The Grand Canyon High School boys club basketball team went up against some giants in a 3A-5A tournament Friday and Saturday. The Class 1A Phantoms were a late entry after another team dropped out and a replacement was needed.
In the team’s first game, the Phantoms lost to Flagstaff Sinagua, 64-48. Tempy Walker led Grand Canyon with 21 points while Miguel Davila added 13.
"We were really flat and I think the kids were still upset about learning that our San Diego trip had been cancelled," Grand Canyon coach Dan Lopez said.
Grand Canyon followed with what Lopez called the team’s best game of the summer, although it was a loss. Monument Valley downed the Phantoms, 41-30.
"We played very good defense and held our own against a team very capable of putting up a lot of points," Lopez said.
Miguel Davila scored 13 and Walker had 11 for the Phantoms.
Grand Canyon struggled in a 57-19 loss to Flagstaff High School. Walker scored eight and Miguel Davila added six.
"We were tired and got out of what we did against Monument Valley," Lopez said. "We finished the tournament with a very strong showing against Ganado."
The Phantoms lost the Ganado game, 50-38, but took the opponent down to the last few minutes. Grand Canyon trailed by six points with two minutes remaining but had to start fouling. Ganado responded by hitting its free throws.
Miguel Davila led with 12 points while Juan Davila had seven.
Grand Canyon also continued its participation in a Flagstaff club league with two games early last week. The Phantoms fell to Cottonwood Mingus, 58-38. Walker led with nine points while Ed Hazlett and Juan Davila each scored eight.
Grand Canyon then took a 42-41 victory over Flagstaff High’s junior varsity. Juan Davila hit two free throws with 15 seconds left in the game to put the team on top. Hazlett led with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Juan Davila and Miguel Davila each finished with seven points.
The Phantoms wrapped up league play Monday in games played after presstime. Look for results in next week’s edition.
Lopez said he’ll try to pick up at least six more games for the team this summer to replace the 10 games lost by not going to California.