Carl Hayden boys basketball forfeitures affect E.V. teams
The Carl Hayden boys basketball team has forfeited its first four wins of the season after using an ineligible player, Arizona Interscholastic Association Director of Business Media Brian Bolitho confirmed in an email.
The Falcons used the player in their first five games before discovering his ineligibility. They forfeited wins against Camelback, Alhambra, St. Mary’s and Westwind Prep. Carl Hayden lost to Cesar Chavez during that stretch, and that game’s outcome will remain the same.
Carl Hayden was 27th in power points with a 7-4 record. However, the forfeits will now be erased from the power point formula, dropping the Falcons to 3-4. The change has not yet been reflected in the standings, but Carl Hayden figures to move down once they are added.
St. Mary’s is 4-7 in power point games and will improve to 4-6 when the Carl Hayden loss is removed. The Knights are currently at No. 43 in the power rankings and will still need a great finish to have a shot at the tournament.
The forfeits help Mountain Pointe, which is currently No. 28, one spot below the Falcons. The Pride should move up a spot as Carl Hayden falls. Twelve teams earn automatic playoff bids and the next 12 highest in power points get in, so Mountain Pointe could be right on that bubble.
Looking at more of the big picture, it will now be extremely tough for Carl Hayden to make the state tournament, and it is the type of team no one wanted to see in the first round. The Falcons were 14-5 on the season before the forfeits, ranked No. 8 in the Tribune’s latest top-10, and handed Cesar Chavez its only loss of the year. Three power points losses by four points or fewer had Carl Hayden on the bubble, but it has a dangerous squad which could have given higher-seeded opponents trouble.
Now, barring a spectacular finish, the Falcons will miss the Section I tournament and the playoffs.