Hoop Duo Chosen All-Grand Canyon Region

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A pair of Longhorn basketball players have been named to all-region teams in voting by seven Grand Canyon head coaches.

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Donnie Wilbanks

Senior Donnie Wilbanks was chosen second team and junior Brian Schwind tapped honorable mention.

According to coach Mike Loutzenheiser, Wilbanks missed making the first team by a single vote.

Wilbanks' and Schwind's selections to the All-GCR teams was announced at the team's season-ending award festivities March 1 in the PHS cafeteria.

Wilbanks, a three-sport star at PHS, built a reputation as a hard-nosed competitor who used his height -- 6-foot, 3-inches -- to battle inside and go outside to shoot the three-balls.

One of his finest performances during the season came during the Bradshaw Mountain Invitational tournament against a Glendale Apollo team that eventually won the Class 4A state championship. Although the Horns lost 47-39, Wilbanks turned in a banner game with 17 points.

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Brian Schwind

Also in the tournament, Wilbanks scored 16 points in a 56-48 win over Estrella.

Among his senior memories will probably also be his performance Jan. 28 during a 62-53 win over the Chinle Wildcats in Wilson dome.

In front of a vocal crowd of both Horn and Cat fans, Wilbanks hit two three-pointers early in the game that helped erase a Chinle lead. His 15 points, coupled with fellow senior Wellington Cassuto's 16, propelled Payson to perhaps their finest showing of the season.

Battling injuries the entire year, including a knee injury suffered in football, he shot 48.9 percent from the field, 66.7 percent from the line and averaged 10 points per game and seven rebounds.

"He played with a lot of heart all year," Loutzenheiser said. Schwind, a 6-foot, 3-inch forward, known for his versatility and leaping ability, shot 43.3 percent from the field and averaged 7 ppg and 6.2 rebounds.

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