Horizon basketball tourney turns into high-scoring thriller

Hayden Johnson averaged 21 points for Scottsdale Christian Academy during the Horizon Invitational Basketball Tournament, which earned him the Most Valuable Player award for the tourney.  But it was SCA’s Park Thomas who got center stage in the tournament’s finale.

Johnson scored 25 and pulled down 13 rebounds in the championship game against Boulder Creek HS, but it was the two free throws that Thomas made with 11 ticks left on the clock that sealed the win, and the championship, for Scottsdale Christian.

That’s not to take anything away from Jake Cipolletti who fueled a SCA run in the final minutes with back-to-back three-pointers.  Cipolletti finished with 12 points and teammate Chase Crookham added 13 more.

Boulder Creek had to come from behind and made a run at it late in the fourth quarter, closing the gap to two points, as Alex Dykhuizen and Ryan Crane poured in points.  Dykhuizen finished with 20 points and Crane with 19.

Once again, classifications made little difference in the final outcome, as 2A Scottsdale Christian was able to win its second
consecutive tournament title in a field that included teams from all levels.  Boulder Creek is a ranked team in 5A-II.