A 64-47 win over the Holbrook Roadrunners has propelled the Payson Longhorns into the second round of the 3A Arizona State Basketball Tournament.
The Horns victory against Runners was chalked up Tuesday at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Holbrook, a North region school, entered the state tournament as a No. 14 seed. Payson advanced as the East region champion and a No. 3 seed. In the state quarterfinals, Payson will play Chino Valley at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, in Walkup Skydome at NAU.
A victory over Chino would earn the Horns a berth into the final four to be played at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale. Chino advanced to the second round with a convincing 74-25 win over two time defending state champion Fountain Hills. With the completion of the first round of the tournament, eight teams remain in the hunt for the title.