Camelback Passes South Mountain's Test

Coming off of an embarrassing 27 point loss to North, the South Mountain Jaguars...

Phoenix, AZ- Coming off of an embarrassing 27 point loss to North, the South Mountain Jaguars began the first of a three game road trip as they took on the Camelback Spartans on Friday night.  The Spartans were fresh off of a victory over Carl Hayden.

    In the first quarter, the Jaguars came out looking like anything but a team that lost to Highland by 60.  They crashed the boards, and made their shots from the field.  Darnell Wade came out and drew all sorts of contact in the low post as the Jaguars led 14-13 after one.

    Clinging to a three point lead in the 2nd quarter, Tyrice Johnson threw up an ally-oop pass to his teammate James McCaskill, and McCaskill threw it down to put his team within one.  That play turned the momentum of the game.

    Camelback, who had lost starter Benny Collins to an appendectomy, got production from the bench in a huge way.  Brandon Seagall and Jon Stuart each had 14, and they provided much needed energy for Brad Pinter's club, who outscored the Jaguars 21-7 in the second quarter.

    South Mountain suffered a huge loss, as junior forward Derrick Cheatham injured his ankle in the second quarter.  The extent of his injury is unknown. 

    McCaskill had an uncharacteristically bad shooting night for the Spartans, held to just nine points.  Johnson had 11 as the Spartans hold off a fourth quarter rally by George Wray's team.  The Spartans won 63-53.

    Despite the win, Camelback (9-8, 3-1) does not gain any ground in the Metro Region due to North's overtime win over Cesar Chavez.  The victory strengthens the Spartan's stranglehold on second place.

    South Mountain (7-13, 1-3) now sits alone in fifth place in the Metro Region, only in front of Carl Hayden.  The Jaguars have a chance to get back on track as they take on the Falcons Tuesday night at Carl Hayden.  


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