Pinnacle boys basketball rolls past Deer Valley

Pinnacle boys basketball rolls past Deer Valley


Pinnacle boys basketball rolls past Deer Valley


Glendale Deer Valley didn’t see the same Phoenix Pinnacle team it knocked from its No. 1 perch Friday night.

Sparked by junior guard Dorian Pickens, this Pinnacle team forced turnovers, dominated the glass, hit open shots and rolled to a 70-32 Divison I boys basketball victory Tuesday night over visiting Deer Valley.

Pinnacle (5-1) defended and rebounded better after Deer Valley (7-3) shot lights out and won Friday’s meeting at home 72-67.

Tuesday, the 6-foot-5 Pickens had 11 of his team’s first 18 points and Pinnacle had a 13-point lead seven minutes into the game.

“I think the defensive intensity was up, and we were sharing the ball,” said coach Charlie Wilde, whose preseason No. 1 team faces Scottsdale Chaparral next on Thursday. “The defense turns into offense for us.”

Pinnacle’s schedule gets much tougher next week when it travels to Las Vegas to play in the inaugural Tarkanian Classic at Bishop Gorman with teams like Los Angeles Fairfax, Brooklyn Lincoln, Long Beach St. Anthony, Compton (Calif.), and Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei playing.

Pinnacle, as usual, was led by Pickens and senior guard Drew Bender, along with junior guard Trey Ingram. The trio combined for 49 points Tuesday. Pickens had 18 and Ingram 16.

Pickens also had five steals and 11 rebounds.

“We played well over there (Deer Valley),” Deer Valley coach Jed Dunn said. “But I don’t think they’re 38 points better than us. Once they got up 15 points, we started to do some things and it got worse.”

Pinnacle built a 40-18 halftime lead, then scored the first eight points of the third quarter that started a running clock with a 30-point lead.

“They were on a mission,” Dunn said. “I think they took us lightly over there.”

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