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Remnants of Arizona high school Thanskgiving basketball tournaments

This week’s Arizona High School Thanksgiving basketball tournaments provided a glimpse of what lies ahead this season as the shot clock took center stage and star players emerged.

Biggest Snack

As announced, Gilbert Perry is a top-25 team in the nation that will find few if any challenges this season. Perhaps next Tuesday’s game at Peoria Liberty will be the test the defending 6A state champions Pumas will need. The first few days of Gilbert’s Welcome to the Jungle tournament showcased the devastating one-two that 6-foot-8 sophomore Koa Peat and 6-8 senior Cody Williams can throw at teams. They quickly defeated Mesa Eastmark and easily won 85-31 as Peat scored 17 points in the first half. Coach Sam Duane Jr. emptied the bench after a few minutes in the second half. Perry then sprinted out to an 18-0 lead after a quarter on Tuesday, then scored 26 points in the second quarter and 23 in the third in a 77-21 loss to Mesa Desert Ridge. On Wednesday, the Pumas swept past Tempe Corona del Sol 82-27, Williams had 23 points and six assists, Peat had 15 points and seven rebounds and guard Barron Silsby had 13 points. They were supposed to finish the show on Friday at 5pm against Queen Creek Casteel.

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