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Down 18 points in second half, Foothill rallies past Valley

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Foothill basketball player Brannon Cresanto.

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The Foothill High basketball team erased an 18-point third quarter deficit Tuesday in rallying for a 68-66 victory against visiting Valley in the Sunrise Regional quarterfinals.

The Falcons trailed by 11 points at the start of the fourth quarter, but caught fire just in time to extend their season. They’ll play regional-favorite Canyon Springs in the Sunrise semifinals, but could have an advantage because they are the host school for the final two rounds of the tournament.

“Hopefully, that is an advantage for us,” Foothill coach Kevin Soares said. “It’s going to be nice because the crowd will be there for us and it is our rims.”

Foothill only trailed Valley by six points at halftime, but opened the second half with consecutive turnovers in letting the game get away. Within the span of a few minutes, the manageable halftime deficit was 18 points.

“We kind of got into a funk there to start the quarter,” Soares said. “We just kept crawling back. We wanted to only trail by 10 at the start of the fourth quarter and we were down 11.”

Brannon Cresanto led Foothill with 16 points and Greg Cox had 15.

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