Looking ahead: Tuesday’s Top Three Games

4 weeks ago Andrew Luberda 0

We’re going to start a new daily feature that includes looking ahead to the top three area games of each day. We will update each day’s results and look ahead the following day’s top contests.

Tuesday, Jan. 30:

3.  The No. 18-ranked Coolidge boys’ basketball team looks to move closer to securing a playoff berth and perhaps improve its seeding when it hosts region foe Ben Franklin. The Chargers pulled the 97 – 94 upset in double-overtime on Jan. 12. That game was interrupted with five minutes left in the fourth quarter as referees stopped play to remove all spectators from the gym. Play later resumed with the stands empty. The Coolidge Roundhouse will be in full throat on Tuesday night.

Result:  Coolidge avenged its loss to Benjamin Franklin with an 81 – 58 victory on Tuesday night in the Coolidge Roundhouse. “We won the rebounding battle tonight,” Bears head coach Chris Leman said afterwards. “We had 47 total rebounds, 16 offensive. Our guys executed the game plan and that’s why we had the results that we did.”

Senior Jovann Thompson finished with a game-high 31 points. Adam Martin, a junior, led the Chargers with 28.

The Bears have three regular-season games remaining on schedule as they try to secure a playoff berth.

“I feel like were going into these final games (very) hungry,” Thompson said. “We need these wins.”

2.  The 24th-ranked Queen Creek boys’ basketball team will be fighting for its playoff life in its regular-season finale at rival and No. 4 Williams Field. The Black Hawks defeated the Bulldogs on Jan. 12, 49 – 30.

Result:  The Black Hawks swept the season series against the Bulldogs after Tuesday night’s 56 – 48 victory in Gilbert. The Bulldogs, who entered the game ranked No. 24, must now wait out the final rankings to determine if their season extends into the postseason. “It’s going to be really close,” Queen Creek senior guard Jake Reedy said via text about his team’s playoff chances. “We still have a shot, but we won’t know until everyone finishes out their season.”

1.  After defeating Agua Fria 6 – 3 in last Thursday’s play-in game, the No. 12-seeded Queen Creek girls’ soccer team will travel to Tucson to battle No. 5 Cienega in the first round of the 2018 AIA 5A State Championship Tournament.

Result:  The Bulldogs pulled the popular 12-5 upset with a 1 – 0 victory in Tucson. Sophomore forward Sophia Serna scored the game’s the lone goal to send Queen Creek to the second-round of the state playoffs, where it will face No. 4 Arcadia on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. “I think it was our best game all season,” Serna said in a text message to CountyLinePreps.com “The whole team was on the same page and we all had the right mentality because we knew what had to be done.”