Mesa Continues To Roll

In what was a potential upset, turned into a tune-up for Mesa...

Many were expecting Tuesday nights match-up against the #2 Mesa Jackrabbits(11-2) and the #7 ranked Mountain Ridge Mountain Lions(9-3) to be a close contest, including myself.  With the Jackrabbits preparing for Friday nights game against  #1 ranked Mountain View, some were thinking that they may takethe Lions lightly on their home court.   This was the game that the Lions needed to make a statement and show that they can compete with the better teams in the valley.   Well, I guess they are saving that statement for another day (or year) as they got rolled 55-36.

This was not a game for the film archive, as a matter of fact, everyone should destroy any proof that this game was even played.  It was ugly except for the first three minutes of the game for Mt. Ridge.  The Lions began the game with three quick buckets, one, a three point bomb by junior Adam Wood and the Lions found themselves up 7-1 minutes into the game.  Mesa's Lee Cummard was held scoreless in the first as he sat through half the perioddue to picking up a pair of quick fouls.  The Lions found themselves on top 11-9 after the first 8 minutes but the wheels were about to fall off.

The second period and entire second half for the Lions was as close to a nightmare as they could have gotten.  The quickness of Mesa on defense was to much for the Mt. Ridge guards to handle.  I have seen senior point guard JD Bittl have great games, but this was not one of them.  His attempts to drive the lane more often resulted in either a turnover or an errant shot attempt.  I was surprised to see him continue to try and penetrate inside against a much larger, fundamentally sound team.  On this night it did not work as Bittl finished the game with only 6 points.  Senior guard Robert Quaintance did a nice job spite his teams overall performance.  Quaintance is exciting to watch with his quick head fakes and spot pull up jumpers. He accounted for all of his teams third quarter points (9) and was the games leading scorer with 15 points. 

From the beginning of the second period until the final buzzer, the game basically belonged to the Jackrabbits.  It was a total team effort in getting this one into the win column with the hustling on defense to the scoring distribution.  I'm sure that all members of the team are not happy with their respective performances but when something needed to get done, someone would step up and get it done.  Lee Cummard finished with 14 point but had three miss dunk attempts with the outcomes surprising him as much as the folks in the stands.  Not his best performance but everyone has an off day from time to time.  Juniors Matt Komenda and Graham Hatch each had 10 points but their main contributions came on defense as well as the boards.

To knock of Mountain View Friday night, Mesa will need an overall better showing than that which was on display last night.  I believe you will see a new #1 come Monday morning, but as for this game, a dose of amnesia should do the trick.



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