Tim Derksen is gone and it's a "Guards World" now at Amphitheater High School.
Junior guards Yusuf Shehata and Michael Perkins combined to score 28 points after the intermission to rally the Panthers from a double-digit first half deficit and a 55-52 win over visiting Cholla.
For the last four years the Amphi Basketball program has revolved around the talented forward Derksen, whose fine play earned him a scholarship to the University of San Francisco.
Now Perkins and Shehata run the show averaging 16 and 13 points a game respectively.
The Chargers (7-5) controlled this game early behind a swift transition game spearheaded by their guards seniors Julio Duarte and Andres Gomez.
Cholla led 28-18 at the half.
But the Panthers (7-5) turned up the defense in the third quarter and Shehata found his long range game, scoring 14 of his game-high 21 points in the second half.
Amphi used a 12-4 run to close their deficit to one point at the end of three quarters.
Perkins gave the Panthers the lead when he was fouled on a three-point shot and converted the free throw for a four-point play.
The Chargers had a chance to tie the game on the final shot but Shehata prevented Gomez from getting a clean look at the hoop and his errant heave came up empty.
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