In-state prospects thrive in postseason

A number of in-state Arizona basketball recruits are having good runs in the Arizona state playoffs. We take a look at how Brendan Lavender, Terrell Stoglin and others are doing.

Santa Rita 77, Phoenix Greenway 64

Terrell Stoglin may get all the recruiting headlines, but senior center Darnell Shumpert stole the show. The 6-8 Shumpert scored 30 points, had 12 rebounds and blocked seven shots.

Stoglin did not shoot well but still scored 18 points. That is more impressive since he scored five in the first half.

Stoglin is a 2010 point guard prospect who is still attracting attention. He has said in the past that he grew up rooting for the Wildcats but also like Georgetown and UNC.

The normally up-tempo Eagles actually slowed things down a bit to get the win. They used a 21-3 run over the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half to get the win.

With the win the Eagles advance to the state title game.

Mesa Mountain View 68, Gilbert 53

Don't count out the Toros. They were seeded 15th but traveled to Gilbert and pulled off the upset. Arizona bound Brendan Lavender scored 20 points in the win from the two-time defending state champs.

They were not the only team to pull an upset. Four other lower seeded teams pulled off upsets, including #16 Chandler upsetting #1 Highland.

Lavender's performance is even more impressive considering he suffered a nasty cut to his elbow last week when he collided with another player's teeth. Lavender scored 15 of his 20 in the second half.

The Toros used a huge third quarter to get the win. They were 8-11 from the field and outscored Gilbert 20-8.

They tried to run down the clock in the fourth quarter but still made 5-6 shots.

Phoenix North 81, Mountain View 54

2010 prospect Daniel Bejarano scored 30 points to lead the Mustangs into the second round of the 5A state playoffs.

He was 12-22 from the field and made five three pointers. The 6-5 Bejarano also had 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

North opened the game on a 24-7 run and cruised the rest of the way.


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