The Mesa Dobson boys basketball team’s undefeated start was sunk by the Hawkins brothers.
Arizona State-bound senior Corey Hawkins did most of the damage, with 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven steals, including two late thefts to clinch a 72-64 victory for Goodyear Estrella Foothills in the VisitMesa.com Basketball Challenge on Monday at Mesa Mountain View.
Little brother Devon, a freshman, pitched in with 12 points, including two late 3-pointers, which helped push a two-point lead to 10 with 2:18 remaining.
Dobson climbed to within 67-64 with 53 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Kyle Heck but didn’t score again.
Corey Hawkins hit 3 of 4 free throws and threw down a breakaway dunk to clinch it.
“He has a real high basketball IQ,” Dobson coach Rick McConnell said of Hawkins. “He got baskets in situations when people gave him just a little bit of an opening.”
The Mustangs (10-1) are currently ranked No. 2 in 5A-I while Estrella Foothills is No. 1 in 3A and the conference’s defending champion.
John Bailey had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Dobson but took only 10 shots as the Wolves sunk down their defense to limit his touches.
McConnell thought his guards didn’t attack the rim enough and were too careless with the ball.
Dobson had 22 turnovers while Estrella Foothills had just 10, negating the fact that Dobson shot 49 percent from the field and had seven more rebounds.
“If we don’t take care of the ball and if we don’t attack very well, it’s not a good combination for us,” McConnell said.
Jarrett Green added 13 points and four rebounds for Dobson, and Quinn Riekena also cracked double figures with 11 points.
Dobson plays 5A-I defending champion Phoenix St. Mary’s at 4 p.m. Tuesday.