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Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 10:55 pm | Updated: 3:24 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Mesa boys basketball team finished up a productive week on Friday.

Heading into the season, the Jackrabbits made two goals: Win the 5A Fiesta region, and finish as the No. 1 seed heading into the state tournament.

A win over Chandler on Tuesday wrapped up the region title, and Friday’s 76-67 win over Hamilton likely secured the top seed.

Mesa finished 17-1 in power point games and should stay slightly ahead of Mountain View, which went 16-2 but played a tougher schedule.

The Jackrabbits were considered one of the preseason favorites to win the state title, and their regular season play has done nothing to change that. Back then, Burcar didn’t want the team to look too far ahead, but with the postseason on the horizon, new goals can be added.

“Now we can talk about our other goals tomorrow,” Burcar said.

Jahii Carson led the way against the Huskies, scoring 23 points and dishing out five assists. Burcar said the lightning-quick junior is on pace to set the all-time scoring and assist records at Mesa. Carson is committed to Oregon State, and its coach, Craig Robinson, was on hand to see the performance.

“There’s no doubt,” Carson will break the records, Burcar said. “Knock on wood.”

Mesa led by nine points with 3:31 left in the third quarter, but Hamilton went on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to two points.

Mesa’s lead was just three as time wound down in the quarter, but Danny Powell hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left to lift the lead to six.

He also hit a 3 to start the third.

“Those were two big 3’s,” Burcar said.

Hamilton did not get closer than six points in the fourth quarter.

The Jackrabbits (22-4, 9-1) escaped with a one-point overtime victory at Hamilton earlier this season, but controlled this one from start to finish. Hamilton’s only lead was 4-2, and it was only within one possession for 33 seconds of the second half.

All five Mesa starters finished in double figures. Jerry Harville had 16 points to lead Hamilton.

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Contact writer: (480) 898-6834 or kodegard@evtrib.com

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