Red Mountain (11-7) finished the tournament 2-2.
Seton Catholic defeated Arcadia 76-68 to win third place at the Cactus Shadows Shootout. The Sentinels had four players score in double figures. Andy Blauvelt led the way with 20 points, followed by Thomas Harty with 17, Kyle Mahoney with 15 and Nick Gleisner with 13. Gleisner was named to the all-tournament team. ... Mesa Westwood defeated Mar Vista (San Diego) 52-33 in the consolation championship of the Spartan Classic at San Diego.
Valley Christian held on for a 46-43 victory Saturday over Yuma Catholic to win the championship game of the Valley Christian Invitational. Amy Frost scored a team-high 15 points and Chanel Smith made four late free throws to help the Trojans (15-2) hold on. Kristen Johannsen (six points) led Valley Christian’s defense with eight steals. Frost and Johannsen were named to the all-tournament team.
In other tournament action, St. Johns defeated Whiteriver Alchesay 59-57 in overtime to take home third place, Arizona Lutheran topped Tempe 42-35 for fifth, Surrey Garden beat Scottsdale Christian 51-42 for seventh and Phoenix Bourgade Catholic turned back Fountain Hills 51-41 for ninth.
Highland fell short of advancing to the championship game of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic, losing to Centennial (Nev.) 68-64 at Centennial. Morgan Wohltman led the Hawks (17-2) with 21 points.
Desert Vista defeated Saguaro 48-41 in the Nike Tournament of Champions II at Mesquite High School to take third place in the Red Division. Alexis Ganis led the Thunder (9-4) with 15 points and six rebounds.
Mesa lost to Apollo 52-44 in the championship game of the Payson Tournament. Lexi Brown and Emily Johnson led the Jackrabbits with 13 points each.
Corona del Sol defeated Gilbert 3-0 in the semifinals of the Dobson Mustang Classic at Mesa’s Red Mountain Soccer Complex. Lexi Schroeder, Angelas Williamson and Alexis Burkhart each had a goal for the Aztecs (12-1-1). Hailey Hayes earned her fifth shutout of the season by stopping eight Gilbert shots. Earlier in the day, Corona defeated Red Mountain 2-1 in the quarterfinals. The Aztecs will play Xavier in the championship game Monday.
Xavier also played two games, winning both by shutout. The Gators beat Phoenix Desert Vista 1-0 in a shootout and Phoenix Mountain Pointe 4-0. In the first game, Xavier (13-0) failed to score a goal but was able to win the shootout 4-2. Against the Thunder, Alex Partida, Chelsea Canepa, Kaitlin King and Samantha Cummings all found the back of the net for the Gators.