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Perry complete comeback, three-peat as State Champs

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After trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, the Perry Pumas came back and defeated the Millennium Tigers 71-67. They are officially the 2024 Boys Basketball Open State Champions and have won their third straight title.

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Millennium began the game on fire and led for almost the entirety of the first half. However, driven by five-star recruit Koa Peat, Perry climbed back.

As Perry took the lead entering fourth-quarter play, Millennium kept it close but could not do enough down the stretch.

The Pumas (25-6) have won their third straight championship. They won the 6A title in 2021 before the open bracket was introduced and have since brought home each of the state’s two state championships.

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Head coach Sam Duane was hired by Perry in 2016 after his dominant tenure at Corona del Sol. Duane has a history of winning titles and that has continued for the last three years.

Peat has now helped lead the team to a championship in each of his three high school seasons.


Tigers fall short

Despite giving up such a big lead and losing the biggest game of the season, the Tigers (25-6) should be proud of their season.

Millennium had an opportunity to win its first state title since the 2007-08 season. Yet, Perry’s experience and camaraderie as a team proved to be overwhelming.

Millennium headed to Open State Championship after convincing victory

This is something that head coach Ty Amundsen and his team can build on going forward. There is no doubt that they have been one of the most dominant teams in the state all season long.

We have not seen the last of Millennium.


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

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