Posted On: 01/8/18 10:39 PM
Monday matchup of two 4A (D-3) teams. The Demons enter the contest winners of four straight and they’re led by seniors Elijah Childs (6’0” 16.8ppg) and Charles Proby (10.3ppg). The Prospectors are paced by senior guard Evan Quiroz (1st half DNP) with 17.8ppg.
The game started out as a track meet as the Demons press full court and push the ball up court whether on missed or made shots with an offense reminiscent of the coach Mike D’Antoni era Phoenix Suns where they shot the ball in under 7 seconds per possession. The Prospectors took an early lead in the first off of six made free throw resulting from 3 first quarter technical fouls (2 player, 1 bench). However, despite the setbacks the Demons held it together and were only down by two at the end of the first 16-14. The 2nd quarter saw Dysart start to impose their will with their tempo game plan to take a 37-30 lead into halftime.
The 3rd quarter saw the Prospector’s leading scorer Evan Quiroz get his first action of the game and showed immediate dividends as he knocked down two big 3’s in the period to help Apache Junction take a 51-48 lead into the final frame.
Holding on to the slightest of leads the Prospectors used their triangle delay to try and run the clock and get the quicker Demons to gamble. The strategy paid off as they were able to get layup after layup after making the Demons chase them for up to a minute at a time per possession. However, the Demons hung tough and were able to convert a few turnovers into baskets to force overtime at 62-62.
In overtime the Demons converted a layup off the opening tip and then another steal/layup to take a 4-point lead. However, Quiroz came up big hitting a corner 3 and converting an and-1 off a fast break to give the Prospectors the lead. In a game filled with emotion in one of the loudest gyms I’ve ever been in the Prospectors were victorious 74-67.
Best Post: Khadar Sheikh(Apache)- The 6’7 Junior uses his size well to snatch boards and finish open layups at the rim. Will need to get stronger and improve footwork and develop more finishing moves
Most Versatile: Benson Atem (Dysart) 6’3 forward jumped center for the Demons but offensively plays the wing shooting pull up 3’s and driving to the basket
Poise/Potential: Jimari Grayson (Apache)-starting arguably the most important position as a point guard and just a Freshman, he never lost his cool or made mistakes for the Prospectors. Did a good job passing out of the press and finding the open man.
Best Handle: Elijah Childs (Dysart): super-fast shifty guards who gets to the basket and changes direction on a dime with his killer crossover!
Best Shooter: Trevor Bayer (Apache Junction)-made 6 straight technical foul free throw that never touched the rim. Has a slightly different release when shooting from deep but still managed to knock down a few 3’s in the contest.
Best Rebounder: Brigham Milkey (Apache)- the 6’3 junior did a solid job of clearing the glass for the Prospectors often bringing the ball up court after securing the board. Even hit a few threes from the top of the key!
Impact Award: Evan Quiroz (Apache)- the Prospector’s leading scorer at roughly 18 a game did not play in the first half. However, after starting the 2nd half and scoring on an NBA range three on his first touch it’s easy to see why. Has a shooting form that reminds me of Steph Curry with similar results!