Jahii Carson led No. 2-seed Mesa over Tucson High, 68-60, in the first round of the 5A Division I state tournament on Wednesday night.
Carson led all scorers in the game with 38 points as Mesa led by six at halftime and nine at the end of the third quarter to advance to the second round. Trent Molesworth added 14 points for the Jackrabbits, who will host Mountain Pointe (Carson's former team) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
In the 5A-II tournament opener, Collin Woods scored 22 points as No. 7-seed Horizon held on for a 69-68 win over Tucson Ironwood Ridge in the first round of the 5A Division II boys state basketball tournament Wednesday night.
The Huskies (16-10) led by 13 with 1:13 left in the fourth quarter but the Knight Hawks got back within a point with a few seconds remaining. Horizon inbounded the ball and the clock ran out as the two teams battled for possession.
Jordan Dunatov added 13 points for the Huskies. Tyler D'amore led Ironwood Ridge with 21 points.
Horizon will play at Desert Mountain on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the second round.
In other 5A-II tournament action, No. 2 Desert Mountain had four scorers in double figures as they led from beginning to end in their 72-37 victory versus No. 15 Yuma Cibola in the first round.
Peter Smith (14), Dylan Cocens (12), Austin Cooke (10) and Randy Azuogu (10) helped pace the Wolves' offensive onslaught.
Jordan Mitchell scored 12 points and Paul Mitchell added 11 for the Raiders.
Kevin Bowman scored 23 points to lead No. 1 Pinnacle past Willow Canyon, 71-61.
Dorian Pickens and Drew Bender each scored 14 points for the Pioneers, who host Peoria Tolleson on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the second round.
Justin McAlister nearly recorded a no-hitter, giving up just one hit while striking out nine in six innings pitched as Gilbert defeated Boulder Creek 7-1.
McAlister (1-0) was lights out, turning away every Jaguar hitter until Boulder Creek's Alex Real broke through with a double in the seventh.
Ty Neenan went 2 for 3 with two RBI, while teammate Zach Regier finished 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI for the Tigers (1-0).
Tony Blanford (0-1) took the loss for the Jaguars (0-1).