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Cameron Romance goes in for an easy layup early in the first half, right after he stole the ball from a Mogollon Mustang player and raced to the basket for two points.

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Horns face crucial showdown tonight

Payson High School first-year basketball coach Joe Sanchez, also a former Longhorn player, loves home cookin’. And he’s hoping for a healthy plate of it this evening, Jan. 31, in Wilson Dome where his Horn hardwooders play host to Fountain Hills in what could be both teams’ most crucial game of the season. The home cookin’ Sanchez is hoping will be dished up is an overflowing crowd of PHS fans to show up and cheer the team’s every move, providing the support all teenage athletes thrive on. The game is particularly significant in Division III hoops, Sanchez said, “Because they are ranked in the top five in power points and we continue to move up. We lost to them (on Dec. 20) by two points at their place.” A key to a Payson victory this evening could be slowing the Falcons’ 6-foot, 3-inch junior swingman Matt Fisher, who turned in what has been his finest performance of the season in the first meeting of the two teams — scoring 25 points. If the Payson defense can stop Fisher from going off like that again and also limit their own turnovers, the Horns could be enjoying an upset and a big boost in power points.

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