I'm sure you've read the game summaries in the papers, but here's some stuff you might not have known about last night's games. So, in completely random order, with no rhyme nor reason, here goes:
started four guards against Mesa. You woulda thought Mesa would try to
immediately go inside against the Broncos. No, the Jackrabbits were
content to run and gun in the first half, and go inside with limited success
in the 2nd.
Mesa simply had more talent and pulled away down the
stretch for a 66-60 win.
Lee Cummard was pretty much shackled (12
pts.). His shot was off and he couldn't get a look inside either.
and Matt Komenda were the big contributors for Mesa. Komenda was a
beast down low.
For Brophy, Mike Strittmater, Kevin Schneider, and Billy
Robb all shined. For being only 6'1," senior forward Robb gets more
out of his body than most any other player. He more than held his own
against the taller ‘Rabbits. And Strittmater was an absolute warrior
in the paint……..relentless. Schneider had the best luck of anyone
shooting from outside.
Brophy's Jake Lewis, the 6'6" senior forward, did
not start the game due to a bad ankle injury suffered in the victory over
Dobson. Lewis made an appearance in the 2nd half but was
ineffective. Had Lewis been at full strength, Brophy might've
$ It was great to see former Phoenix Suns Alvin Adams and Jeff
Hornacek sitting together at the Brophy/Mesa game. I'm sure they spent
at least a few moments reminiscing memories of the "Madhouse on
$ The most notable attendee of the evening was Don
Logan, the Scottsdale city employee who was the target of the bomb attack
last week. Logan, an A.I.A. official, made a subtle entrée and sat
just behind the scorer's table with a full bandage on his lower right
arm. He was released from the hospital Monday.
All night, his
friends and colleagues stopped by to wish him well.
Logan is the Director
of Diversity Programs for the City of Scottsdale. (I think I have that
title right.) I hope his attendance in some way sends a message to all
the sick souls out there that think they can cowardly keep the world from
With the spiritual strength of men like Logan, our world
may someday be free of hatred.
$ I haven't been in Veteran's
Memorial Coliseum in at least 12 years. The building is old and
The concourse is narrow. The bathrooms are few, as
well as the refreshment stands.
I suppose it's a decent place to hold
high school playoffs because of the expansive seating.
Damn, I just
don't know what else to say about the dump. Whoever owns it, has
really let it go to pot.
$ Brophy's students are amazing. The
red-clad group must've numbered 500 strong or more. They were noisy and tremendously
supportive of their Bronco team.
Former star basketball player and
'99 Bronco grad Mike Schwertley exclaimed, "The whole student body is
I haven't seen a student section with that kind of numbers all
$ All four teams struggled with their outside
shooting. There was nothing for the players to focus their depth
perception on beyond the rear of the backboards. No backdrop, just
endless space. The only thing I can compare the environment with from a
player's perspective is NAU's Skydome, which also has endless space behind
Desert Vista's coach Doug Harris took all ten minutes of his
halftime allotment speaking with his team and left them no time to warm
up. It was a smart move because unless you could spend hours of
shooting practice inside the Coliseum you aren't going to master the depth
The only success shooting 3-pointers came from the
corners where shooters saw the sideline seating behind.
Arena is tricky for shooters but the purple seating all around provides for
a decent baskground.
Mesa Mtn. View was most affected by the Coliseum as
they rely on the 3-pointer more than the other teams do. The Toros
suffered an atrocious shooting night.
$ Travis Gabbidon won the
game for Desert Vista. Gabby did EVERYTHING. He brought the ball
up the court and started the offense. Then he went down to the blocks
where he punished Mtn. View inside.
Travis played great defense.
Travis rebounded with a vengeance. Travis came up with loose
balls. Travis shot free throws. Travis was focused and made sure
his teammates were too. Travis sold hot dogs at the refreshment
Travis Gabbidon is a money man!
$ Xavier Kilby again put on a stellar performance defensively. Kilby is the best defensive big man in the state. He may
not have the leaping skills of a Morrison or a Hill, but he is one savvy
hombre' when it comes to knowing where to position himself relative to his
Kilby get 2-3 steals a game with his quick feet and
long arms. He is perhaps the most intimidating AZ high school
$ Dutch Perryman, the junior Thunder guard, was puking
his guts out at Monday's practice. Then he went home and barfed
all night long. Sicker than a dog, he went to school Tuesday so he
could play in the game……….and play he did.
Perryman hit a monster
3-pointer late in the 4th, then, iced the game with two free
$ Chris Gray continued with his offensive production and
carried the Thunder in the 1st period until Gabbidon took control in the
2nd. Gray has been the one of the cornerstones of the Thunder's
$ Johnny Pinto came up with another solid
effort cleaning the glass. He
made sure the Toros only got one
shot. Josh Jolin played a clutch game all-around but his two free
throws late in the game were nails in the coffin.
$ Max Hall
and Tyler Molesworth provided the bulk of Mtn. View's scoring. Brendan
McGowan played a heady floor game. Eric Bossom did a workmanlike job
The team as a whole though, struggled with their shooting.
That was the game.
Mtn. View had an incredible season playing in
coach Gary Ernst's proven system. Great effort, outstanding defense
every night out. Had this game been played anywhere else and the Toros
been able to shoot more effectively from outside, they could've beaten the
With the exception of maybe David Burrows, the Toros don't have
any real basketball players. By this I mean players who'll likely
advance to the next level.
So, all in all, the team made it as far as
they could. Congrats on a fine
Brophy 18 10
19 13 --- 60
Mesa 13 12 22 19
BROPHY- Strittmatter 18, K. Schneider 17, Panagiotakopoulous8,
Westfall 7, D. Schneider 6,
MESA- Hatch 19, Komenda 16, Cummard 12,
LeBaron 10, Crowell 9
10 6 8 15 --- 39
Vista 9 8
12 18 --- 47
DESERT VISTA - Gabbidon 19, Perryman 8, Gray 7, Kilby
5, Jolin 4, Pinto 4
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Molesworth 10, Hall 10, Burrows 6, Bossom
5, Smith 5, McGowan 3
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