Salpointe over Canyon del Oro 84-36

January 27, 2023 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365

Canyon Torres. (Andy Morales/AZPreps365)

Canyon del Oro kept things close early but the Salpointe Lancers slowly pulled away from a 14-8 lead to outpace the Dorados 84-36 Friday night at home. The victory moved the Lancers to 9-6 in power-rankings games and 4-2 in region play, good enough for a No. 15 ranking in the 4A Conference entering the night.

The 4A Kino Region is still up for grabs with No. 5 Sahuaro (13-2, 5-1) and No. 7 Pueblo (12-4, 5-1) up one game on the Lancers. Sahuaro and Pueblo split their head-to-head region games and Salpointe still has a shot at both squads starting with a game against Pueblo at home Monday night. How a team finishes in region play has no bearing on the playoffs but Sahuaro and Pueblo appear to be headed to the Open Division while Salpointe is currently in line for a home game during the Play-In Tournament slated for Friday, Feb. 10.

No. 28 Canyon del Oro (4-12, 2-5) is falling out of contention for the Play-In Tournament which currently features teams ranked between No. 11 and No. 26 and things will get even more difficult with Sahuaro visiting the Dorados Monday night.

Salpointe was led by senior guard Canyon Torres (21 points), senior forward Pasha Shemirani (12), junior forward Bobby Smith (12) and senior guard Nick del Bosque (9). This was the third time the Lancers broke 80 points this year and the fourth time the program has held an opponent to 36 or fewer points. Canyon del Oro was led by junior guard Will Dixion (9) and senior guard Jaden Ibarra (7).

Will Dixon. (Andy Morales/AZPreps365)