Thatcher faces Marana in quarterfinals of White Mountain tourney

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: The Thatcher Eagles have advanced to the quarterfinals of the White Mountain Holiday Classic Boys Basketball Tournament and will face the Marana Tigers at 6 p.m. Pictured is Thatcher’s Brandon Napier driving on Pima’s Leland Thompson during the EAC Boys Basketball Tournament.

Watch the game on Livestream link in the article

By Jon Johnson

LAKESIDE – The Thatcher Eagles (9-0) will battle 5A Marana (8-5) in the quarterfinals of the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical 21st annual White Mountain Holiday Classic Boys Basketball Tournament on Wednesday night.

The teams will play in the main gym starting at 6 p.m. and will be Livestreamed by iTalk 106.7 Sports Radio. Watch the Livestream on YouTube here.

Thatcher versus Marana via iTalk 106.7 Sports Radio

On Wednesday, the Eagles blew out 4A Walden Grove 73-42 to move onward in the tournament. 

The Eagles previously defeated 2A Valley (Sanders) 64-30 in the opening game Tuesday, and then outlasted 5A Gila Ridge (8-5) 80-78 in triple overtime that night.

Marana (8-5) defeated St. Johns 81-31 in an early game Wednesday. Marana also beat Ganado 73-23 in its opening game and Show Low 72-53 in its second game on Tuesday.   

Morenci (5-4) fell to ALA Gilbert in the opening game 38-62, and then defeated Walden Grove 73-72.

The Wildcats fell to Gila Ridge in the 9 a.m. game on Wednesday 43-68.

Morenci will next play Ganado on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.