Xavier Prep’s basketball team will have these next two weeks over the holidays to sit back and reflect on what occurred in the Nike Tournament of Champions and take steps toward improvement.
The Gators won their first game of the tournament, held in south Phoenix and the east Valley, but then lost three in a row and saw their overall record dip to 9-4.
The last two came on Monday (Dec. 21) and Tuesday (Dec. 22).
Both games were close. Xavier had fallen into the loser’s bracket of the Gold Division after a loss on Saturday (Dec. 19) to Huntington Beach, Calif.
XCP then took Cherry Creek, Colo. (Greenwood Village) to overtime on Monday, and Cherry Creek came away with a 71-65 victory.
That set up a seventh-place game on Tuesday against Lutheran High of Colorado (Parker), and Lutheran earned a 56-52 win, holding off a furious rally by the Gators.
XCP returns to action on Jan. 4, facing Anthem Boulder Creek in a 6:15 p.m. game that will be played at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix. The arena is home to the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.