Deer Valley pulls off last-second win to reach 4A basketball final

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

It’s going to be Glendale Deer Valley against Peoria for the third time this season when the rivals meet Thursday at 8 p.m. at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the 4A boys basketball championship.

Deer Valley needed a last-second layup by Travis Vasquez to beat host Gilbert Mesquite 67-66 on Monday night in a semifinal game that was moved from Saturday.

Vasquez’s last-second basketball was set up when coach Jed Dunn substituted before the second free throw, inserting Eric Perkins with 4.2 seconds left.

On the missed free throw, Perkins grabbed the rebound and finished the play by getting the ball to Vasquez, who went length of the court for the game-winning layup at the buzzer.

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