DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

XCP hoops defeats Desert Vista in tourney

Xavier Prep's basketball team continued its unbeaten ways with a 55-46 victory over Phoenix Desert Vista in Wednesday's (Dec. 28) second round of the Red Mountain Holiday Classic at Red Mountain High in east Mesa.
The Gators (12-0) held a narrow two-point lead at halftime, but turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter, outscoring the Thunder 17-9.
Xavier defeated the Loyola (Ill.) Academy 51-49 in Tuesday's (Dec. 27) first round.

Xavier moves on to play Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo, Calif., in the third round on Thursday (Dec. 29) at 11 a.m. The Gators also will play on Friday (Dec. 30) against an opponent that has not yet been determined.

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