Metro Region Roundup

Region play tips off tonight...


    By Zach Rosenthal


    Last year, North went 10-0 in the Metro Region with one senior.  They lost to Camelback in the Metro Championship game, and lost to Paradise Valley in the first round of the playoffs.  Camelback had a chance to beat eventual state champion Gilbert in the quarterfinals, but Eric Anderson missed a free-throw in the final seconds that would've tied it.  South Mountain had a chance to upend a Shadow Mountain team that beat them by 45 earlier in the year, but with five seconds left, Race Brown hit a game-winning shot to end the Jaguar's season.

    So what is to happen this year?  Well, let's have a look at each team in the order of how they finished in conference play.

  1.  North went 10-0 again in conference play for the second consecutive year.  The Mustangs will host the Metro championship game on Friday.  They have also secured home-court for the first round of the playoffs. 

  2. Camelback was impressive this season going 7-3 in conference play.  James McCaskill and Tyreece Johnson are two returning starters from last year's team that went to the quarterfinals.  Their experience will be put to the test on Tuesday night as the Spartans take on the South Mountain Jaguars.

  3.  Carl Hayden ended the conference season on a four game winning streak.  The Falcons are lead by their lethal backcourt of Darnell Terry and Roy McLemore, who combined for 50 of their team's 74 in a win over South Mountain.

  4.  Quite the contrary can be said about Cesar Chavez.  The Champions lost three of their last four.  That ultimately cost them home-court for the first round of the tournament.  They have to go to Carl Hayden and play a red-hot Falcon team.

  5. South Mountain was able to sneak into the tournament with a tiebreaker win over Central in a playoff.  Raymond Stewart, Michael Johnson, and Markel Darby are starting to rise to the occasion for the Jaguars.  Many people say that it is tough to beat a team three times in a season.  Tuesday night, we will see how Camelback does against the Jaguars as they go for a tri-fecta.

  6. Central was the odd team out this season.  The Bobcats are losing only one senior in Derek Minter, but he happens to be Central's leading scorer. 

    The table has been set.  Now all we can do is sit back and wait for the games to be played.  Just one victory in the first round will secure a birth in the state tournament. 


South Mountain at Camelback- Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.  4612 N. 28 St.

Cesar Chavez at Carl Hayden- Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.   3333 W. Roosevelt 


-Zach Rosenthal

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