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No. 2 Corona downs No. 1 Desert Vista

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Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 9:42 pm

The merry-go-round atop the Division I boys basketball rankings continued to whirl on Tuesday.

Desert Vista's hold on the top spot will be short-lived after No. 2 Corona del Sol used a strong fourth quarter for a 64-57 victory at Corona del Sol.

The Thunder (3-1) defeated preseason No. 1 Pinnacle last week to grab the top spot, and now the Aztecs (6-1) look destined to take over if they finish the week strong against Kofa and Dobson.

Calaen Robinson had 27 points, five rebounds and four assists as Corona used a 15-5 fourth-quarter run to turn a deficit into a seven-point lead and hit enough free throws down the stretch for the win.

"We brought a lot of intensity to this game and it was good to get a big win like this, especially against a good team like Desert Vista," Corona del Sol forward Andrus Peat said.

Peat was instrumental down low for the Aztecs, especially since fellow post Avery Moss missed the contest with a shoulder injury. Moss' return to the court has no timetable, coach Sam Duane said. Peat finished with 12 points.

The game was close throughout, as neither team led by more than 10 points. The Thunder had a 16-10 lead early in the second quarter, and the teams were tied at the half.

Desert Vista went ahead 45-42 on a bucket by Danny Powell with 7:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Corona del Sol scored seven straight points to take the lead and never relinquished it.

Powell had 26 points to lead the Thunder, but needed 22 shots to get his points.

Duane said the experience gained in this early-season matchup should help the Aztecs down the road, as they are one of the leading contenders for the state championship.

"You want to play in as many big games as you can throughout the course of the year so when you get to the big games (in the playoffs) you have that experience," Duane said. "This was a challenge for us, probably our biggest early test. We responded well."

Corona del Sol made 16-of-18 free throws in the fourth quarter.

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