GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The Grand Canyon (GC) Phantoms boys basketball team won against rivals Seligman Antelopes at home on Dec. 20.
The Phantoms raced out to a 20-7 first quarter lead against Seligman and extended their lead to 29-7 early in the second quarter.
Senior Ethan Berry hit two deep three pointers highlighting the run, and senior Joey Bankston and junior Tyler Jones each added emphatic breakaway dunks.
However, after the early offensive explosion, the Phantoms' momentum came to a dramatic halt as the Antelopes were able to make a 16-0 run of their own.
Going into halftime, the Phantoms led 31-23. The second half started with both teams combining to score on eight of their first 10 possessions.
In the third quarter, Grand Canyon was again able to outscore the Antelopes, 17-15. Seligman pulled within seven points on three occasions, but were unable to get any closer.
In the fourth quarter, the defensive effort picked up on both sides as Seligman held Grand Canyon to only 12 points, but GC came back and shut down Seligman, allowing the Antelopes to score just four points.
The final score was 60-42. Bankston scored 24 points, Berry had 18 points, and Tyler Jones put down 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Seligman's leading scorers were Bryson Hunter with 12 points and Verse Jackson with 10 points.
Grand Canyon Phantoms head coach Dave Beery said the game marked the return of former Grand Canyon Phantoms coach and gym teacher Dan Lopez, who is currently Seligman's head coach.
The Phantom boys junior varsity team was also victorious, cruising to a 59-23 victory. The junior varsity team's record stands at 2-2.
The junior varsity and varsity Lady Phantoms both fell to the Seligman Antelopes on Dec. 20.
In the junior varsity game, sisters junior Kiana Wadsworth and sophomore Ksena Wadsworth scored with three and two points respectively. The junior varsity Lady Phantoms lost 44-5.
The varsity girls' final score was 38-25.
Head coach Markale Hall said the girls played well defensively, and kept Seligman to only 38 points.
During the game, senior Tateyonna Jeter-Nanacasia scored the most points for the Lady Phantoms with eight. Sophomore Deya Ramos put down six and sophomore Yesenia Jiminez had five points.
The Phantoms basketball teams traveled to Phoenix Christian for the Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-28. On Jan. 2 they will play at Rock Point, on Jan. 3 against Fredonia at home and on Jan. 4 they will travel to Seligman for their second matchup of the season.