Boys Basketball: The Final Game of The Season

Drew Boyd

The Hamilton Varsity Basketball team has had an incredible playoff run that all comes down to this. Hamilton versus Perry; one game to decide who the champion of the 6A bracket is. 

Hamilton has made an impressive run to get to the championship. They had to win a play-in game to get into the tournament, but handled the Cibola Raiders with ease. The final score of this game was 68-31. Hamilton cruised into the playoffs with this win, but their first matchup was not as easy. The Huskies played the Mesa Jackrabbits in the second round. Hamilton won again, but only by eight, and the final score was 45-37. The third game of their playoff run was against number one ranked school Sunnyslope. Hamilton battled all night to win the game by three points and ended 43-40. Hamilton had all the momentum going into the last game before the championship. The adrenaline was coursing through their veins. Quincy Adams, who has been the star all season, pulled through when it mattered. He forced overtime and earned them the win in the end. When the final whistle blew, spirits hailing from the Boulder Creek sideline were crushed. The final score was 61-55 in Husky favor. Adams had 22 points and Daimon Denning had 19.

These games only set the stage for the final game of the season. Hamilton  faces one of the toughest teams they have played. In the regular season, this Perry team,filled with stardom, handed Hamilton two losses out of the two times these teams played. Hamilton got blown out the first time, but in the second game they won two points. This sudden change of results is due to Perry missing former Gatorade Player of the Year, Dylan Anderson. The Huskies faceoff against Perry’s 6’8 number one ranked freshman Koa Peat, 6’10 Cody Williams and 7’1 Gatorade Player of the Year Dylan Anderson. 

The game has concluded and Hamilton fell short of the championship trophy. The final score was 48-38. However,this was the first Hamilton boys basketball team to make a state championship in the history of the Huskies. Daimon Denning also earned Defensive Player of the Year in Arizona. Adams made first team all region and first team all premier. Denning made second team all premier and second team all region. Runners up were the Huskies’ Jalen Lee and Aaron Foote. 

Good luck to all the seniors that will be moving on to college not just in basketball, but in life.