Bejarano Shakes Off Injury, Pours in 31 Pts

On Monday night at the Desert Duel Memorial Daniel Bejarano and the Arizona Stars fell to Beach Ball Select 89-87. Nonetheless, the blue chip shooting guard played arguably his best game in the July tournament circuit, after suffering an elbow injury earlier in the day. Devils Digest was on hand to observe the exploits of ASU's most coveted 2010 class prospect.

The Phoenix North High shooting guard started the game on fire. After missing his first shot, a three-point attempt, Daniel Bejarano proceeded to make seven consecutive baskets, including back-to-back shots beyond the arc and had 16 points in roughly the first seven minutes of play. Beach Ball Select, one of the premier squads in this tournament, wisely switched to a box-and-one defense, which slowed down the guard on offense.

However, the beauty of a player like Bejarano is that his athleticism and basketball smarts can fill up a stat sheet in a hurry, even if the opponent clamps down defensively. The guard who once again had to battle much taller players in the paint, had over ten rebounds in the contest. He added approximately four blocks and four assists. During one sequence Bejarano blocked a shot and proceeded to pass the ball nearly the length of the court to a teammate for an easy lay-up.

Bejarano played with his usual reckless abandon, diving for loose balls, skiing high for an alley-oop, and shooting three-pointers while falling backwards. He did show that he's human, by missing a breakaway lay-up, but the blemishes of his game (tends to dribble too high as well) are few and far in between.

The guard's last three baskets of the game were made from downtown, and some of those shots had an incredible arc to them. Yet, when the Stars had a chance to tie the game in the waning moments, Bejarano's teammates were unable to deliver him the ball to take the shot.

Bejarano converted 11-21 of his shots, including 5-9 from three-point land. He was also 2-4 from the charity stripe.

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