Las Vegas forward Ray Smith’s recruiting stock has soared this season with the 6-7 junior currently ranked No. 36 nationally for the Class of 2015 by ESPN.com.
Thursday night he showed why.
Smith scored 30 points, including a key turnaround jumper with 1:13 left that gave the Wildcats the lead for good, as Las Vegas defeated Foothill, 81-76, in the Sunrise Region semifinals at Green Valley High School.
Las Vegas (22-6), which reached the region final for the first time since 2002, will face defending champion Canyon Springs (23-4), a 99-82 winner over Valley, in Friday night’s championship game at 7 p.m. at Green Valley.
Smith, who was 11-of-15 from the floor, also grabbed 12 rebounds.
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Patrick Savoy had 16 points and 10 rebounds while point guard Devon Colley added 15 points and six assists for the Wildcats, who also got a big game from 6-6 sophomore forward Tyler Bey (14 points, six blocks).
Austin Starr had 17 points to lead Foothill.
Jordan Davis had 23 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and UTEP-commit Shaquille Carr had 26 points and six assists to help lead Canyon Springs (23-4) back into the Sunrise title game.
Spencer Mathis scored 21 points, Gerard Harden finished with 19 points and nine rebounds and Cameron Burton added 18 points for Valley (22-7).
The winner of tonight’s Las Vegas-Canyon Springs game will earn a berth to the NIAA State Division I championship beginning Thursday at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno.
MyLVsports.com staff report