Panthers Hold Off CSA in D-III Playoffs

Broady scores 22, leads balanced attack in Opening Round Win

By Daniel Dullum

Tavares Broady scored 22 points – including four 3-pointers – and grabbed 16 rebounds on Friday, leading Imagine Prep-Superstition past Queen Creek Canyon State Academy 68-57 in the quarterfinal round of the CAA Division III boys basketball playoffs.

The Panthers (15-4) faced Phoenix Maya (12-4) in the semifinals on Feb. 17 at South Mountain Community College after this edition of The News went to press. The Jaguars defeated Scottsdale Bella Vista Friday 67-61.

In the other quarterfinal games, Phoenix Skyline Prep routed Heritage Academy-Laveen 85-44 and Chandler Tri-City Christian bounced East Valley Athletes for Christ (EVAC) 58-30.

“I don’t get less than a day to enjoy this, I get about three minutes,” Panthers Coach Travis Gordon said.

The Panthers took their first lead of the game at 9-8 and finished the quarter with a 15-4 run. CSA responded with a 10-2 run to open the second quarter, eventually taking a 29-25 halftime lead.

“(CSA) did a great job of scouting,” Gordon said. “Some of the adjustments they were making from when we last played them, so we had to make some adjustments ourselves. We made them, but it just so happened that we had a terrible second quarter.

“But they guys hung in there and they understand now what playoff basketball is about. They weathered the storm.”

IP-Superstition surged ahead to stay at 34-31 on a Tavares Broady 3-pointer at 5:15 of the third period. The Panthers outscored CSA 19-4 in the third quarter, but the Rams battled back, cutting the IPS lead to 58-50 with 3:00 remaining in the fourth quarter on a Blaze Wasanga 3-pointer.

A Johnson layup returned the Panthers lead to 10 at 60-50 with 2:32 remaining. Wasanga hit another 3-pointer at :40 to pull the Rams to within 65-57. IPS held the Rams scoreless over the last 38 seconds while making 4-of-8 free throws.

Dallas Pina scored 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds, and had nine assists for IPS, with Reggie Johnson adding 12 points, 10 rebounds, two blocked shots and five steals. Jorge Garcia finished with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Wasanga led the Rams with 22 points, followed by Isiah Anderson with 11.

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