Chaparral beats weary Desert Mtn. squad

Chaparral beats weary Desert Mtn. squad

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Chaparral beats weary Desert Mtn. squad

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Scottsdale Chaparral took advantage of a weary Scottsdale Desert Mountain team, beating it on the glass, in transition and from the perimeter in a 58-53 Division I boys basketball victory Friday night.

It was a February-like crowd at Desert Mountain’s gym, which was packed with loud student bodies. Afterwards, Chaparral students stormed the court and stomped on the Wolves’ logo, showing their pleasure in beating the higher ranked team.

“This is what you play for, isn’t it?” first-year Chaparral coach Dan Peterson said. “This is the kind of atmosphere you want to play in.”

Chaparral (3-2), playing its first game this week after going 2-2 in the Paradise Valley Invitational, made five 3-pointers in the opening quarter, building a 25-11 lead.

Chaparral was getting open looks from outside and big men Eric Conklin and Joe Boyd were beating Desert Mountain down the court. Desert Mountain (5-2) was playing its third game this week, after going 3-1 in the PV tournament, losing to Laveen Cesar Chavez in the final.

Conklin, 6-foot-7, had nine of his 14 points in the first half. Boyd, a 6-9 senior who signed with Drake, had eight points. Guard Kenzo Nudo had 10 points, along with guard Trey Conley, who made three 3-pointers.

“We knew they played three games this week and we had to come in here and run on them,” Conklin said.

But Desert Mountain showed resiliency twice in the final quarter. It went on a 9-2 run and cut Chaparral’s lead to 45-41 with 6:02 left. After Chaparral scored the next nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers from Conley, Desert Mountain cut it to 55-49 with 37 seconds left on forward Mark Andrews’ three-point play.

Desert Mountain, out of time outs, had a chance to cut it to three with 24 seconds left by Diego Magana (14 points), but he missed a 3-pointer.

Desert Mountain point guard Rolando Rhymes, battling through an illness, had 12 points for Desert Mountain. Desert Mountain made three successive turnovers after closing to to four early in the final period.

It was simply too much to overcome.

“I thought our guards defended really well,” Peterson said. “We put pressure on them.

“I think coming into a game like this everybody is already hyped up. We wanted to get up on them early.”

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