For the second straight Tuesday night, Jahii Carson made a game-winning shot, this time a 17-foot runner at the buzzer as top-ranked Mesa beat Hamilton, 53-51, in a 5A-I Fiesta region boys basketball game.
Carson, an Arizona State-commit, led all scorers in the game with 24 points. Charles Croxen added nine points for the Jackrabbits (14-4, 5-0). Jack Cone led the Huskies with 22 points.
In other boys hoops action, Tempe rolled to a 59-39 win over visiting Higley to remain three games behind leader Arcadia in the 4A-II East Sky region.
Jordan Baker led all scorers with 25 points for the Buffalos (17-6, 7-2). Baker also finished with seven assists, five rebounds and two steals.
Isaiah Haynes had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Nyial Watson also finished in double-figures for Tempe with 11 points.
Dmitri Jones finished with 13 points for Higley (8-10, 6-5).
Jaron Hopkins knocked down the game-winning shot with 3.3 seconds left in double overtime to lift Basha over visiting Millennium, 71-69.
Anthony Hasenstein led Basha with 26 points and Daquise Gaines added 12. Tate Nall and Kyndahl Holmes each grabbed 10 rebounds. Hopkins finished with 18 points for the Bears (10-10, 1-5).
Host Marcos de Niza overcame the stingy defense of Westwood and beat the Warriors, 47-39, in overtime of a 5A East Valley region game.
Westwood came into the game holding their opponents to just 41.5 points per game. In the overtime period it was the defense of Marcos de Niza that made the difference. The Padres (11-7, 4-3) held the Warriors scoreless in overtime thanks largely to a trap defense that Westwood could not figure out.
Devin White led the Padres with 15 points and Cedric Warren added 11. Luke Tingey led the Warriors with 14 points.
Visiting Desert Vista hung on for a 67-64 win over Red Mountain in a 5A-I Fiesta region game.
With five seconds left in regulation, Danny Powell drove baseline and found David Palty open for a layup. Palty was fouled on the play and made the free throw for a three point Thunder lead.
Red Mountain was then fouled shooting what was ruled a two-point shot. After the first free throw was missed, the second free throw was intentionally missed and the ball was tipped out, but the Mountain Lions were unable to get a shot off.
Powell led all scorers in the game with 24 points and Palty added 11 for the Thunder. Joey Halvorsen led Red Mountain with 18 points, Eric Pacheco added 17 points, Jordan Pratt finished with 12 and Kevin Torres had 11.
Visiting Dobson made its free throws at the end to beat Gilbert, 51-49, in a 5A-I Central region game. The Mustangs trailed by a point heading into the final period and made some key free throws down the stretch to get a two point lead. The Tigers had a shot to tie the game at the end that rimmed out. Erik Crawford led Gilbert with 18 points, Cody Martin added 13 points. Kyle Tomlinson led the victorious Mustangs with 13 points, while Tanner Colburn and Mike Brusnahan added 10 points apiece.
Sergio Schwendener led host Westwood past Camelback 5-4 in penalty kicks in a 5A non region match. The match was tied 1-1 after regulation and Schwendener tied it again in the second overtime at 2-2. Schwendener then hit the winning penalty kick to improve the Warriors record to 14-7 overall.
Lizzie Sturr, Michaela Dooley and Kellie Peay all scored goals to lead No. 2-ranked Xavier past Chandler, 3-0, in a 5A-I Fiesta region match. The Gators improved to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the region.
Laura Glew got her 16th shutout of the season as host Hamilton beat Mesa 6-0 in a 5A I Fiesta region match. Six different Huskies scored for unbeaten Hamilton (20-0-1, 4-0).