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La Joya moves on with 83-68 win over Perry Pumas

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Lobos’ Quincy Smith scores 34 in victory

La Joya boys basketball saved one of its best games of the season for when it mattered most.

The Lobos took care of business in the 6A play-in round Feb. 10 at home over Gilbert Perry, 83-68.

The No. 14 Lobos moved on from the play-in bracket to the state tournament to face No. 3 Phoenix Desert Vista in the first round at 6:30 p.m. today at Desert Vista.

We played really, really well,” La Joya coach Roger Lefebvre said. “It was the best full game we’ve played. We played hard, pressed the snot out of them. We got the lead and spread the heck out of them and they couldn’t do anything.”

Senior guard Quincy Smith had a stellar game, scoring 34 points in the win. Senior Tyrese Stevenson scored 18 points and senior Tre Mitchell added 13.

Quincy played incredible, Tre played incredible,” Lefebvre said. “Tyrese Stevenson had a heck of a game. He really played hard. That was huge for us.”

Lefebvre praised La Joya’s bounce-back ability after getting down early. Perry’s good shooting early put the Lobos down by seven in the early going.

I’ll tell you what … they didn’t miss much,” Lefebvre said. “We got down, [but] we had runs. They didn’t panic. In the past, they could have folded under the pressure of being down seven. It was a game of runs. When they had a run, we met them.”

La Joya moved to 18-5 with the win. Desert Vista went 14-4 in power-points games, and handed No. 1 Tempe Corona del Sol its first loss of the season Feb. 7 in the Thunder’s final regular-season game.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association bracket release didn’t take place until Sunday morning, leaving only two practice days before game day. Lefebvre said it wouldn’t take long from the announcement of La Joya’s opponent before he’d start breaking down film for his team to review Monday.

We’ve got to be ready,” he said. “Basically, I’ll find film right away.”

The winner of today’s game will face the winner between No. 6 Phoenix Brophy and No. 11 Chandler Hamilton. If La Joya wins, it will have to travel to either school regardless of the result by virtue of having the lowest seed.

 

Shane McOwen can be reached at smcowen@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

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