Posted On: 01/18/18 10:48 PM
The Champions travel to the East Valley having won 9 of their last 10 (with the only loss coming on a made half court desperation shot) and are 6-0 in section play. Freshmen Ty-Ty Washington and Ricardo Sarmiento lead the charge. The Pride might be the hottest team in the Valley as winners of 15 straight and having only lost 1 game by 1 point all season. The Backcourt of Khalid Price (Jr. 13.9ppg) and Amarion Cash (6’3” Sr. 15.3ppg) provide scoring and defense while Junior Jalen Graham (6’9” 11.1ppg) anchors them in the middle.
Ricardo Sarmiento opened the game on fire scoring the first 5 points for the Champions while the Pride looked to establish their inside game with their height advantage. Isaac Williams was the story in the first half for the Champions contending with the 6’7 DeAndre Hopkins and 6’9” Jalen Graham on the front line. The first half ended up knotted at 34 all.
The 2nd half was filled with excitement as both teams fought back-and-forth exchanging leads. The drama was full tilt as the game was tied at 60 with 2 minutes to go in the 4th. Ultimately Jalen Graham made two great plays with 20 seconds left getting a put-back on one end and then picking up a loose ball (on a questionable “no call”) and going coast-to-coast for a layup to seal the victory 66-62!
6th man: Isaac Williams(Chavez)- the big man (and sometime starter) came off the bench and did a great job finishing inside and rebounding against the equally sizeable frontline of Mountain Pointe. Was arguably the best Post player on the evening.
Shooter: Khalid Price– knocked down four 3’s in the game. Almost automatic on an open look when his feet are set.
Best Athlete: Amarion Cash (MP)- 6’3 long athletic lefty swingman uses his long stride to get to the basket. Has improved his jump shot and loves the corner 3.
Best rebounder: Jalen Graham (MP)- at 6’9” with the wingspan of a 7-footer he can stand flat footed, reach up and grab the rim. The Pride big man does a good job of fighting for position and finishing put backs which contributes a great deal to his double-digit scoring average.
Most Potential: Ricardo Sarmiento and Ty-Ty Washington (Chavez)- says a lot for a division 1 school (6A) to have a starting backcourt of two freshmen. Both play with a lot of poise and can score the ball.
Honorable Mention: DeAndre Hopkins (MP)- The 6’7” center could’ve been added to the “most potential” category based on class (Soph). has a bright future as a main “cog in the wheel” for the Pride. Rebounds and catches well, has decent footwork and plays strong. Will need to add a face up game to his arsenal.
Iron Man: (Selah Thomas)- The 6’3” Senior has some bounce and is a rugged wing player.