Greenway boys basketball stymies Apollo in home win

Greenway boys basketball stymies Apollo in home win

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Greenway boys basketball stymies Apollo in home win

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Phoenix Greenway put a stranglehold on Glendale Apollo in the first quarter, allowing three points, and didn’t let up until the final buzzer echoed out of the home gym, signaling the 60-52 victory.

Greenway senior forward Jordan Johnson returned to the floor for his team in emphatic fashion, recording 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks after a two-week absence in Florida because of personal reasons.

“It felt good to be back home,” Johnson said.

“To have all the family and friends out to support it feels good to have another win in there.”

Greenway senior forward Chris Miller added to his already impressive resume, which already has earned him a spot at Northern Arizona next season, with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

“(We beat them) by rotating the ball we just go them off balance,” Miller said.

“It gives us more power points for the season putting us one step closer to our goal of getting to the playoffs.”

Greenway (7-2) had eight players score, but coach Howard Mueller subbing out his starters with 50 seconds to go in the third quarter when Greenway had a 20-point lead contributed to that.

“We all play together; we are all one unit,” Johnson said.

“We win by playing balanced, but everybody has their night.”

The game was a lot more one-sided than the final score suggested, with Apollo (4-6) being outrebounded 35-23.

Apollo also had only one player score in double figures, junior guard Avery Smith who finished with 12.

“To play hard on defense, that sets up our offense because we like to push the ball,” Miller said.

Earlier this year, Greenway won 49-43 at Apollo. Next up, Greenway will take on Cave Creek Cactus Shadows at home Monday.

Apollo will try to regroup against Phoenix Moon Valley at home.

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