GC boys crush Northland Prep,<br>fall short vs. Precision

The Grand Canyon High School boys basketball team experienced each end of the extreme Friday and Saturday.

The Phantoms cruised to an 89-23 win over Northland Prep in Flagstaff on Friday and then looked sluggish in a 69-56 loss to Precision at home on Saturday.

Grand Canyon’s Miguel Davila attempts a shot in Saturday night’s loss to Precision. Davila finished with a team-high 19 points.

"That was a disappointing loss," Grand Canyon coach Dan Lopez said about the Saturday game. "We’ll go back to basics on Monday (in practice)."

The Panthers (5-12) shot out to an 8-1 lead in the first quarter and would never trail in the game. Grand Canyon made several runs to get back into the game, but would then allow Precision to make a run of its own.

Midway through the second quarter, the Phantoms pulled to within 22-17 on a Tempy Walker three-pointer. But then bad passing turned into Precision layups and the Panthers had gone back up by 11.

In the third quarter, Precision’s lead ranged from seven to 13 points. Then in the fourth, Grand Canyon made a run to make things interesting.

Walker had ended the third period with a three-pointer and Miguel Davila began the fourth with a basket. Walker scored again with 7:26 left in the game to cut the Precision lead down to 45-41.

But the Panthers responded with an 8-0 run to pretty much put the game away.

"Missing layups hurt us tonight," Lopez said. "We just did a poor job of running the offense. When we went to the two-man game, we cut it to four. Then it was back to putting up prayers."

Lopez said he was disappointed that the offense could not generate more scoring chances.

"There was no flow to the offense," Lopez said. "We just played their game. They were not a great defensive team, so if we could make three or four passes, they’ll break down."

Davila finished with a team-high 19 points while Walker ended up with 14.

On Friday, Grand Canyon shot out to a 44-0 lead en route to the blowout over Northland Prep. The opponent was not able to score until the 3:11 mark of the second quarter.

"We just had a lot of opportunities to play a lot of kids, mainly freshmen," Lopez said.

Ryne Boone and Richardson Tisi each scored 17 to lead the Phantoms. Davila scored 15 and Dennis Booth had 13 points.

Grand Canyon (0-4, 3-8) will host St. Michael in a conference game Thursday. Tip-off with the Cardinals is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Phantoms will play at home again Friday vs. Shonto Prep in another 7:30 p.m. start. That counts as a league game.

Grand Canyon will host rival Ash Fork Saturday at 7 p.m., for homecoming.

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