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VX boys basketball state tournament roundup 2/16: Ernst breaks all-time coaching wins record

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Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:18 pm | Updated: 11:31 pm, Thu Feb 16, 2012.

History won't have to wait until next season.

Thanks to Mountain View's fast start, coach Gary Ernst became Arizona's all-time record holder for boys basketball wins with the Toros' 66-50 victory over visiting Rincon in the first round of the Division I boys basketball state tournament on Thursday.

The win marked Ernst's 775th career victory, passing Tucson Sahuaro coach Dick McConnell on the all-time list.

"It hasn't really hit me yet," Ernst said. "I'm just so proud of the kids, and appreciate what they did. I could tell in their eyes they were ready to play. Sometimes they were trying to hard, and it got a little sloppy."

Mountain View jumped out to a 14-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

The 12th-seeded Toros were lead by Camyn Boone's 16 points. Mitch Wallace added 15 and Payton Dastrup finished with 14.

Mountain View will visit No. 5 Desert Vista at 7 p.m. Saturday in the second round.

In other Division I boys state tournament openers, No. 16 Desert Mountain used clutch free-throw shooting in overtime to come away with 66-63 win over visiting No. 17 Anthem Boulder Creek.

Diego Magana scored a team-high 20 points for the Wolves, who will take on No. 1-seeded Corona del Sol at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Corona del Sol H.S.

No. 23 Perry upset No. 10 Phoenix North, 63-53, on the road to advance to the second round. The Pumas will take on fellow-Chandler school No. 7 Basha at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Basha H.S.

No. 9 Brophy ran away with a 62-34 first-round win over visiting No. 24 Vail Cienega. The Broncos will travel to No. 8 Avomdale Westview at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

No. 22 Chaparral saw its season come to an end at the hands of No. 11 Sierra Vista Buena. The Firebirds fell on the road, 62-58. Buena will play at No. 6 Laveen Cesar Chavez at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Elsewhere, No. 20 Cibola defeated No. 13 Lake Havasu 48-44. Cibola will play No. 4 Gilbert at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Gilbert High School.

Division II

Ninth-seeded Saguaro edged out visiting No. 24 Thunderbird 74-70 to get out of the first round of the Division II boys state basketball tournament Thursday.

Ryan Berg scored a team-high 24 points for the Sabercats. Berg was joined by three other players in double figures. Matt Hauser scored 14 points, Mike Hauser added 12 points and Cliff Marg also finished with 12 points.

Saguaro will visit No. 8 Tucson Salpointe Catholic in the second round at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Jalen Richard and Kyle Davis combined for 50 points as No. 12 Poston Butte defeated No. 21 Youngker, 71-60, at home.

Richard and Davis each finished with 25 points. Josh Garcia added 14 points. Marcus Wheeler led Thunderbird with 34 points.

The Broncos will visit No. 5 Betty Fairfaxt at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

No. 18 Queen Creek extended its season thanks to its 69-67 road win over No. 15 Tucson Catalina Foothills. The Bulldogs will play at No. 2 Raymond Kellis at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

No. 22 Tempe saw its season end on the road with its 60-56 defeat to No. 11 Coconino. Coconino will visit No. 6 Sierra Linda at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In other Division II first-round action, No. 10 Nogales routed No. 23 Casa Grande 83-63, No. 13 Sunnyslope defeated No. 20 Douglas 66-43, No. 14 Cactus Shadows beat No. 19 Apollo 64-56 and No. 16 Flagstaff defeated No. 17 Bradshaw Mountain, 54-36.

Nogales will visit No. 7 Paradise Valley, Sunnyslope will visit No. 4 Peoria, Cactus Shadows will visit No. 3 Amphitheater and Flagstaff will visit No. 1 Arcadia in the second round.

All games are at 7 p.m. on Saturday.


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