The Brophy Broncos stomped the visiting Desert Vista Thunder last night 62-52 in a battle on Central Avenue. Only a 10 point differential but the game was never in doubt for Michael Strittmatter and co.
The Thunder headed into this game with an impressive 4-1 record and fresh off a Championship game appearance in the Salpointe Tip-off Classic. But reality set in as the bigger-stronger Broncos exposed the inexperience and undersized Thunder.
Leading by as much as 20 most of the 2nd half, , Brophy head man Mark Granger emptied the bench with 2+ minutes to go. Desert Vista pressured, trapped and played inspired basketball to bring it back to 9 with 22 ticks left, but not enough for Coach Doug Harris.
Princeton bound 6-8 Michael Strittmatter (Brophy) dominated the glass and ended with 13 caroms (12 defensively) and 14pts. 6-2 PG David Schneider (Brophy-2006) led both teams in scoring with 21pts.
Baseline to Baseline
$ Desert Vista has the ability to pressure for 32 minutes and force an up tempo game. Something they showed in the last 2 minutes. Why not from the beginning? Brophy over the last few years has always had trouble with full court pressure.
$ Brophy's zone defensive stopped DV in their tracks. The "4 out - 1 in" offensive set by the Thunder was stagnant. 1 pass and 4 players would stand around and watch. No ball movement or screens prevented any flow.
$ Strittmatter looks like a man possessed. Thinner and active, he is involved in every play. Can shoot the three, crash the boards, score in traffic and gets to the ball quickly.
$ Brophy soph Justin Johnson 6-4 came off the bench and provided a great spark. Nice shooting touch. This kid will only get better. Is it in the genes?
$ The "Red Army" was out in force last night. They are gaining ground on "The Hecklers" from Shadow Mountain as the best student section in the city.
$ David Schneider had a solid game at the 1 for the Broncos. He has improved at the point and looks to get all his teammates involved. Finished with 21 but had 6 turnovers in the process. A stat that will improve with experience.
$ The Thunder lack roles. The 2 leaders, Johnny Pinto (2005) 6-6 and Julliaan Irvin (2006) 5-9 need to be the go to guys. Other starters need to figure that out or it will be a long season. Pinto needs more touches in the offense, and Irvin needs the ball back after his initial pass. One dish and a 3 make for a long, frustrating winter.
$ Overall Brophy looked in mid-season form, and Desert Vista looked dazed and confused.
$ 2 quick fouls on Irvin hurt the Thunder and allowed Schneider to control the game. Penetrating and creating opportunities for the Broncos
David Schneider. 21pts