Posted On: 01/12/18 9:32 PM
Rematch from a month ago where O’Connor fell to Pinnacle 82-76 at home. The Eagles are looking to avenge a previous 82-76 home loss from a month ago and make a name for themselves in the 6A (big school) division against a loaded Pinnacle squad. TJ Connaker is averaging 22.6ppg for the Eagles while 6’4” Jr. Keaton Rodgers adds 14.5ppg. Pinnacle returns Jr. guard Trent Brown (back injury) to an already loaded roster featuring So. Nico Mannion (6’3” 26.5ppg), Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma QB commit 13.4ppg), Jordan Mains (6’6 Jr. 12.6ppg) and 6’7 Sr. Mason Johnson (11.2ppg). The Pioneers enter the contest on a four game winning streak while the Eagles have won their last two games.
Pinnacle has the most swagger of any team I’ve seen in the 6A division. They have talent at every position and are extremely unselfish in feeding the post and guards finding each other on the perimeter. They began subbing 5 on and off in the 2nd quarter as the Eagles were unable to keep up. In the end there was a running clock in the 4th quarter due to the sizable led that saw both coaches empty their benches as the Pioneers prevailed 71-44
Quickness: TJ Connaker (Sandra)- The senior guard is one of the best players in the city no one’s talking about. Handles the ball extremely well and can get to the rim against anybody as he’s one of the fastest guards in the Valley.
Most Talented: Nico Mannion (Pinnacle)- has several Pac 12 offers already while just a Sophomore. Plays point guard for the Pioneers and skies above the rim for rebounds and dunks. has a nice pull up jumper with range well beyond the high school 3-point line. Thus, proving why he’s the biggest recruit in the state.
Shooter: Trent Brown (Pinnacle)- solid catch-and-shoot guy who missed the first half of the season due to injury.
Most Potential: Tosh Baker (Pinnacle)- The 6’9” Frosh will be the “man in the middle” for years to come. Uses his size extremely well and plays with poise. Has the potential to be an elite prospect with continued development.
Toughness: Chase Morley (Sandra)- plays with a chip on his shoulder and at 5’10 isn’t afraid to mix it up in the paint
IQ: Spencer Rattler (Pinnacle)- already signed to the Oklahoma Sooners as one of the best prep quarterbacks in the nation, he’s also a talented basketball player who can shoot and finish above the rim. Makes great decision by curling when the defender trails and backdoor cuts when his man falls asleep.
Fundamentals: Mason Johnson (Pinnacle)- The 6’7” Forward plays very intelligently in the post using great seals to get defenders out of position and using great post footwork to finish at the rim after receiving dimes from his guards.
Most Intriguing: Jordan Mains (Pinnacle)- very intriguing player. The junior is long and athletic and runs the floor well. Based on all the talent around him he’s not required to do much other than convert on feeds from his teammates but clearly has the ability to do more.
Hybrid: Keaton Rodgers (Sandra)-The 6’4 junior plays a versatile inside/outside game which could be a potential nightmare for opposing teams that might not have the personnel to match up with him. Will need to improve his shooting and ballhandling to potentially play the wing at the next level
Best Hair: Elijah Trice (Sandra)- rocking the popular blowout fro look I wonder sometimes if players feel any wind resistance as they run up court.