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VX Roundup 1/6: Mesa soccer finally gets OT win; Highland hoops upsets Basha

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Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 12:47 pm | Updated: 1:09 pm, Sat Jan 7, 2012.

Before Friday night, the Mesa boys soccer team had played in four overtime matches this season and lost everyone of them.

The fifth time was the charm, though, as the Jackrabbits defeated visiting Westwood, 1-0, beating the Warriors 9-8 in penalty kicks.

The Jackrabbits' Julio Perez scored what ended up being the difference in the game as Westwood (1-4) had the final shot but missed.

Jose Jimenez recorded six saves for Mesa (5-7, 1-4), which had lost its last two matches decided by penalty kicks.

Boys Basketball

Brandon Duenes had 17 points, while teammate Jake Toolson added 13 points and nine rebounds to help the Highland boys basketball team upset Basha, 61-58.

The Hawks led most the way before the Bears made a run in the fourth quarter. Duenes and Toolson answered the call, though, hitting five of six free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

Gilbert and Red Mountain battled back and forth all night, but Red Mountain held on in the end, defeating the Tigers, 57-56.

Justin Park led the Lions with 17 points, while teammate Logan Larsen chipped in with 15. Gilbert's Erik Crawford led all scorers with 17 as the Tigers (9-5) hit a 3-pointer as the game came to an end.

McClintock's Ben Cuevas scored 32 points, but it wasn't enough as visiting Tempe knocked off the Chargers, 72-62, to give Tempe its 10th win in a row.

Nyial Watson led the way for the Buffaloes, scoring 16 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. He got some help from James Carrethers who scored 15, Dequan Hughes had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Oscar Lopez did his part , collecting eight assists.

Tempe improved their record to 13-4 overall, 6-2 in Division II, Section III.

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