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The Grind Session: Dream City Christian Defeats Utah Prep

The Dream City Christian National team defeated Utah Prep 72-69 in The Grind Session’s second day of three in Arizona.

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Dream City Comes Out On Top

After a packed day of games at Dream City High School in Glendale, it ended with a nail-biter between Dream City Christian and Utah Prep.

After leading by up to 17 points in the first half, Dream City allowed Utah to climb back and even lead with under a minute to go in the fourth.

However, sophomore and nationally-ranked guard Ikenna Alozie hit two clutch free throws for Dream City putting them up 70-69.

Utah Prep’s JJ Mandaquit then went up for a floater and missed. Many in the building believed he was clearly fouled on the play.

Player Of The Game

The Player of the Game was given to junior forward Alejandro Aviles.

Aviles put up 15 points and seven rebounds, as he was crucial to the team’s victory on Saturday.

He is currently the No. 4 ranked player in the entire state from the class of 2025, according to 247Sports.

Day Three

With the first two days wrapped up, it is now time to focus on the final day of The Grind Session in Phoenix.

While Dream City boys basketball will not be playing and finish their tenure in the state as 1-1, there are some key matchups to look out for.

Bella Vista Prep proved what they could do with Friday’s victory against Dream City. Arizona Compass and Bella Vista Prep Girls team each defeated Dream City and face off in the final game of the day.


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Saleh Awwad is a reporter/writer covering Phoenix High School Sports and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @SalehAwwad_

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