The quest for a three-peat continues for Scottsdale Christian.
The two-time defending state champion Eagles advanced to the 2A boys basketball semifinals on Saturday at Phoenix North Canyon High School thanks to a 60-46 win over Tucson Desert Christian.
Scottsdale Christian (22-6) will meet Arizona Lutheran in Monday’s 5:30 p.m. semifinal at Glendale Arena. The Eagles beat Arizona Lutheran in overtime at the 2A Metro Region tournament.
The Eagles got 18 points from leading scorer Kevin Coble, 15 from sophomore Kyle McCutcheon and 10 each from Houston Friend and freshman Bo Barnes.
It was Coble and McCutcheon who helped separate Scottsdale Christian from Desert Christian in the second quarter. Scottsdale Christian led 19-18 after one quarter and then outscored Desert Christian 19-3 in the second quarter.
Offense is expected out of Coble, who has played all five positions for Scottsdale Christian in each of its two state tournament games. Sometimes Scottsdale Christian coach Bob Fredericks isn’t sure what he’ll get out of McCutcheon.
“Consistency is generally a learned skill for sophomores,’’ Fredericks said. “I know that sophomores will ultimately be juniors.”
Leading 38-21 at the half, Scottsdale Christian outscored Desert Christian 10-2 to open the second half and built a 48-25 advantage.
Jovonnie Grossi and J.J. Palmer led Desert Christian with 12 points each.
VALLEY CHRISTIAN 58, SAN CARLOS 26: The Trojans used a smothering defense to eliminate the Braves at Glendale Raymond Kellis High School and earn a spot in Monday’s semifinals. The Trojans’ win made it three 2A Metro Region teams in the semifinals.
Valley Christian will play at 2:30 p.m. on Monday against Kearny Ray, a 69-50 winner over Thatcher on Friday.
Shane Johannsen scored 13 points and Nic Van Weelden had 11 points for Valley Christian (31-1), which is gunning for its first title since 2003 and to tie for the most single-season wins in 2A conference history. Both Valley Christian (in 2002) and Scottsdale Christian (2004) have posted 33 wins in a season.