The Gregory School men’s basketball team won the annual Boyd Baker tournament after three days of competitive games. The women’s team also competed in the tournament.
Starting on Monday, November 23, at 10 AM, the men’s beat Tanque Verde High School and won 58-52. Later that night, at 7 PM, they beat Ray High School, winning 82-61. Junior Nick Rosquist broke the school’s shooting record by scoring 49 points in a single game.
The men challenged Santa Rita at 10 AM the next day, Tuesday, November 24. After a close game, they narrowly won with a final score of 76-71.
Sophomore Addison Mort had his first double-double of the season with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists. Rosquist had another high-scoring game with 47 points, five assists, and five steals.
The Hawks played their long-time rival Desert Christian that night. The boys beat Desert Christian 71-46, which sent the team to the championship bracket for Wednesday’s game.
The boys won against Tohono O’odham High School 74-55 the next morning. After another solid win, the team rested and prepared for their championship game at 5:30 PM that same night. They would face the familiar Santa Rita team once again, and both teams were hungry for the win. While the Hawks did not have a comfortable lead going into the fourth quarter of the game, the boys continued to push for the win.
As members of The Gregory School’s team started fouling, starters had to sit on the bench to protect their ability to play. Anxious TGS fans watched as the score inched closer toward a tie. With less than a minute left in the game, the Hawks made vital free throws and gave the ball to Santa Rita with two seconds on the clock. Their defense proved to be the game-winner, and the boys took the championship title with a score of 56-54.
As students went into the Thanksgiving break ready to relax from the pressure of school, and looking forward to reconnecting with their families, the men’s basketball team left Wednesday night feeling grateful to be the Boyd Baker Tournament champions.
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