Each week in the Starting Five, 24-7 will take a look at some of the top basketball stories in Arizona. This week we look at high flying Eagles, players to watch and a great 4A game between Pinnacle and Saguaro.
If you like scoring, pop over to see the Sandra Day O'Connor basketball team. Currently, the 13-2 Eagles are posting right at eighty-six points a game. Four times this season, O'Connor has been over the ninety-point mark and even scored over one hundred against South Mountain early in December. The Eagles have five players scoring in double figures led by Curtis Mitchell and Ethan Eshch both of whom are putting up over twenty a game.
A player to watch is senior guard Daryl Shelley of 9-6 Independence. Although undersized at less than 6'0, Shelley can shoot off the dribble, drain it coming off the screen and finish at the rim. Earlier this season, in a loss to Agua Fria, Shelley scored forty. Keep an eye out for this player.
This week sees a great 4A matchup as 11-3 Saguaro takes on 15-3 Pinnacle Friday night. In the game, two of the state's best players will be on the floor as ASU bound Taylor Rohde of Pinnacle will face off against fellow Pac 10 commit Washington State bound Nick Witherill of Saguaro. The 6'9 Rohde could have his way against a Saguaro team that does not go bigger than 6'5 on the roster. Another player to watch, is upstart Pinnacle guard, 5'11 sophomore, Nuno Muandumbo who leads the team in assists and is the second leading scorer behind Rohde.
After a tough outing against Brophy, in which he only hit six points, 6'3 Basha sophomore guard Nick Markovich has found the range averaging twenty-two points a game over the last three games. In the second half of the season, Markovich and fellow sophomore Nick Miller could become a very scary combo.
10-4 Millennium took a hit over break as impressive sophomore guard 6'3 Tyler Cargill did damage to his ACL and meniscus. Tyler, good luck on your recovery.
24-7 is always looking to improve, especially as we begin our foray into high school hoops, so if there is a story or player we are missing please feel free to contact us.